Brabham name could return to F1

Carlos PaceDec.31 (GMM) The famous Brabham name could return to Formula One, more than a decade since it made its last appearance at the 1992 Hungarian Grand Prix.

Former triple world champion Sir Jack Brabham, an Australian who is now 86, founded his eponymous team in 1960 and it later raced under Bernie Ecclestone’s stewardship. The team contested 402 grands prix.

In 2009, a German automotive supply company, Formtech, claimed that it now controls the Brabham team name and filed an official entry for the 2010 F1 season.

But the Brabham family hit back, launching legal action to “protect the family name”.

Jack Brabham’s son David, a sports car racing specialist who contested 30 grands prix in the 90s, said: “Right now this is a very sensitive issue.

“But, yes, there is the possibility to bring the team back [to F1],” he told Brazil’s Totalrace.

The Brabham team won two constructors’ and 4 drivers’ titles in the 60s and 80s, last racing with Damon Hill at the wheel in 1992.

David Brabham continued: “For now, we have a predicament behind the scenes, involving the rights of the name.

“It’s 98 per cent resolved, and when it is 100 per cent we’ll see what we can do.”

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  • Adam

    1992 Hungarian GP not 1999.

  • JodyRenza

    That will be great news to have the Brabham name back in Grand Prix racing (hopefully without Bernie having a say)!!

  • McLarenfan

    Now that would be good!

  • stenu

    What’s in a name? I’d say let it sleep. It would be just like the current “Lotus”, which isn’t really a Lotus.

  • Lauda Fan

    That’s Carlos Pace in the 1974 BT44…the sexiest F1 car in history. Yeah, bring back Brabham but do it right. Not like “Lotus” which is really a Renault