The forgettable final car of a former F1 giant that gave Damon Hill his start
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The forgettable final car of a former F1 giant that gave Damon Hill his start

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While it launched the F1 career 
of a future world champion, STUART CODLING recalls that the BT60 was also the final nail in the coffin of a once-great marque 30 years ago. Here is its story

In 2021 David Brabham was asked if the family name might return to Formula 1. It’s an enquiry he’s accustomed to fielding, since the team founded by his father was one of the giants of F1 before it fizzled out in ignominy. The answer is usually “no” – and with good reason, since it took many years, much expense and a great deal of legal wrangling to regain the rights to use the Brabham name in motor racing. This time, though, he opened the door just a crack.

“Never say never,” he replied. “If something in Formula 1 came up… It can’t be anything – it’s got to look right and have the right backing, because I’ve been in F1 without the right backing and I’m not going to do that again. So it would have to have significant funding to sway us.”

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