Plans for championship with ex-F1 drivers
17 April 2014 – Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone is planning to set up a championship for former Grand Prix drivers.
Earlier this year, Formula One Licensing filed an application to protect the name Historic Formula One. If the plan comes to fruition, F1 would match other major sports such as tennis and golf in having an official senior series.
"We have talked about it and it is something we ought to do," Ecclestone explained to the Wall Street Journal when quizzed about his plans for the new category. "Many of these old drivers are still absolutely good enough."
There are already several series established for past F1 cars, including the FIA Masters Historic Formula One Championship, which visits a selection of famous venues. As he licences the name to the organisers, Masters Historic Racing, Ecclestone would be able to use it for his own series once the current agreement expires.
In 2005, the Grand Prix Masters was established for ex-F1 drivers, which included the likes of Nigel Mansell, Emerson Fittipaldi, Riccardo Patrese, Rene Arnoux and Derek Warwick, but it folded after three races.