Tributes pour in for Sir Jack Brabham
19 May 2014 – The world of motor racing lost a legend on Monday morning, as Sir Jack Brabham passed away peacefully in his Gold Coast, Australia home. Tributes have since poured in for the three-time World Champion.
A selection of tributes for Sir Jack Brabham:
Australian prime minister Tony Abbott
"Australia has lost a legend. 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."
Ex-Formula 1 driver Mark Webber
"I was saddened to hear the news of Jack's passing today – he is the epitome of a champion racing driver and a true blue Aussie. He was a trailblazer; he took the hardest road and made it easier for the rest of us to follow. When I think of Jack, I think of a tenacious individual; an absolute grafter; he did it his own way and made it stick. There were no real rules or a manual for Jack; he figured it for himself. What he achieved taking on the best in the world and winning one of his three world titles in his own machinery is the stuff of pure legends.
"On a personal note, Jack was simply the biggest name in the Webber household. He was inspirational. My dad followed his career from when he raced in Australia and then did his best to keep track of Jack's progress when he moved overseas to take on the best in the world.
"I was very fortunate that I was introduced to Jack before I left Australia and to be in his presence as a 17 or 18-year old as I must have been at the time, just blew me away. He provided me with endless support and advice over the years and became a close confidante - even right up until the last couple of years when, after hearing the rumours that I might move to Ferrari, he told me he would be very disappointed if I went there because for him, it was the absolute betrayal because they were his motivation – the ones he wanted to beat in his day!
"Jack and Margaret were always generous with their time and I'm proud that, although I was unable to repay that support by joining him and Alan Jones as World Champions, I gave him some very happy moments by winning some of the more prestigious special Grands Prix.
"To Margaret, Geoff, Gary and David and their respective families, you are very much in our thoughts at this sad time. Jack was a legend in the truest sense of the word, an inspirational Aussie battler and someone who will never be forgotten."
McLaren Group CEO Ron Dennis
"The word 'legend' is often used to describe successful sportsmen, but often it exaggerates their status. In the case of Sir Jack Brabham, however, it's entirely justified.
"A three-time Formula 1 World Champion, he remains the only driver to win a Formula 1 World Championship driving a car bearing his own name – a unique achievement that will surely never be matched.
"When I started out in Formula 1 in the late 1960s, I worked first for Cooper and then for Brabham. Even as a callow youth, I could recognise greatness when I saw it, and I'll always regard it as an honour and a privilege to have worked for Sir Jack. I learned a lot from him too.
"So, on behalf of all at McLaren, I'd like to pay tribute to one of the most illustrious names in motor racing history, and above all to extend heartfelt condolences to Sir Jack's widow Margaret and his three sons Geoff, David and Gary."
Grandson Matthew Brabham
Australian Grand Prix organisers
Red Bull F1 Team
Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo
Mercedes F1 Team
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton
Lotus F1 Team
Lotus driver Romain Grosjean
Force India F1 Team
Marussia driver Jules Bianchi
Marussia driver Max Chilton
Sauber reserve driver Giedo van der Garde
Ex-Formula 1 driver Martin Brundle
Ex-Formula 1 driver Johnny Herbert
Ex-Formula 1 driver Allan McNish
Ex-Formula 1 driver Karun Chandhok