Tony Brooks: Former Formula 1 driver dies aged 90

Tony Brooks, also known as the ‘Racing Dentist’, was the last surviving 1950s Grand Prix winner following the death of Sir Stirling Moss in 2020; Brooks raced in 39 F1 races and finished second in the 1959 World Drivers’ Championship with Ferrari

Last updated: 03/05/22 11:27 PM

Tony Brooks at the 1958 Italian Grand Prix at Monza

Tony Brooks at the 1958 Italian Grand Prix at Monza

Former racing driver Tony Brooks, who won six Formula 1 Grand Prix races in the 1950s and 1960s, has died aged 90.

Brooks, also known as the ‘Racing Dentist’, was the last surviving 1950s Grand Prix winner following the death of Sir Stirling Moss in 2020.

Goodwood Revival announced on his official Twitter account: “We are sad to announce the passing of Tony Brooks, the last surviving Grand Prix winner from the 1950s.

Brooks (left) alongside Vanwall teammate Stirling Moss in 1957

Brooks (left) alongside Vanwall teammate Stirling Moss in 1957

Known as the ‘Racing Dentist’, he was one of the best drivers who never became world champion despite six Grand Prix victories. Our thoughts are with his family.”

Brooks drove in 39 F1 races and finished second in the 1959 World Drivers’ Championship with Ferrari, after finishing third with Vanwall the year before.

Born in Dukinfield, Cheshire in 1932, Brooks, who followed his father into dentistry, achieved three pole positions and ten podium finishes during his six-year F1 career.

F1 chief executive Stefano Domenicali also paid tribute to Brooks in a statement, which read: “I was saddened to hear the news that Tony Brooks has passed away.

“He was part of a special group of drivers who were pioneers and pushed the boundaries at a time of great risk.

“He will be missed and our thoughts are with his family at this time.”

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