You might expect me to choose Mika Häkkinen. We fought each other hard for the GM-Lotus European championships in 1988, but I’m going for David Brabham. Our paths crossed early, and late, in my career and I’ve always thought his talent has never been given the recognition it truly deserves.
We fought hammer and tongs for the British F3 championship in 1989 and then we came up against each other again in sports cars. I was at Audi, he was at Panoz, and later at Peugeot. Racing against Brabs, there were some titanic battles.
At Silverstone in ’89, the British GP F3 support race, I’d been out for a couple of races after an accident when the roll hoop came off and I smacked my head, so I’d had some concussion. I was on pole, David alongside me, and as we went into Copse he was on the outside and I thought, ‘Right I’ve got you covered.’ Then, mid-corner, he was still there, going round me on the outside of Copse… That was a brave move, but I got him back at the end and won the race.