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Cooper

British

  • Cooper Car Company Official Name
  • Surbiton, England Base
  • 1950 F1 Debut
  • Charles and John Cooper Team Boss
  • n/a Technical Chief
  • 2 World Championships

Founded in 1946, the Cooper Car Company competed in Formula 1 from 1953 to 1968, securing two drivers’ and constructors’ championships in 1959 and 1960.

Notable Team Members and Drivers

Jack Brabham: The Australian driver was instrumental in Cooper’s success, winning the Formula One World Championship in 1959 and 1960.

Bruce McLaren: A key driver for Cooper, Bruce McLaren achieved his first Formula 1 win at the 1959 United States Grand Prix. McLaren’s success with Cooper laid the groundwork for his own F1 team, McLaren.

John Cooper: As a founder of the Cooper Car Company, John Cooper was a pioneering figure in the introduction and development of the mid-engine layout in Formula 1, contributing to the team’s two Constructors’ Championships and making a lasting impact on the sport.

Throughout their time on the grid, Cooper entered 129 races, achieved 16 wins, secured 11 pole positions, and recorded 14 fastest laps.

The T43 model marked a pivotal moment in F1 history as the first mid-engined car to secure a Formula 1 race win. This innovation was highlighted when Stirling Moss won the season’s opening race in Argentina, followed by Maurice Trintignant’s win in Monaco, which started the era of mid-engined cars in the sport.

Once every Formula 1 car manufacturer shifted to building mid-engined cars, the simplicity and clever design of Cooper’s single-seaters were surpassed by more advanced technology from companies like Lola, Lotus, BRM, and Ferrari. The decline of the Cooper team accelerated following a serious road accident in 1963 that left John Cooper gravely injured while driving a twin-engined Mini, compounded by the death of Charles Cooper in 1964.

Following his father’s death in April 1965, John Cooper sold the Cooper Formula One team to the Chipstead Motor Group.

The final nail in the coffin for the Cooper Car Company began in 1969 when it unsuccessfully sought sponsorship for a new car powered by the Cosworth DFV engine, leading to numerous layoffs. Frank Boyles, responsible for building customer cars, was the last to leave. There was hope that more Formula 2 cars would be sold, but this did not materialise. Beyond F1, Frank designed and constructed a Formula Ford car named the Oscar and a series of Oval Circuit cars called Fireballs. Competing in a rear-engine Fireball, Frank won over 200 races until 1975, a record believed to be unmatched, in a car he designed and raced himself.

Cooper Formula One World Championship Records

First entry1950 Monaco Grand Prix
Races entered129
Constructors’ Championships2 (1959, 1960)
Drivers’ Championships2 (1959, 1960)
Race victories16
Pole positions11
Fastest laps14
Final entry1969 Monaco Grand Prix

Cooper Drivers’ Champions

The following drivers won the Formula One Drivers’ Championship for Cooper F1.

DriverNationalityChampionship Year
Jack BrabhamAustralian1959
Jack BrabhamAustralian1960

Cooper Championship Results

The World Constructor’s Championship was not awarded until 1958.

YearNameCarDriversPointsWCC
1950Cooper-JAPT12Harry Schell
1951No works team
1952Cooper-BristolT20Mike Hawthorn
Reg Parnell
Alan Brown
Eric Brandon
David Murray
1953Cooper-Bristol
Cooper-Alta
T20
T23
John Barber
Adolfo Schwelm
Alan Brown
Helmut Glöckler
Ken Wharton
Bob Gerard
Rodney Nuckey
Jimmy Stewart
Tony Crook
Sterling Moss
Peter Whitehead
1954Cooper-Bristol
Cooper-Alta
T23
T24
Bob Gerard
Horace Gould
Eric Brandon
Rodney Nuckey
Alan Brown
Peter Whitehead
1955Cooper-BristolT40Jack Brabham
1956Cooper-BristolT23Bob Gerard
1957Cooper-Climax
Cooper-Bristol
T41
T43
T44
Roy Salvadori
Mike MacDowel
Les Leston
Jack Brabham
Brian Naylor
Tony Marsh
Paul England
Dick Gibson
Bob Gerard
1958Cooper-ClimaxT43
T45
Maurice Trintignant
Stirling Moss
Ron Flockhart
François Picard
Roy Salvadori
Jack Brabham
Bruce McLaren
Jack Fairman
Ian Burgess
Tony Marsh
Robert La Caze
André Guelfi
Dick Gibson
Christian Goethals
Brian Naylor
Wolfgang Seidel
Tom Bridger
313rd
1959Cooper-ClimaxT45
T51
Jack Brabham
Bruce McLaren
Masten Gregory
Giorgio Scarlatti
Maurice Trintignant
Stirling Moss
Henry Taylor
Tim Parnell
Peter Ashdown
Mike Taylor
Jack Fairman
Harry Schell
George Constantine
Alain de Changy
Lucien Bianchi
Ivor Bueb
Jean Lucienbonnet
Trevor Taylor
Keith Greene
Bill Moss
401st
1960Cooper-ClimaxT43
T45
T51
T53
Jack Brabham
Bruce McLaren
Chuck Daigh
Ron Flockhart
Olivier Gendebien
Tony Brooks
Henry Taylor
Phil Hill
Chris Bristow
Bruce Halford
Lucien Bianchi
Maurice Trintignant
Stirling Moss
Lance Reventlow
Roy Salvadori
Carel Godin de Beaufort
Piero Drogo
Wolfgang Seidel
Harry Schell
Jack Fairman
Arthur Owen
Vic Wilson
481st
Cooper-MaseratiT45
T51
Carlos Menditeguy
Masten Gregory
Wolfgang von Trip
Ian Burgess
Roberto Bonomi
Maurice Trintignant
Mário de Araújo
Alfonso Thiele
Keith Greene
35th
Cooper-CastellottiT51Giulio Cabianca
Gino Munaron
Giorgio Scarlatti
36th
1961Cooper-ClimaxT53
T55
T58
Bruce McLaren
Jack Brabham
John Surtees
Roy Salvadori
Jackie Lewis
Roger Penske
Masten Gregory
Ian Burgess
Hap Sharp
Bernard Collomb
Jack Fairman
Walt Hansgen
144th
1962Cooper-ClimaxT53
T55
T59
T60
Bruce McLaren
Tony Maggs
Timmy Mayer
Jackie Lewis
John Love
Ian Burgess
Hap Sharp
Bernard Collomb
293rd
1963Cooper-ClimaxT51
T55
T60
T66
Bruce McLaren
Tony Maggs
Jo Bonnier
John Love
Mário de Araújo
Frank Dochnal
255th
1964Cooper-ClimaxT60
T66
T73
Bruce McLaren
Phil Hill
John Love
Jo Bonnier
Edgar Barth
Jean-Claude Rudaz
165th
1965Cooper-ClimaxT55
T60
T73
T77
Bruce McLaren
Jochen Rindt
John Love
John Rhodes
145th
1966Cooper-MaseratiT81Jochen Rindt
John Surtees
Richie Ginther
Chris Amon
Moisés Solana
Jo Siffert
Joakim Bonnier
Guy Ligier
303rd
1967Cooper-MaseratiT81
T81/B
T86
Jackie Oliver
John Surtees
Bill Brack
George Eaton
283rd
Cooper-ClimaxT79
T82
John Love
Tom Jones
69th
1968Cooper-BRMT81B
T86
T86B
Brian Redman
Ludovico Scarfiotti
Lucien Bianchi
Vic Elford
Johnny Servoz-Gavin
Robin Widdows
147th
1969Cooper-MaseratiT86Vic Elford0

Cooper Drivers

Driver Nationality Current/Last Team F1 Debut Status
British Ferrari 1952 Belgian Grand Prix F1 Legend
Australian Brabham 1955 British Grand Prix F1 Legend
New Zealand McLaren 1958 German Grand Prix F1 Legend
American Eagle 1971 Austrian Grand Prix F1 Legend
Austrian Team Lotus 1964 Austrian Grand Prix F1 Legend