David Wishart Hobbs (born June 9, 1939 in Royal Leamington Spa, England) is a former British racing driver in Formula One. He is most well known for his role as a commentator for Formula One races in the United States, first on ESPN, then Speed Channel and finally on NBC and NBC-Sports Networks.


Formula One Career[edit | edit source]

Before Formula One[edit | edit source]

1967[edit | edit source]

1968[edit | edit source]

1971[edit | edit source]

1974[edit | edit source]

Driving a McLaren M24, Hobbs started ninth and finished fifth at the 1974 Indianapolis 500.

Formula One Broadcaster[edit | edit source]

Hobbs was one of the first commentators to doubt the safety improvements made to the Tamburello corner for 1990. Hobbs was doubtful that a concrete run-off area would make any difference in preventing a major accident at the corner. This would fatefully turn out to be correct when Satoru Nakajima and Riccardo Patrese were both injured in accidents at the corner in 1990 and 1992. However, most infamously, Hobbs was certainly proved to be correct when Ayrton Senna was killed at the corner in 1994. 

Leigh Diffey (Left), David Hobbs (center), and Steve Matchett (Right) on Speed Channel

At the end of the broadcast for the 2017 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Hobbs announced his retirement from broadcasting.


Formula One Statistical Overview[edit | edit source]

Formula One Record[edit | edit source]

Year Entrant Team WDC Points WDC Pos. Report
1964 Merlyn Racing Merlyn-Ford Cosworth* Non-championship only
1966 Reg Parnell Racing Lotus-BRM Non-championship only
1967 Bernard White Racing BRM 0 NC Report
Lola Cars Lola-BMW*
1968 Bernard White Racing BRM 0 NC Report
Honda Racing Honda
1970 Team Surtees Surtees-Chevrolet Non-championship only
1971 Hogan Racing McLaren-Chevrolet 0 NC Report
Penske-White Racing McLaren-Ford Cosworth
1973 Hogan Racing Lola-Chevrolet Non-championship only
1974 Hogan Racing Lola-Chevrolet 0 NC Report
Yardley Team McLaren McLaren-Ford Cosworth
  • Italic donates as non-championship entries.
  • * Classified as a Formula Two entry.
  • Classified as a Formula 5000 entry.

Career Statistics[edit | edit source]

Entries 9
Starts 6
Pole Positions 0
Front Row Starts 0
Race Wins 0
Podiums 0
Fastest laps 0
Points 0
Laps Raced 366
Distance Raced 1864 km (1158 mi)
Races Led 0
Laps Led 0
Distance Led 0 km (0 mi)
Doubles 0
Hat-Tricks 0

Career Results[edit | edit source]

Complete Formula One results
Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Pts Pos
1967 Flag of South Africa 1928-1994.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of the Netherlands.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Mexico.svg 0 NC
8th 10th 9th
1968 Flag of South Africa 1928-1994.svg Flag of Spain 1945 1977.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of the Netherlands.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Mexico.svg 0 NC
Ret
1971 Flag of South Africa 1928-1994.svg Flag of Spain 1945 1977.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of the Netherlands.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Austria.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of the United States.svg 0 NC
10th
1974 Flag of Argentina.svg Flag of Brazil (1968–1992).svg Flag of South Africa 1928-1994.svg Flag of Spain 1945 1977.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Sweden.svg Flag of the Netherlands.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Austria.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of the United States.svg 0 NC
7th 9th


Key
Symbol Meaning Symbol Meaning
1st Winner Ret Retired
2nd Podium finish DSQ Disqualified
3rd DNQ Did not qualify
5th Points finish DNPQ Did not pre-qualify
14th Non-points finish TD Test driver
NC Non-classified finish (<90% race distance) DNS Did not start
Italics Scored point(s) for Fastest Lap [+] More Symbols

External links[edit | edit source]

Quotes[edit | edit source]

Commentary[edit | edit source]

  • "Well I must say that the weight limit in these cars is so low, it makes for ridiculously light drivers. I really think they should weigh the car and the driver just like they do in horse racing." - Discussing the new weight regulations. ESPN. 1990 Brazilian Grand Prix. 
  • "I'm not sure of the overall safety of that." On the safety improvements to the Tamburello corner. ESPN. 1990 San Marino Grand Prix.
  • The Lotus team and the Camel people all think extremely highly of a young Martin Donnelly. Of course, he learned it all from a certain older driver when they drove together in a Porsche 962 at Nurburgring, a couple of years ago. I can't remember who that driver is now.... "  ESPN. 1990 San Marino Grand Prix.
  • "I consider anything above 15 [mph] a big moment." Discussing what is considered a major loss of control in a car. ESPN. 1990 San Marino Grand Prix.
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