Jack Brab­ham’s For­mula 1 ca­reer high­lights

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De­parted Aus­tralia to race in Eng­land. His grand prix de­but came at Ain­tree that year in a ‘Bob­tail’ spe­cial Cooper. He re­tired with a bro­ken valve.


Brab­ham took back-to-back ti­tles in the in­no­va­tive rear-en­gined Rob Walker-run Cooper tak­ing a to­tal of seven grand prix vic­to­ries – in­clud­ing Monaco – over two sea­sons. His most sat­is­fy­ing win came at Reims in 1960 when he over­came the pow­er­ful Fer­raris.


Brab­ham was back on top of the podium with his new, re­li­able Repco-en­gined BT19. Vic­to­ries came at Reims, Brands Hatch, Zand­voort and the Nür­bur­gring and he clinched his third world ti­tle – be­com­ing the first and only driver in the his­tory of the sport to achieve the feat in a car of his own mak­ing.



In his fi­nal year of F1, Brab­ham was once again in con­tention for the ti­tle. He won first time out in Kyalami, but lost two races on the last lap. At Monaco he was pres­sured into a mis­take on the fi­nal cor­ner, and at Sil­ver­stone he ran out of fuel. Both times the ben­e­fi­ciary was Jochen Rindt, who claimed the ti­tle (al­beit posthu­mously). Brab­ham re­tired aged 44 af­ter 16 sea­sons, col­lect­ing 14 wins and 13 poles. This was Brab­ham’s first ma­jor sea­son rac­ing in For­mula 1 as his part­ner­ship with the Cooper car com­pany de­vel­oped. The high­light was sixth place at the Monaco GP, al­though he pushed his car home af­ter he ran out of fuel – a feat he fa­mously re­peated in Se­bring when he won the 1959 cham­pi­onship.


Hav­ing set up his own team, Brab­ham started the 1962 sea­son with a Lo­tus be­fore his own car, the BT3 was ready. The sim­ple space­frame ma­chine was im­me­di­ately suc­cess­ful, tak­ing two fourth places at Watkins Glen and South Africa at the end of the year.


Fur­ther suc­cess for the Brab­ham name as Jack’s team-mate Denny Hulme won the cham­pi­onship. Jack was run­ner-up with two wins in France and Canada. A dis­as­trous four-cam en­gine was a fail­ure the fol­low­ing year and, in 1969, Brab­ham switched to Ford power.

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