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Brabham name set for F1 return

The famous Brabham name could be set return to Formula One if legal issues surrounding the rights to the name's use are resolved.

Sir Jack Brabham, an Australian now aged 86, founded his eponymous team, which later raced under Bernie Ecclestone's stewardship, in 1960.

In 2009, however, a German automotive supply company named Formtech claimed ownership of the name, filing an official entry for the 2010 F1 season.

The Brabham family contested the claim in court, and though the situation is not yet fully resolved, Jack Brabham's son David says there is a possibility the Brabham team name could be heading back to Formula One.

"Right now this is a very sensitive issue," he told Totalrace. "But, yes, there is the possibility to bring the team back (to F1)."

The Brabham team last raced in 1992 with Damon Hill at the wheel, but has a proud history, winning four drivers' titles in 1966, 1967, 1981 and 1983. It also won the constructors' title in 1966 and 1967.

David Brabham added: "For now, we have a predicament behind the scenes, involving the rights of the name. "It's 98 per cent resolved, and when it is 100 per cent we'll see what we can do."