Monday, 31 December 2012 14:25
Brabham name could return to Formula 1 - The famous Brabham name could once again make a return to Formula One.
Former triple World Champion Jack Brabham, an Australian who is now 86, founded his eponymous team in 1960 and it later raced under Bernie Ecclestone's stewardship.
In 2009, a German automotive supply company, Formtech, claimed it now controls the Brabham team name and filed an official entry for the 2010 Formula 1 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 1990's, said: "Right now this is a very sensitive issue.
"But, yes, there is the possibility to bring the team back (to Formula 1)," he told Brazil's Totalrace.
The Brabham team won two constructors' and 4 drivers' titles in the 1960's and 1980's, last racing with Eric van de Poele and rookie driver Giovanna Amati (the last female to enter a Formula 1 race), but was later replaced by another rookie Damon Hill at the wheel of the Brabham-Judd BT60B in 1992.
David Brabham continued: "For now, we have a predicament behind the scenes, involving the rights of the name.
"It's 98 percent resolved, and when it is 100 percent we'll see what we can do."