F1 looking to launch Historic Masters Series

Williams F1 Team, LAT Photographic

17 April 2014 by TF1T Staff

The likes of Nigel Mansell, Nelson Piquet and Martin Brundle might soon be taking to the Formula 1 circuits after Bernie Ecclestone revealed there are plans to launch a historic masters series.

The idea, which has already been made popular by sports such as golf and tennis, would see ex-drivers getting behind the wheel of their classic F1 cars to compete in a masters series which would likely be a support event for F1.

It could see the likes of a V10 Williams FW14 as driven by Mansell in 1991 going up against V12 Ferrari F412T1 as driven by Gerhard Berger in 1994.

Speaking about the idea, ex-Ferrari driver Berger lent his support.

"I am sure that it will be successful and that all former drivers would like to participate," he told the Wall Street Journal.

Sky Sports commentator Martin Brundle is also up for the challenge and believes the fans would welcome such a series where they could witness historic cars and engines.

"Whatever the format I'd want to be part of it especially if it was supporting the F1 calendar," he said.

"A well structured F1 masters series would be very popular with drivers and fans, and therefore TV and new media channels and sponsors too."

Ecclestone recently trademarked the name 'Historic Formula One', prompting rumours that the idea could soon be launched. When questioned, the 83-year-old confirmed it was on the cards.

"A series with former drivers is a good idea," he said. "We have talked about it and it is something we ought to do. Many of these old drivers are still absolutely good enough. You would put them in the cars they used to drive."

The proposal could present some issues and it's likely only certain cars which meet strict safety regulations would be used.