FALLEN GIANTS OF F1
In the 1970s, the idea of a Formula 1 that didn’t feature Brabham, Lotus or Tyrrell was unthinkable. But they are just three examples of title-winning teams that have disappeared from the sport…
Founded in 1960 by Jack Brabham and his Australian compatriot Ron Tauranac, Brabham won four drivers’ championships and two constructors’ titles during their 30 years in F1. Brabham won the title himself in 1966, with team-mate Denny Hulme winning the following year. In 1972 Brabham was bought by Bernie Ecclestone, and with renowned designer Gordon Murray the team took two more championships with Nelson Piquet (1981 and 1983). In total, Brabham started 394 GPS, winning 35 before dropping out of
F1 at the end of 1992.
Aside from Ferrari, Mclaren and Williams, no team have started as many F1 races as Lotus. Colin Chapman’s car firm entered F1 in 1952 and went on to dominate F1 at various points over the 1960s and ’70s. In total, Lotus won seven constructors’ championships and six drivers’ titles with legends including Jim Clark, Emerson Fittipaldi and Mario Andretti. After disappearing in the mid-1990s, the Lotus name was revived in 2010 and ran until a legal dispute meant the name switched teams. Renault took over Enstonebased Lotus at the end of 2015.
Ken Tyrrell established his team in the late 1950s and started building his own cars in 1970 – famously out of a small woodshed in leafy Surrey. The team’s most successful driver was Jackie Stewart, who won all three of his drivers’ championships with Tyrrell in 1969, ‘71 and ’73. During the 1980s and early 1990s the small team were renowned for nurturing young talent, giving drivers such as Stefan Bellof and Jean Alesi their F1 debuts. Tyrrell’s final year in F1 was in 1998 – 15 years after their last grand prix victory.