The family of three-time world champion Sir Jack Brabham has moved to distance itself from the recently-announced attempt to return the surname to Formula 1.
Brabham Grand Prix, set up by Formtech founder Franz Hilmer with ex-Super Aguri man Mark Preston as technical director, revealed this morning that it had lodged an entry for the 2010 F1 world championship.
But Brabham Enterprises Limited released a statement this afternoon saying that it is ready to take legal advice over the use of the name for the team.
The statement read: "Sir Jack Brabham and the Brabham family have expressed their surprise at the recent news reporting that an entry has been submitted for the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship by Formtech with the intention of operating as Brabham Grand Prix Limited.
"The family would like to make it clear that they are in no way involved with Brabham Grand Prix Limited and received no consultation regarding the company's plans to resurrect their historic name in Formula One.
"The family is taking legal advice and will take necessary steps to protect their name, reputation and its goodwill."