|First race||San Marino Grand Prix||Imola||May 13, 1990||Race results|
|Last race||Australian Grand Prix||Adelaide||November 13, 1994||Race results|
Youngest of Sir Jack Brabham's three sons, David considered racing only after spending a summer watching his brother Geoff race in the US. As soon as he returned to Australia he started in single-seaters, then joined his parents in England and was an instant hit in Formula Three. He won a long, hard fight with Allan McNish for the 1989 title and backed this up by winning the Macau Grand Prix, the unofficial world final for Formula Three. David made his Formula One debut in 1990 when Middlebridge, the team that was set to run him in Formula 3000, bought the Brabham Grand Prix team, an outfit that had been sold off by his father when he retired from racing in 1970. However, the car was not a gem and David was dropped at the end of the year, turning successfully to sports cars. After a spell with Jaguar and then Toyota, he made it back to Formula One with the formation of the Simtek team in 1994. It was a ghastly year, for team-mate Roland Ratzenberger was killed at Imola and David showed inner strength to remotivate the team. Fighting from the back of the grid, he gave it his all, with a best finish of tenth, but he could not find the money to continue and became a works BMW touring car driver, then moved to sports cars with Panoz.
Reproduced from The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Formula One published by Carlton Books