James Hunt's 1978 F1 diary part one

James Hunt's 1978 F1 diary part one

To coincide with the AUTOSPORT Legends Hunt and Lauda bookazine launch, relive JAMES HUNT's 1977 and '78 F1 seasons through his contemporary columns for AUTOSPORT magazine

The latest AUTOSPORT Legends bookazine focuses on 1970s Formula 1 superstars James Hunt and Niki Lauda and their infamous rivalry.

To coincide with its release, AUTOSPORT is republishing the complete series of 'Just James' diary columns that Hunt wrote for the magazine during the 1977 and '78 F1 seasons.

Part one: January to June 1977

Part two: July to December 1977

June 15 1978. After Belgium, I had a super busy weekend, starting off with a Texaco photo session with Barry Sheene, who is having almost as unlucky a season as I am. Then it was off to the West Country to open half a dozen Vauxhall dealerships on Tuesday and Wednesday. We were due to test at Donington on Wednesday afternoon, so we called on John Dicken, our ex-Navy helicopter man, who whisked me up to the Midlands circuit, only to find, even in the recent heatwave, rain interfering with our test session. Donington is super convenient for the Goodyear boys from Wolverhampton, and I guess will be used more and more by the Formula 1 teams.

We tried a front mounted wing on my M26 in our efforts to try to reduce the understeer aggravation that has plagued us all season. We gave it a whirl, but it was an open day with cars of vastly varying performances on the track, so I don't think it was a fair test. I was really impressed by the track manners and general discipline of the club racers present, which was a vast improvement on some of the Formula 1 drivers we have to contend with.

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