Australian Formula One legend Sir Jack Brabham has passed away aged 88 peacefully at home on the Gold Coast. Sir Jack was one of F1’s first triple World Champions, winning the title in 1959, 1960 and 1966 – the third time in a car designed and built by himself and his own team.
Sir Jack had been ill for some time suffering from liver disease, but his death still comes as a shock to the motor racing fraternity.
Current Australian F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo Tweeted:
‘Sorry to hear about Sir Jack Brabham. A great Australian who inspired many Aussies to pursue our dreams.’
SkyF1 pundit and former F1 racer Martin Brundle added:
‘Very sad to learn that Sir Jack Brabham has died. One of the most respected pioneers of motorsport on many levels. Great driver, quality man.’
“Australia has lost a legend.” added Tony Abbott, Australia’s Prime Minister.
“With his pioneering spirit, Sir Jack Brabham personified many great Australian characteristics. He was respected and admired for his spirit, and for his great skill as an engineer.”
Sir Jack triumphed in 14 F1 races during his 15 year tenure in the sport and remains the only driver to claim the title in a car designed and run by his own team. A fearless competitor – nicknamed ‘Black Jack’ – his rivals included Stirling Moss, Graham Hill and John Surtees who all considered him one of their greatest opponents.
After retiring from F1 in 1970 he continued to dabble in motorsport, establishing and running the Brabham F1 team until he sold the organisation to current F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone, who took the name to double titles in the early 1980’s.
His son David who briefly drove in F1 during the 1990’s confirmed his death in a statement.
“My father passed away peacefully at home at the age of 88 this morning. He lived an incredible life, achieving more than anyone would ever dream of and he will continue to live on through the astounding legacy he leaves behind.”