Three-times champion Sir Jack Brabham dies at 88

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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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49 comments on Three-times champion Sir Jack Brabham dies at 88

  1. Little_M_Lo (@pezlo2013) said on 19th May 2014, 7:20

    Really sad to hear of Sir Jack’s Passing. My only wish for him would be for a recognition of his achievements at this weekends Monaco Grand Prix, home to his first ever career victory on May 10, 1959.
    Rest In Peace, our Australian Legend.

  2. pH said on 19th May 2014, 7:54

    Re: Engines and budget cap.
    I just got an idea. Given that new, more expensive engines are exactly the opposite of what FIA was promising when luring new teams in a few years ago, how about if the engine bills of the teams were paid from the F1 earnings before they are divvied up between Bernie/dividends/temas? This way the teams and the vultures would get somewhat less cash, but the teams would also have significantly smaller spending, in effect making the price money more equal accross the field.

  3. Craig Woollard (@craig-o) said on 19th May 2014, 8:05

    Rest in peace Sir Jack. So much more to our sport than just a great driver. He was a great champion, a great innovator and a great ambassador for our sport, and the Brabham name remains one of the most legendary in motor racing.

  4. Neel Jani (@neelv27) said on 19th May 2014, 8:08

    RIP Sir Jack!

    COTD, I mean seriously?

    Inexplicable hairstyles are an important part of the spectacle of F1. They make it more visually appealing and are what the fans want.

    A spectacle of F1? Also the fans want it? I’ve never read a comment in my decade of following Formula 1 on having boring hairstyles. That’s a true COTD (sarcastically!).

  5. Force Maikel (@force-maikel) said on 19th May 2014, 10:00

    Sad to hear Jack Brabham has passed away, such a legend and ambassador for our great sport. May he rest in peace.

  6. Tayyib said on 19th May 2014, 11:10

    RIP Sir Jack Brabham

  7. electrolite (@electrolite) said on 19th May 2014, 13:11

    Rest in Peace, sir Jack. What a truly talented man.

  8. jpowell (@jpowell) said on 19th May 2014, 22:29

    When Jack was racing pole position was a marker for expected maximum performance during the race maybe a second shy. Today race performance is like a complex video game even when the two best cars with top rated drivers are pushing to their respective limits they are no where near the pole time. If you find this exciting you are obviously easily pleased or have lost a grip of what racing is all about.

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