Former glory of Formula 1 from 1956 to 1961, Tony Brooks died Tuesday evening at the age of 90. Nicknamed “the racing dentist”, the Briton has finished on the podium 10 times, including 6 times on the top step in 38 F1 Grands Prix. It notably won those of Belgium, Italy, France and Germany.
Brooks raced at Connaught, Cooper, Vanwall and Ferrari. It was in the Italian car that he had his best season in 1959. He finished vice-world champion behind Jack Brabham. At 29, he retired from sport and joined his father, who was in charge of a car dealership. Brooks is widely regarded, along with Stirling Moss, as the best British driver to never win an F1 world championship.
“He was part of a special group of drivers who were pioneers and who pushed the limits at a time of great risk ,” said F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali. He will be missed and our thoughts are with his family at this time.
The Briton was the last surviving Formula 1 race winner of the 1950s.