Jack Brabham, Mark Webber, Alan Jones, Melbourne, 2011

Three-times champion Sir Jack Brabham dies at 88

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Jack Brabham, Mark Webber, Alan Jones, Melbourne, 2011In the round-up: Three-times world champion Sir Jack Brabham has died at the age of 88. Brabham (pictured in 2011 with Mark Webber and Alan Jones) was the only man to win the world championship in his own car, a feat he achieved when he won his third title in 1966.


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Sir Jack Brabham dead (The Sydney Morning Herald)

“Three-time formula one world champion Sir Jack Brabham has passed away, aged 88.”

Sir Jack Brabham, three-time Formula One world drivers’ champion and icon of world motorsport, dies aged 88 (ABC)

“He began racing a short time later, racing midget cars on dirt tracks. He told Australian Story in 2009: ‘I managed to win the third race I started in, and never looked back from there.'”

Hamilton reveals key areas of progress (ESPN)

“Particularly this year, it’s been braking. Working on the simulator last year, analysing data of how hard you hit the brake, the brake pivot position, the master cylinder, different brake material and really focusing on brake settings.”

New power units are ‘final straw’, say F1 teams (The Telegraph)

“‘This is the last roll of the dice,’ a source told The Daily Telegraph on Sunday. ‘It is the final straw.'”

Red Bull doubts Newey would leave (Autoaport)

“He has always made it clear his feeling towards the team, the paternal feeling he has for Red Bull.”

Lewis Hamilton’s success sparks fears he’s ruining F1 (Daily Mail)

Damon Hill: “The one-sidedness is one thing that frustrates about Formula One. We should take our hats off to the people who have worked hard and come up with the right answers. But if you are asking us to watch a motor race that is one-and-a-half hours long, it is not so easy.”

2014 Top Gear Festival Live in Barbados (YouTube)


Comment of the day

An amusing take on the engine noise debate:

All this harping on about engine noise serves only to distract attention from the real issue. Unnoticed by many, over the last few years drivers’ hair has become more and more bland and uninteresting. Where once we had the individuality and flamboyance of James Hunt and Alain Prost’s unruly visages, we now see only the number 1 buzzcuts and short back and sides sported by the likes of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.

Inexplicable hairstyles are an important part of the spectacle of F1. They make it more visually appealing and are what the fans want. I mean for god’s sake some of them even have beards! How can it claim to be the pinnacle of motorsport when WEC and NASCAR have more eye-catching coiffures? It’s a disgrace, F1 has lost its way.

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