F1: Top 5 Australian drivers of all time
Australians are every bit as enigmatic as they are entertaining. Are they not?
They have quite literally 'Donned' in Cricket (Sir Donald Bradman), brought a lot of character to Tennis and where Formula 1 is concerned, then they've broken new ground.
In a sport that tests one's resolve and reflexes endlessly so, it's absolutely brilliant to note some names that have given one of the world's fanciest and fastest sports talents of a very high pedigree; racers that have excelled through both thrilling feats and multiple world championships.
At a time where the Lewis Hamilton versus Sebastian Vettel - the common (or dominant) discussion in the sport is back to where it belongs; on headlines and on everyone's minds, with the 2019 season only a few hours away from the start, it's worthwhile to note the best Australian F1 drivers of all time.
So while you have your own picks, what do you think of the following?
#1 Sir Jack Brabham
Few can better Sir Jack Brabham where greatness and absolute professionalism in the sport is concerned.
14 race wins, and utter dominance in the 1959 and 1960 F1 seasons, Jack Brabham remains, to this day, arguably, the greatest among the Australian F1 drivers.
Engineering expertise, driving skill, and a commanding presence, Brabham epitomized all three distinct facets in the sport.
An absolute legend, Jack Brabham won not one or two but 3 world championships.
Of these, the 2 titles he won came with Cooper (Cooper Car Company) which he himself helped develop.
His third-world title, however, that came in 1966, following a 6-year gap since his second crown (1960), came with Brabham, a Formula 1 team he co-founded with Ron Tauranac, a British-Australian engineer and racing car designer.
Implicit in John Arthur ‘Jack’ Brabham’s 16-year F1 career, were statistical highs that include 31 podium finishes, 12 fastest laps and some incredible race wins that came at Monaco (1959), the 1966 German Grand Prix at the legendary Nurburgring, the 1959 British Grand Prix, and the 1970 South African Grand Prix.