New row over use of Brabham name

Posted on Author Keith Collantine

Brabham is the latest former F1 team to be tipped to return to F1 in 2010, joining the likes of Lola and March.

However the company that has submitted the entry for 2010 under the Brabham name is not linked to the man who founded the original Brabham team, three-times F1 champion Sir Jack Brabham.

The entry has been put forward by a German-based company who it appears may have run afoul of Sir Jack in the past.

Last year a German company calling itself “Brabham Racing” announced plans to build a car based on the BMW M3, dubbed the BT92, harking back to Brabham’s car designations.

The Brabham family reacted with anger to the news. David Brabham, a son of Sir Jack who also competed in F1, said at the time:

Although legally they’ve actually registered those names, it’s in complete bad faith. It’s with our legal advisers. We want to make it clear it has nothing to do with us.

It’s not clear if the ‘Brabham Grand Prix’ team which claims to have lodged an entry for 2010 is related to the German company behind the BT92. But the Brabham family are understood to be unhappy with this new use of their historic name.

All of which makes you wonder how credible this purported entry really is.

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