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The golden years of Bernie Ecclestone’s Brabham Formula 1 Team had long been over in 1991. Martin Brundle and Mark Blundell even had to go through the unpopular pre-qualifying sessions that year. The new BT60Y car had been designed by Argentinian Sergio Rinland and raced on Pirelli tires. After the embarrassment with their V8 F1 engine in 1989 Yamaha had taken a break of a full year to design a completely new 12-cylinder engine. The OX99 V12 had five valves per cylinder and – with a performance of around 640 to 690 hp – it was on the level of the Cosworth V8 used by numerous other teams on the back of the grid.
After a year of testing for Williams Mark Blundell had gladly accepted a Brabham contract for a full Formula One season in 1991 although it was obvious that the underfinanced team was on the decline. The season became an emotional rollercoaster with two non-qualifications, nine retirements but also an 8th position at Imola and even one championship point for finishing 6th at Spa. At the German GP Mark Blundell qualified 21st and finished 12th and last just behind teammate Brundle. Brabham’s quiet departure had just begun and after 1992 the famous name disappeared from the Formula 1 grids completely. Yamaha’s V12 went to Jordan for 1992.