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2014-04-17 08:32

RETURN OF THE F1 VETERANS: F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone will reportedly give former F1 drivers a chance to return to racing with the launch of his new ‘Historic F1’ series . Image: AFP

SHANGHAI, China - Formula 1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone is planning to launch a 'masters' series for former F1 drivers.

With drivers such as Nigel Mansell, Emerson Fittipaldi and Riccardo Patrese at the wheel, the 'GP Masters' was launched in 2005 but folded after two races.

Business journalist Christian Sylt reports that Ecclestone is planning his own series, to be called 'Historic Formula One'.


Forbes quoted Former F1 driver Gerhard Berger: "I am sure that it will be successful and that all former drivers would like to participate."

Former F1 driver turned commentator, Martin Brundle, said he would like to take part "especially if it was supporting the F1 calendar".

Sylt said Ecclestone, who has been highly critical of the new turbo V6 era in F1, plans to have the masters cars powered by deafening V10 engines.

Ecclestone told the Wall Street Journal: "We have talked about it and it is something we ought to do. Many of these old drivers are still absolutely good enough."

Ecclestone said that, unlike the defunct single-make GP Masters series, his idea would be to form a grid of real F1 cars.

Brundle said: "To attract the household names of decades past I suspect the cars would need to be safer and less physical to drive."

1996 world champion Damon Hill agreed: "I think most old drivers want to get home to bed early with a good book."

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