F1: Top 5 Australian drivers of all time
#4 David Brabham
Brabham. Not just a name. Not just a popular surname. Rather, a legacy in the iconic world of Formula 1.
Right? What Sir Jack Brabham gave to the sport could never have been thought of. Yet, the Australian carved an identity of his own; one that was as unique as it was thrilling.
But to a world that believes in comparisons and then, conveniently, also suggests that they ‘achieve nothing’ perhaps in the guise of being philosophical, it must be said, even as David Brabham didn’t achieve staggering success in Formula 1, his tenacity and talent afforded him hundreds and thousands of fans.
While David competed in 24 Grands Prix and could manage only a best-place finish of P10, at the 1994 Spanish GP (Catalunya), he would always be remembered for his talent and sheer grit in Formula Three.
David Brabham demonstrated a sterling example of the above was demonstrated in winning the 1989 Macau Grand Prix with Bowman Racing, ahead of Julian Bailey and Christophe Bouchut, of Team Schubel and KTR respectively.
That said, what one cannot and mustn’t from David Brabham’s career is his showing tremendous character at motivating the Simtek F1 team post the tumultuous 1994 season, when he lost his teammate Roland Ratzenberger at the horrific events at Imola, that also took away Senna.