Famous British F1 Drivers

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Lewis Hamilton
(British Formula One Driver and Winner of Seven World Drivers' Championship Titles)
Lewis Hamilton
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Birthdate: January 7, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Stevenage, Hertfordshire, England

The name Lewis Hamilton has become synonymous with Formula One, and such is the greatness of Hamilton. Honoured with MBE by the Queen, Lewis Hamilton is one of the most successful Formula One Grand Prix Racing Driver. Hamilton was the first Black driver to win the Championship and has 6 World Championship titles and 90 race victories to his name.

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Jenson Button
(British Racing Driver Who Won the 'Formula One World Championship' title in 2009)
Jenson Button
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Birthdate: January 19, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Frome, Somerset, England

Jenson Button is a British racing driver best known for winning the Formula One World Championship title in 2009. A popular driver, Button is the recipient of several prestigious awards such as the Lorenzo Bandini Trophy and the Hawthorn Memorial Trophy. In 2017, Jenson Button was made an inductee of the FIA Hall of Fame.

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Jackie Stewart
(British Retired Racecar Driver Who Competed in 'Formula One')
Jackie Stewart
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Birthdate: June 11, 1939
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Milton, Dunbartonshire, Scotland

Jackie Stewart is a British retired racecar driver who competed in Formula One. He won three World Drivers' Championships between 1965 and 1973. He is best known for playing a key role as a campaigner for better safety measures at motor racing circuits. After retiring from racing, Jackie Stewart appeared as a sports commentator for ABC network.

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Nigel Mansell
(British Formula One Racing Driver and Winner of the 1992 World Championship)
Nigel Mansell
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Birthdate: August 8, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Upton-upon-Severn, Worcestershire, England

British former racing-driver Nigel Mansell, CBE, presently ranks as #2 in the list of most-successful British Formula One drivers of all-time with regards to number of race wins. Winner of Formula One World Championship and CART Indy Car World Series, Mansell became the only racing-driver to concurrently hold the titles of World Drivers' Championship and the American open-wheel National Championship.   

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Jim Clark
(One of the Greatest Formula One Racing Drivers and Two-Time World Champion in 1963 and 1965)
Jim Clark
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Birthdate: March 4, 1936
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kilmany, Fife, Scotland
Died: April 7, 1968

British Formula One racing-driver James Clark Jr. is counted among the greatest Formula One drivers of all time. He won his first World Driver’s Championships in 1963 making a record of winning seven out of ten races in a season. He again won the championship in 1965. His 1965 Indianapolis 500 win marked the first win for a rear-engined car.

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Graham Hill
(British Racing Driver Who Won the 1962 and 1968 'Formula One' World Championship Title)
Graham Hill
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Birthdate: February 15, 1929
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Died: November 29, 1975

Graham Hill was a British racing driver remembered for winning the Formula One World Championship title in 1962 and 1968. Counted among the greatest drivers of his era, Hill is the only driver to win the prestigious Triple Crown of Motorsport. Hill is also credited with inspiring his son Damon, who won the Formula One World Championship title in 1996. 

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David Coulthard
(Racecar Driver)
David Coulthard
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Birthdate: March 27, 1971
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Twynholm
Former race-car driver David Coulthard, also known as DC, gained fame for his 15-season stint with Formula One. He has 13 Grand Prix wins and 62 podium finishes to his credit. Following his retirement from F1, he worked a BBC commentator and later joined the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters series.
 8 
Susie Wolff
(British Retired Racing Driver Who Competed in 'Formula One')
Susie Wolff
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Birthdate: December 6, 1982
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Oban

Susie Wolff is a British retired racing driver who competed in Formula One. Wolff made history in 2014 when she became the first woman in 22 years to participate in a Formula One race weekend. Susie Wolff is the current CEO of Venturi Racing, which competes in Formula E.

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Stirling Moss
(Race-Car Driver Who Was Considered as One of the Greatest Drivers Who Never Won a World Championship)
Stirling Moss
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Birthdate: September 17, 1929
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: West Kensington, London, England
Died: April 12, 2020

British Formula One race-car driver Stirling Moss won several contests such as the British Grand Prix and the New Zealand Grand Prix. He was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, too. He later had a broadcasting career with Wide World of Sports and narrated Roary the Racing Car.

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Christian Horner
(British Retired Racing Driver & Current Team Principal of 'Red Bull Racing')
Christian Horner
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Birthdate: November 16, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Royal Leamington Spa

Christian Horner is a British retired racing driver. He is currently serving as the Team Principal of Red Bull Racing, which competes in Formula One. Over the years, he has helped the team win many world titles, including five World Drivers' Championship titles. Christian Horner has also served as the head of Arden International, which competed in International Formula 3000.

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Martin Brundle
(British Retired Racing Driver Who Competed in 'Formula One')
Martin Brundle
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Birthdate: June 1, 1959
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: King's Lynn

Martin Brundle is a British retired racing driver who competed in Formula One. After his retirement, Brundle started working as a commentator. Over the years, he has worked for television networks like BBC, ITV Sport, and Sky Sports.

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Dario Franchitti
(British Retired Racing Driver Who Won the 'IndyCar Series' on Four Occasions)
Dario Franchitti
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Birthdate: May 19, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bathgate

Dario Franchitti is a British retired racing driver best known for winning the IndyCar Series on four occasions. He also won three Indianapolis 500 titles and a 24 Hours of Daytona title during his career. A recipient of the McLaren Autosport Award, Dario Franchitti was made an inductee of the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 2019.

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Ben Collins
(British Racing Driver and Winner of the 2003 ASCAR Championship)
Ben Collins
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Birthdate: February 13, 1975
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bristol

British racing-driver Ben Collins has competed in several categories including Formula Three and has won the 2003 ASCAR Championship. He has worked as precision-driver in many films including driving James Bond's car in Casino Royale and appeared in shows like Top Gear. He was revealed to be Stig from the Top Gear show during a court-battle over his impending autobiography.  

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John Surtees
(British Motorcycle Road Racer and Racecar Driver)
John Surtees
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Birthdate: February 11, 1934
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tatsfield
Died: March 10, 2017

John Surtees was a British motorcycle road racer and racecar driver. He won the Grand Prix motorcycle World Championship title on seven occasions and the 1964 F1 World Championship title, becoming the first person to win World Championships on both four and two wheels.

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Justin Wilson
(British Racing Driver)
Justin Wilson
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Birthdate: July 31, 1978
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England
Died: August 24, 2015

Justin Wilson was a British open-wheel racing driver who took part in the IndyCar Series as well as the Formula One. He won many races, including the International Formula 3000 Championship title and the 2012 24 Hours of Daytona. In 2006 and 2007, Justin Wilson was honored with the prestigious Greg Moore Legacy Award.  

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Perry McCarthy
(British Racing Driver Who Played 'The Stig' in the Motoring TV Show, 'Top Gear')
Perry McCarthy
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Birthdate: March 3, 1961
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Stepney

Perry McCarthy is a British racing driver who competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans between 1996 and 2003. Although he was part of the Andrea Moda Formula team, McCarthy never competed in Formula One. Perry McCarthy is also known for playing The Stig in the motoring TV show, Top Gear.

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Paul di Resta
(British Racing Driver Who Competes in 'Formula One')
Paul di Resta
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Birthdate: April 16, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Uphall, West Lothian, Scotland

Paul di Resta is a British racing driver who competed for Force India in Formula One from 2011 to 2013. Currently, he is one of the reserve F1 drivers for McLaren. Paul di Resta also works as a commentator for Sky Sports.

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Donald Campbell
(English Speed Record Breaker Who Broke Eight World Speed Records on Land and on Water)
Donald Campbell
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Birthdate: March 23, 1921
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kingston upon Thames
Died: January 4, 1967

Donald Campbell was an English speed record breaker. He is best remembered for breaking eight world speed records on land and on water in the 1950s and 1960s. In 1964, he became the first person to set both world water speed and land records in the same year. Campbell died while attempting to set a water speed record in England.

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Mike Hawthorn
(British Racing Driver Who Became the United Kingdom’s First Formula One World Champion)
Mike Hawthorn
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Birthdate: April 10, 1929
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mexborough, England
Died: January 22, 1959

Mike Hawthorn was a British racing driver best remembered as the first Formula One World Champion from the United Kingdom; he achieved the feat when he won the world championship in 1958. Having been affected by the demise of his friend Peter Collins in the 1958 German Grand Prix, Mike Hawthorn announced his retirement after winning the F1 title.  

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Johnny Herbert
(British Retired Racecar Driver Who Competed in 'Formula One')
Johnny Herbert
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Birthdate: June 25, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brentwood

Johnny Herbert is a British retired racing driver who competed in Formula One between 1989 and 2000, during which he represented seven different teams. After retiring from competitive racing, Johnny Herbert became a TV personality and is currently working for Sky Sports F1.

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Henry Fitzalan-Howard, Earl of Arundel
(British Aristocrat, Businessman, and Former Racing Driver)
Henry Fitzalan-Howard, Earl of Arundel
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Birthdate: December 3, 1987
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London

Henry Fitzalan-Howard, Earl of Arundel is a British businessman, aristocrat, and former racing driver. He began his racing career in 2006 when he participated in the Formula BMW UK Championship and won the Rookie Cup for Fortec Motorsport. He also competed in the British Formula 3 Championship before focusing on his business. Henry is credited with co-founding Noble Insurance Group.

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Colin Chapman
(English Design Engineer & Founder of the Popular British Automotive Company, 'Lotus Cars')
Colin Chapman
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Colin Chapman was an English inventor, design engineer, and builder in the automotive industry. He is credited with founding the popular British automotive company, Lotus Cars. Chapman is best remembered for achieving major automotive technical advances through his sports car company Lotus Cars. Under Colin Chapman’s leadership, Team Lotus won six F1 Drivers' Championships and seven Formula One Constructors' titles.

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Tiff Needell
(British Racecar Driver and TV Presenter)
Tiff Needell
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Birthdate: October 29, 1951
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Havant, Hampshire, England

Tiff Needell is a British racecar driver and TV presenter. A former co-presenter of Fifth Gear and Top Gear, Needell currently presents a show called Lovecars. As far as his racing career is concerned, Tiff Needell has competed in popular races, such as Formula One and 24 Hours of Le Mans.

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Max Chilton
(Former racing driver who competed in Formula One, driving for Marussia F1 in 2013 and 2014)
Max Chilton
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Birthdate: April 21, 1991
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Redhill, Surrey, England, United Kingdom

When British racing driver Max Chilton made his Formula 3 debut at 16, he became the youngest deriver to do so. He now represents the North American racing series IndyCar. While he initially wished to be a farmer, he began his racing career at age 10, racing in karts.

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Martin Donnelly
(Race Car Driver)
Martin Donnelly
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Birthdate: March 26, 1964
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Belfast

Martin Donnelly is a motor racing driver best known for competing in popular races, including the Formula 3000 International Championship and Formula Three. He also competed in Formula One before a serious crash ended his F1 career. Since then, Martin Donnelly has been an important driving coach and works with Lotus Cars.

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Jason Plato
(British Racing Driver)
Jason Plato
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Birthdate: October 14, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Oxford, Oxfordshire, England

British racing-driver Jason Plato presently competes for BTC Racing in the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC). His achievements so far include becoming BTCC Champion twice, first for Vauxhall in 2001 and then for Silverline Chevrolet in 2010; and holding the record for most overall race wins in the championship. Plato is a co-presenter for the motoring television series Fifth Gear.  

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Malcolm Campbell
(British Racer Who Achieved the World Speed Record on Both Water and Land on Multiple Occasions)
Malcolm Campbell
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Birthdate: March 11, 1885
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London Borough of Bromley
Died: December 31, 1948

Malcolm Campbell was a British racer who achieved the world speed record on both water and land on multiple occasions. He is also known as the father of Donald, who became the first person to set both world water speed and land speed records in the same year. In 1990, Campbell was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame.

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Jonathan Palmer
(British Retired Racing Driver Who Competed in 'Formula One')
Jonathan Palmer
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Birthdate: November 7, 1956
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London

Jonathan Palmer is a British retired racing driver who competed in Formula One from 1983 to 1989. He is also known for his contribution in the development of the McLaren F1 road car. Since his retirement as a racer, Jonathan Palmer has established himself as a businessman. He is the current Chief Executive of MotorSport Vision

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Peter Collins
(Former British Racing Driver Who Died in a Fatal Crash in the 1958 German Grand Prix)
Peter Collins
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Birthdate: November 6, 1931
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kidderminster
Died: August 3, 1958

British racing-driver Peter Collins commenced his career at age 17 and gained-attention during Formula 3 races. He ranked third during the 1951 Autosport National Formula 3 Championship. He won the 1958 British Grand Prix and a couple of weeks later met with a fatal accident during the German Grand Prix. He was rushed to hospital, but died later that day.

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Anthony Davidson
(British Retired Racing Driver Who Competed in 'Formula One' for 'Super Aguri' and 'Minardi')
Anthony Davidson
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Birthdate: April 18, 1979
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England

Anthony Davidson is a British retired racing driver best known for competing in Formula One for Super Aguri and Minardi. Since his retirement as a racer, Anthony Davidson has established himself as a TV personality. He currently works for Sky Sports F1 as an analyst.

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David Purley
(British Formula One Racing Driver)
David Purley
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Birthdate: January 26, 1945
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bognor Regis
Died: July 2, 1985

David Purley was a British racing driver who competed in 11 F1 World Championship Grands Prix. He is best remembered for his heroics at the 1973 Dutch Grand Prix where he stopped in the middle of a race to save his fellow racer Roger Williamson. Purley was honored with the George Medal for his bravery in trying to save Williamson.

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Piers Courage
(Former British Racing Driver Who Died During a Fatal Accident During the 1970 Dutch Grand Prix)
Piers Courage
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British racing-driver Piers Courage began his Formula One World Championship career during the 1967 South African Grand Prix. He competed for Lotus, BRM, Brabham and De Tomaso, scored 20 championship-points and garnered two podium-finishes participating in 29 World Championship Formula One Grands Prix. His life was tragically cut-short after he met with a fatal-accident during the 1970 Dutch Grand Prix

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Allan McNish
(Retired British Racing Driver and Three-Time Winner of '24 Hours of Le Mans')
Allan McNish
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Birthdate: December 29, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dumfries

British racing driver Allan McNish was 19 when he had his first F-1 experience, with McLaren. Over his illustrious career, he won the 24 Hours of Le Mans thrice and also drove for Benetton and Renault. He is an FIA World Endurance Champion and has also won the American Le Mans Series thrice.

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Derek Warwick
(Retired British Formula One Racing Driver and Winner of the '1992 24 Hours of Le Mans')
Derek Warwick
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Birthdate: August 27, 1954
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: United Kingdom

British former racing driver Derek Warwick has been a regular at Formula One, though without much success. However, he is still regarded as one of the best F1 drivers. Post-retirement, he has served on the advising panel at various Grand Prix meetings. He is also a bowel cancer survivor.

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Will Stevens
(British Racing Driver and Former Formula One Driver)
Will Stevens
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Birthdate: June 28, 1991
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rochford, Essex, United Kingdom

British racing driver Will Stevens started his career with karts in 2003 and moved on to Formula Renault in 2008. He has driven for teams such as Manor-Ferrari and Caterham and has also been a test driver for Marussia. He has competed for the Belgian Audi team WRT, too.

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Katherine Legge
(British Racing Driver Who Became the Second Woman to Test an F-1 Car)
Katherine Legge
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Birthdate: July 12, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Guildford

British auto racing driver Katherine Legge is best known for her participation in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. She became the second woman to test a F-1 car when, in 2005, she tested at Vallelunga Circuit for the Minardi F1 Team. She has also tested for the UK team at the A1 Grand Prix.

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Derek Bell
(One of the Most Liked Racing Drivers of His Generation)
Derek Bell
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Birthdate: October 31, 1941
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pinner, Middlesex, England

A 5-time Le Mans 24 hours winner, British racing driver Derek Bell has raced for prominent F-1 teams such as Ferrari and McLaren. He is a 2-time World Sportscar Champion and a 3-time Daytona 24 hours winner. Apart from being named an MBE, he was also awarded the BRDC Gold Star 4 times.

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Sam Bird
(British Racing Driver Who Competes for Jaguar TCS)
Sam Bird
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Birthdate: January 9, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Roehampton, London, United Kingdom

British racing driver Sam Bird has tested for the Formula One team Mercedes GP and now competes for Jaguar TCS Racing in the Formula E World Championship. He has also participated in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Apart from racing, he is also an avid fan of football.

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Mark Blundell
(Retired British Formula One Racing Driver and Winner of the '1992 24 Hours of Le Mans')
Mark Blundell
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Birthdate: April 8, 1966
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chipping Barnet

Retired British Formula One driver Mark Blundell was the winner of the 1992 24 Hours of Le Mans and has had a successful career, driving for teams such as Tyrrell and McLaren. He has also worked as a Formula One analyst on ITV. He previously also owned a sports management company.

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David Hobbs
(American Basketball Coach and Former Player)
David Hobbs
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Birthdate: June 9, 1939
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Royal Leamington Spa

Retired British racing driver David Hobbs had a 30-year long stint on the racing circuit. Post-retirement, he has been a successful Formula One commentator with networks such as ESPN, NBC, and Speed Channel. He has also appeared in the movies Stroker Ace and Cars 2.

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Tom Chilton
(British Race-Car Driver and Winner of 2010 BTCC Independents' Trophy and 2017 WTCC Independents’ Trophy)
Tom Chilton
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Birthdate: March 15, 1985
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Reigate

British racing-driver Tom Chilton presently competes for Ciceley Motorsport in the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC). He also participated in FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) series, in the American Le Mans Series, European Le Mans Series and in the T Cars series. His achievements so far include winning the 2010 BTCC Independents' Trophy and the 2017 WTCC Independents’ Trophy.

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Marino Franchitti
(British Racing Driver and Winner of the 2014 '12 Hours of Sebring’)
Marino Franchitti
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Birthdate: July 7, 1978
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bathgate

British racing-driver Marino Franchitti, who has mostly raced in sports cars and grand tourers, won the GTO Championship during the British GT Championship series in 2001, and the 2014 12 Hours of Sebring event. He finished second in 12 Hours of Sebring event in 2008 and 2011. His elder brother Dario Franchitti is a former racing-driver and present motorsport commentator.

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Divina Galica
(British Sportswoman Who Competed in Four Winter Olympics)
Divina Galica
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Birthdate: August 13, 1944
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bushey Bushey Heath, Hertfordshire, England
Divina Galica is a British sportswoman who competed as a skier in four Winter Olympics, including the 1968 and 1972 Winter Games, where she led the British Women's Olympic Ski Team. Divina Galica is also a former racing driver who entered the F1 World Championship Grand Prix on three occasions.
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Andy Priaulx
(British Professional Racing Driver)
Andy Priaulx
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Birthdate: August 8, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Guernsey

British racing-driver Andy Priaulx is best-known for winning the European Touring Car Championship title in 2004 and the World Touring Car Championship title in 2005, 2006 and 2007. Such feat of Priaulx led him to become the only FIA Touring Car champion to win four international-level championship titles in four successive years. He also won the 1999 Renault Spider Cup.

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David Richards
(Former British Rally Driver and Chairman of 'Prodrive' and 'Motorsport UK')
David Richards
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Birthdate: June 3, 1952
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Wales

Though he initially studied accountancy, British rally driver David Richards later earned global fame as the co-driver of Ari Vatanen in the 1981 World Rally Championship, which they won. He later founded the motorsport and technology business Prodrive. He was made a CBE for his achievements.

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Peter Gethin
(Former British Racing Driver and Winner of the 1971 Italian Grand Prix)
Peter Gethin
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Born to jockey Ken Gethin, British racing driver Peter Gethin made history when he won the 1971 Italian Grand Prix with the fastest-ever speed. He also became the only racer to win any race in a Formula 5000 car. He also won a couple of notable non-championship races.

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David Hunt
(Former British Racing Driver and Brother of Formula One Champion James Hunt)
David Hunt
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Birthdate: May 20, 1960
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Belmont, Sutton
Died: October 11, 2015

English racing driver David Hunt competed in Formula Ford (1981-82), British Formula Three Championship (1983-87) and International Formula 3000 Championship (1988). He provided technical consultancy during development of the racing video game Revs as part of his sponsorship deal with Acorn Computers, his major sponsor in British F3. He made effort to save the bankrupt Team Lotus, however remained unsuccessful.

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Colin Davis
(British Formula One Driver)
Colin Davis
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Birthdate: July 29, 1933
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Marylebone, London, England
Died: December 19, 2012

Colin Davis was an English conductor best remembered for his work with the popular London Symphony Orchestra. He also served as the principal conductor of the Royal Opera House for more than 15 years. Colin Davis was the recipient of several prestigious awards, such as the Queen's Medal for Music, the Elgar Medal, and a Grammy Award.

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Eric Thompson
(Former British Motor Racing Driver)
Eric Thompson
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Initially an insurance broker at Lloyd's, Eric Thompson later gained fame as a motor racer. He also actively served in the army during World War II, before starting his racing career at age 28. He passed away at age 95, but not before becoming the oldest-surviving 24 Hours of Le Mans driver.

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Robin Widdows
(British Retired Racing Driver)
Robin Widdows
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Birthdate: May 27, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cowley, Middlesex, England, UK

Robin Widdows is a British retired racing driver who competed in F1, F2, and F3. He is also known for his participation in the 1964 and 1968 Olympic Games where he competed in the bobsleigh events. Robin Widdows is one of the few men to have competed in both Olympic Games and a F1 World Championship race.