EB: Obviously I know that you’re Grandfather was part of it, but why did you particularly choose to do this (Project Brabham) when you had lots of other opportunities available to you?
SB: For Dad, sports cars has been a massive part of him. We needed a world platform and to go out, because we have 64 different countries who have contributed from Australia to Alaska. The idea was that we needed somewhere to start and Formula 1 is very difficult to get into and we would never be able to achieve what we want to achieve right now in Formula 1. So, with Dad having been in sports cars for so long, he knows it inside out. He knows the cars and how to drive them. Now it’s time to put that one to practice and be a great team and to go out to the FIA World Endurance Championship and all these amazing places. I think it’s going to work perfectly.
EB: You touched on emulating some of the things your Grandad’s done then but if you were to win a race under the Project Brabham name, how would you celebrate specifically?
SB: It would mean a lot. Dad’s driven a Brabham, Grandad’s driven a Brabham, and it would be a dream come true to drive and also to win in a Brabham. Having seen the process from the start of just an idea, to where we are now, it would be a very special moment and mean a lot.
EB: Obviously, all in your family have had brilliant training from your Grandfather. This could come across as controversial but who’s the best driver in your family? You are allowed to say yourself if you want to.
SB: No, I think it’s difficult to justify it because Grandad was a good driver but equally is Dad and Geoff and Gary (his uncles) and myself and Matt (his cousin) are paving our careers. It’s so hard to say because if you put everyone in the same cars, the same series, the same this, the same that, then you’d know who’s the best. With different eras, it entails different things. What Dad and Geoff have had to deal with is different to what Grandad had to deal with. Grandad wouldn’t have had as much thinking to do in the car as far as switches and temperatures, but he had to focus on his driving a hell of a lot more because the limit that he had to get to, the fine line between death and being severely injured or staying on track was very small. I’m not going to say who’s the best driver but I just hope to emulate some of the things that my Dad and Grandad have achieved.
EB: Brilliant, now moving onto some more general questions that our members would really like to know. What road car do you drive?
SB: A Vauxhall Corsa unfortunately.
EB: Obviously Christmas has just come around, so what did you get? Any specifically good presents?
SB: Well my phone was up for an upgrade, so I paid for a bit of that myself and then I got a few bits and bobs from Mum and Dad and my brother.
EB: What do you like to do when you’re not racing? Obviously it’s quite stressful, so how do you wind down?
SB: Wind down is probably not the right word I guess, but I’m at uni in Northampton doing Sport and Exercise Science and that’s going well. I play a lot of football for uni and I’m training as much as possible because even though I’m not racing, I want to be as fit as possible, so that when I’m in the car, I do a good job. I enjoy watching sport. I can’t get enough. I’ll stay up late and watch the cricket in Australia.
EB: Something I was planning to touch on is the cricket. You’re part English, part Australian, so when it comes down to the Ashes, who is your money on?
SB: Unfortunately, Australia. My brother plays a lot of cricket. He plays for the county and everyone supports Australia, which is quite weird. I am English but I like to keep the heritage going as well. Australia are playing a little bit better at the moment which is nice.