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)
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Birthdate: January 19, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Frome, 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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James Hunt
(Racing driver)
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Birthdate: August 29, 1947
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Belmont, Surrey, England,
Died: June 15, 1993

James Hunt was a British racing driver who earned the nickname 'Hunt the Shunt' for his action-packed and often reckless exploits on the track. In 1976, he won the Formula One World Championship in his first year with McLaren, which inspired several teenagers to take up motor racing. James Hunt has inspired racers, such as Kimi Räikkönen.

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Jackie Stewart
(British Retired Racecar Driver Who Competed in 'Formula One')
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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 1992 World Championship )
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Birthdate: August 8, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Upton-upon-Severn, Worcestershire, England
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David Coulthard
(Racecar Driver)
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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.
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Graham Hill
(British Racing Driver Who Won the 1962 and 1968 'Formula One' World Championship Title)
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Birthdate: February 15, 1929
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hampstead, London, England
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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Jim Clark
(One of the Greatest Formula One Racing Drivers and Two-Time World Champion in 1963 and 1965)
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Birthdate: March 4, 1936
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Fife
Died: April 7, 1968
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Susie Wolff
(British Retired Racing Driver Who Competed in 'Formula One')
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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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Damon Hill
(British Retired Racing Driver Who Won the 1996 'Formula One World Championship' title)
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Birthdate: September 17, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England

Damon Hill is a British retired racing driver best known for winning the Formula One World Championship title in 1996. He is currently a part of the broadcasting team of Sky Sports F1, providing expert analysis. Damon Hill is also known as the son of former Formula One World Champion, Graham Hill.

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Colin McRae
(British Rally Driver Who Died in a Helicopter Crash in 2007)
Colin McRae
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Birthdate: August 5, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lanark
Died: September 15, 2007

Colin McRae was a British rally driver who won the British Rally Championship title in 1991 and 1992. In 1995, he became the youngest person and the first British driver to win the World Rally Championship Drivers' title. Colin McRae's career was cut short by his sudden demise in 2007 when he was killed in a helicopter crash. 

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Christian Horner
(British Retired Racing Driver & Current Team Principal of 'Red Bull Racing')
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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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Stirling Moss
(Racing Driver)
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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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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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Dan Wheldon
(British Racing Driver & 'Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame' Inductee)
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Birthdate: June 22, 1978
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Emberton
Died: October 16, 2011

Dan Wheldon was a British racing driver best remembered for winning the IndyCar Series Drivers' Championship title in 2005 for Andretti Green Racing (AGR). He is also remembered for winning the Indianapolis 500 twice. Dan Wheldon was killed at the age of 33 while competing in the 2011 IZOD IndyCar World Championship when his car collided with a fence post.

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Martin Brundle
(British Retired Racing Driver Who Competed in 'Formula One')
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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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John Surtees
(British Motorcycle Road Racer and Racecar Driver)
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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)
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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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Ben Collins
(British Racing Driver and Winner of the 2003 ASCAR Championship)
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Birthdate: February 13, 1975
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bristol
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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: West Lothian

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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Eddie Irvine
(Retired Racing Driver Who Competed in 'Formula One')
Eddie Irvine
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Birthdate: November 10, 1965
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Newtownards

Eddie Irvine is a retired racing driver who participated in F1 races between 1993 and 2002, finishing second in the World Drivers' Championship in 1999. Apart from F1, Eddie Irvine has also competed in Jaguar Racing, Formula 3000 Championships, and Formula Three. Since his retirement, Irvine has established himself as a media personality.

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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
(The First 'Formula One' World Champion from the United Kingdom)
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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Tiff Needell
(British Racecar Driver and TV Presenter)
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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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Colin Chapman
(English Design Engineer & Founder of the Popular British Automotive Company, 'Lotus Cars')
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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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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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Mike Hailwood
(One of the Few Men to Participate at Grand Prix Level in Both Car and Motorcycle Racing)
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Birthdate: April 2, 1940
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Birmingham
Died: March 23, 1981
Counted among the greatest racers of all time, Mike Hailwood was one of the few men to participate at Grand Prix level in both car and motorcycle racing. A nine-time world champion, Mike Hailwood also won 76 Grand Prix races in his motorcycle racing career. In 2001, he was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame.
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Martin Donnelly
(Race Car Driver)
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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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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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Jason Plato
(British Racing Driver )
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Birthdate: October 14, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Oxford, Oxfordshire, England
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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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Malcolm Campbell
(British Racer Who Achieved the World Speed Record on Both Water and Land on Multiple Occasions)
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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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Roger Williamson
(British Racing Driver and 'Formula Three' Champion)
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Birthdate: February 2, 1948
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ashby-de-la-Zouch
Died: July 29, 1973

Roger Williamson was a British racing driver best remembered for winning the British Formula Three Championship title twice. Williamson died at the age of 25 while competing in his second F1 race during the 1973 Dutch Grand Prix in the Netherlands.

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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

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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Peter Collins
(Former British Racing Driver Who Died in a Fatal Crash in the 1958 German Grand Prix)
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Birthdate: November 6, 1931
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kidderminster
Died: August 3, 1958
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David Purley
(British Formula One Racing Driver)
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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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Katherine Legge
(British Racing Driver Who Became the Second Woman to Test a F-1 Car)
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Birthdate: July 12, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Guildford
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Piers Courage
(Former British Racing Driver Who Died During a Fatal Accident During the 1970 Dutch Grand Prix)
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Will Stevens
(British Racing Driver and Former Formula One Driver)
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Birthdate: June 28, 1991
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rochford, Essex, United Kingdom
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Derek Warwick
(Retired British Formula One Racing Driver and Winner of 1992 24 Hours of Le Mans)
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Birthdate: August 27, 1954
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: United Kingdom
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Allan McNish
(Retired British Racing Driver and Three-Time Winner of '24 Hours of Le Mans' )
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Birthdate: December 29, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dumfries
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Derek Bell
(One of the Most Liked Racing Drivers of His Generation)
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Birthdate: October 31, 1941
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pinner, Middlesex, England
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Sam Bird
(British Racing Driver Who Competes for Jaguar TCS)
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Birthdate: January 9, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Roehampton, London, United Kingdom
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Mark Blundell
(Retired British Formula One Racing Driver and Winner of 1992 24 Hours of Le Mans)
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Birthdate: April 8, 1966
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chipping Barnet
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David Hobbs
(American Basketball Coach and Former Player)
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Birthdate: June 9, 1939
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Royal Leamington Spa
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Tom Chilton
(British Race-Car Driver and Winner of 2010 BTCC Independents' Trophy and 2017 WTCC Independents’ Trophy)
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Birthdate: March 15, 1985
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Reigate
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Marino Franchitti
(British Racing Driver and Winner of the 2014 '12 Hours of Sebring’ )
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Birthdate: July 7, 1978
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bathgate
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Divina Galica
(British Sportswoman Who Competed in Four Winter Olympics)
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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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