TONY BROOKS has died on the age of 90.
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Tony Brooks – among the finest British F1 drivers to by no means win a title – has died on the age of 90, his daughter Giulia has introduced. Brooks, who was often known as the Racing Dentist and competed for six years, tasted victory at six Grands Prix and simply missed out on touchdown the F1 world title in 1959.
Following affirmation of Brooks’ demise, F1 chief government Stefano Domenicali paid tribute to him in a brief assertion. “I used to be saddened to listen to the information that Tony Brooks has died,” learn the assertion.
“He was a part of a particular group of drivers who have been pioneers and pushed the boundaries at a time of nice threat. He will likely be missed and our ideas are together with his household presently.”
Brooks was born in Dukinfield, Cheshire in 1932 and had adopted his father into dentistry. However whereas he was finding out for his finals at Manchester College in 1955, the Connaught crew known as him up as a last-minute entry for the Syracuse Grand Prix. And, regardless of lacking the primary apply day, he famously shocked world championship regulars Luigi Musso and Luigi Villoresi to win the race.
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Tony Brooks – among the finest British F1 drivers to by no means win a title – has died on the age of 90 (Picture: GETTY)
Brooks quickly determined to carry fireplace on his profession as a dentist to give attention to full-time motor racing. He entered F1 a yr later with BRM, however solely raced twice for the crew earlier than becoming a member of Stirling Moss at Vanwall a yr later. And he gained the British Grands Prix in his debut season alongside his fellow Briton.
Brooks went on to complete third on the earth championship with Vanwall, earlier than shifting to Ferrari in 1959. And he ought to have gained the championship throughout his time with the Scuderia however in the end completed second after being hit by team-mate Wolfgang Von Journeys on the primary lap of the season-deciding US Grand Prix.
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Tony Brooks (left) raced alongside Stirling Moss at Vanwall (Picture: GETTY)
“My pure inclination was to hold on,” Brooks went on to say. “Imagine me, that might have been the best factor to do – however I made myself are available in to have the automotive checked over. I misplaced half a lap doing that, and nonetheless completed third. Stirling retired, and Jack [Brabham, the eventual champion] ran out of petrol close to the tip. Nonetheless, in my very own thoughts, I feel I did the precise factor.”
Brooks left Ferrari after one season however continued to race in F1 in 1960 and 1961. However following an unsuccessful return to BRM, he in the end determined to retire. Throughout his profession, he began 39 races and secured 10 podium finishes. And after Juan Manuel Fangio, Alberto Ascari and Moss, he was probably the most profitable driver of his period.