John Michael "Mike" Hawthorn (born 10 April 1929 in Mexborough, died 22 January 1959 in Guildford) was a British racing driver. Making a meteoric rise through the junior ranks in 1950 and 1951, he attempted to enter all races of the 1951 Formula One season, but was only accepted to the Indianapolis 500 (where he finished 20th), Great Britain and Italy, both times unsuccessful. Undeterred, and with more sportscar experience, he signed for Bentley in 1952 and remained there for two seasons, racing on and off, without any success.
When Juan Manuel Fangio was injured in the 1954 Syracuse Grand Prix, Hawthorn was hired by Jaguar-Aston Martin Racing as a temporary replacement, but failed to impress and was soon replaced by Dries van der Lof. Hawthorn instead moved to Loyer, where he failed to make an impact, then Vanwall where he finally scored his first points in the high-attrition 1955 French Grand Prix. Impressed by his resolve, B.C.M.A. signed him for 1956. While he wasn't as quick as teammates Tony Brooks or Peter Collins, he proved dependable but unreliable, failing to qualify in Silverstone after not setting a time. Nonetheless, he took advantage of high attrition to surprisingly win a close-fought Italian Grand Prix ahead of four O.S.C.A. works cars.
Retiring from motorsport after 1958 due to health reasons, Mike Hawthorn was killed in a road accident in January 1959 at the age of 29.
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