The delay that quashed Aston Martin’s last F1 venture
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The delay that quashed Aston Martin’s last F1 venture

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Aston Martin’s only previous foray into Formula 1 in the late 1950s was a short-lived and unsuccessful affair. But it could have been so different, says Nigel Roebuck.

“Well, you could say that Jack made the right decision!” said a laconic Roy Salvadori of Brabham’s opting to stay where he was for the 1959 grand prix season.

Both had driven for John Cooper the year before and also competed in sportscars with the Aston Martin team. When it was decided that Aston would enter F1, team manager Reg Parnell was keen to keep them on board: both men agreed terms and shook hands on the deal.

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