Bridging the gap
One of the legends of Formula 1 history was Lord Alexander Hesketh: the self-styled ‘patron’ of the inimitable Hesketh Racing squad from the 1970s, which gave James Hunt his break into Formula 1, and was responsible for the best parties in the sport. The team regularly arrived at races in a fleet of Rolls Royces and was best-known for drinking Champagne at all hours. Maybe because of this, a number of more serious rivals thought that the eccentric Englishmen had no place in Formula 1 at all. As always, the patron was quick with an answer.
“The reason why we came into Formula 1,” declared Lord Hesketh, “was that we were no bloody good at Formula 2.”
Times have of course changed, but what hasn’t is that Formula 2 is still the established route to Formula 1 and it remains a massive challenge in itself – as Hesketh Racing originally discovered more than 40 years ago.