Bernie Ecclestone (1972-1987)

Bernie Ecclestone (1972-1987) Tauranac left the team early in the 1972 season after Ecclestone changed the organization of the company without consulting him. Ecclestone later said: “Looking back, the relationship would never work,” noting that ” Tauranac and I had the same attitude of ‘Please be reasonable and do what I say.'” Highlights a year without direction, during which the team ran three different models were on pole position for the Argentine driver Carlos Reutemann in his career as owner of house in Buenos Aires and a non-championship victory in the Grand Prix at Interlagos. For the 1973 season, Ecclestone promoted Gordon Murray to the chief engineer of design. The young South African produced BT42 Reutemann with whom he recorded two podium finishes and finished seventh in the drivers’ championship. Ecclestone Herbie Blash also hired to manage the program of MRD in the F2.Blash by 1973 had become Brabham F1 team manager, working with Ecclestone and Murray for the next 15 years, during which time the team scored 22 wins and Nelson Piquet won the drivers’ world championships in 1981 and 1983. The Brabham BT44 was used in 1974 and 1975 seasons. In the 1974 season, Reutemann managed the first three wins of his career in Formula 1, and first since 1970 Brabham. The team finished fifth in the constructors’ championship, using the much more competitive BT44. After a strong finish in the 1974 season, many observers thought the team was favored to win the title in 1975. The year started well, with a first victory for the Brazilian driver Carlos Pace in Interlagos circuit in his native S o Paulo.However, later in the season, tire wear often detrimental to the car. Pace managed two podium finishes and finished sixth in the championship, while Carlos Reutemann had five podium finishes, including a dominant victory in the Grand Prix Germany in 1975 and finished third in the drivers’ championship. The team also finished third in the constructors’ championship table this year. While rival teams such as Lotus and McLaren relied on the Cosworth DFV engine from late 1960 until the early 1980s, Ecclestone sought a competitive advantage investigating other options. Despite the success of cars with Cosworth Murray, Ecclestone signed a deal with Italian manufacturer Alfa Romeo to use his long and powerful 12-cylinder engine of the 1976 season. The engines were free, but converted to the new BT45, then wore the red of Martini Racing, in inconsistent and heavy. The 1976 and 1977 seasons saw Brabham fall to the bottom of the category again.Reutemann negotiated the terminations of their contracts before the end of the 1976 season and signed with Ferrari. The Irishman John Watson replaced him for 1977. The team lost to Carlos Pace early in the 1977 season when the Brazilian was killed in a plane crash. For the season 1978, Murray’s BT46 showed numerous new technologies to overcome the difficulties caused by weight and engine mounting Alfa . Ecclestone then hired two-time Formula 1 world champion Niki Lauda, whose salary of 1 million was solved under the auspices of the Italian dairy company Parmalat. The year 1978 was dominated by the Lotus 79 ‘the winged car’ that used the ground effect aerodynamics to stick to the track on curves, but Lauda won two races in BT46, one of the controversial ‘B’ or ‘car fan ‘. The partnership with Alfa Romeo for the 1979 season ended, the first team with the young Brazilian Nelson Piquet.Murray designed the BT48 with ground effect around a new Alfa Romeo V12 engine and incorporated an effective system of carbon-carbon brakes – a technology that Brabham had been a pioneer in using it in 1976. However, unexpected movements of the center of pressure of the aerodynamics of the car madeits unpredictable handling and the new engine was not consistent. The team dropped to eighth in the constructors’ table at the end of the season. Alfa Romeo started testing their own Formula 1 car during the season, prompting Ecclestone Cosworth engine again, moved to Murray described “like having a holiday.” The new BT49, light and Cosworth engine was introduced before the end of the year in the Canadian Grand Prix 1979, where after practice Lauda announced his immediate retirement, explaining then that “and did not get any pleasure from driving round and round a circuit.” The Brabham BT49 competed four seasons, winning a championship.The team used the BT49 for four seasons.