Brabham’s F1 career lasted a remarkable sixteen years in an age when safety standards were poor and driver fatality rates were high.
His first full season came with Cooper in 1957 and in 1959 he took his first win, at Monaco. He added a second win at the British Grand Prix at Aintree and won the title by four points from Tony Brooks. The following year he made it two-in-a-row.
In 1962 he embarked on a plan to run a team under his own name and took the championship for the third in 1966, the only driver to do so in his own team. He was runner-up to Denny Hulme in 1967 but didn’t win again until 1970.
That was the year he led lap after lap at Monaco, only to spin off at the final corner under pressure from Jochen Rindt. He retired at the end of the year.