John Watson

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John Marshall Watson (born 4th May, 1946 in Belfast) is a British former racing driver known for his appearances in Formula One and Sportscars.


Formula One

1976: March

By 1976, Watson was racing for the Beta March team alongside Italian Vittorio Brambilla. Unfortunately for Watson, the new 761 chassis was painfully average - and as a result Watson was unable to score any points in 1976.

1977: Shadow

The following year, Watson would swap seats with fellow Brit Tom Pryce - making the move to the Shadow team. Again, Watson was plagued by a poor car and struggled in the initial stages of the season. When the team dropped to pre-qualifying after the first three rounds of the season, team-mate Alex Ribeiro acted as a lead weight on most occasions preventing the team from progressing - meaning Watson would prequalify on just three further occasions and go a second consecutive season without points.

1978: Brabham

1978 would see an upturn in fortune for Watson, as he moved to Brabham to partner James Hunt. In the attrition hit season opener of the Argentine Grand Prix, Watson benefited by coming home third, less than a second ahead of Jody Scheckter

Later career

After his retirement from Formula One, Watson would become more of a protagonist on the International Sportscar stage - taking part in the Le Mans 24 Hours race on many occasions.

He would also begin to forge out a touring car career, entering a self-run Jaguar into the 1988 World Touring Car Masters.

Complete Formula 1 Results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; Races in italics indicate fastest lap)
Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Points WDC
1976 Beta Team March March 761 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARG
8
RSA
10
USW
10
ESP
7
BEL
13†
MON
9
SOV
Ret
FRA
Ret
GBR
Ret
GER
9
AUT
11
NED
Ret
ITA
Ret
CAN
Ret
USA
Ret
JPN
Ret
0
1977 Hollywood Shadow Racing Team Shadow DN5B Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARG
13
RSA
12
USW
Ret
ESP
DNPQ
BEL
DNPQ
MON
Ret
FRA
DNPQ
TUS
DNPQ
SOV
Ret
GBR
DNPQ
NED
DNPQ
GER
DNPQ
AUT
DNPQ
ITA
DNPQ
CAN
DNPQ
USA
DNPQ
JPN
DNQ
0
1978 Martini Racing Brabham BT46 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARG
3
RSA
Ret
USW
15
ESP
4
BEL
Ret
MON
5
FRA TUS GBR SUI NED GER AUT ITA CAN USA 9 8th