FALLEN GIANTS OF F1

F1 Racing (UK) - - PRO - James Roberts

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…

Brab­ham

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.

Lo­tus

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.

Tyrrell

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.

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