Former F1 engineer Hart passes away

Monday 06-January-2014 12:44

Brian Hart, a former Formula One engine builder who worked for the likes of Toleman, Jordan and Minardi, has died at the age of 77.

It was confirmed on Sunday that Hart passed away following an illness.

Hart's one and only F1 race was at the German Grand Prix in 1967, but it was his work behind the scenes through engine building where he won most of his plaudits.

He started his own company in the late 60s and initially supplied Ford engines for Formula Two cars before he started to develop his own engines after teaming up with Toleman in F2.

The successful combination moved up to F1 in 1981 and Hart's 415T turbo engine eventually helped Toleman to three podium finishes three years later with Ayrton Senna claiming a second place in the wet at Monaco and a couple of P3s at the British and Portuguese Grands Prix.

Toleman's Teo Fabi secured Hart a maiden pole position in 1985, but the manufacturer left F1 in early 1986.

However, Hart returned in 1993 with Jordan and was back on the podium at the Pacific Grand Prix in 1994 with Rubens Barrichello while the Brazilian also claimed pole in Belgium.

After teaming up with Footwork in 1995, Gianni Morbidelli claimed another podium for Hart at the season-ending Australian GP that year and it turned out to be the final one for the manufacturer as they failed to get any success with Minardi in the final season in 1997.

Tom Walkinshaw Racing bought the engine company in 1997 and founder Hart left TWR in 1999 after deciding to quit F1.

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