To commemorate 60 years of Formula 1 in the modern era, past and present World Champions gathered at Bahrain to pose for a history-making photo opportunity.

The last time there was such a gathering was at the 1990 Australian GP, where a total of seven champions met together and posed for a photo opportunity on the main straight of the Adelaide street circuit:

Past F1 Champs 1990

Adelaide 1990
Top, L-R: James Hunt (‘76); Jackie Stewart (‘69, ‘71, ‘73); Denny Hulme (‘67), Bottom, L-R: Nelson Piquet (‘81, ‘83, ‘87); Juan Manuel Fangio (‘51, ‘54, ‘55, ‘56, ‘57); Ayrton Senna (‘88, ‘90, ‘91); Jack Brabham (‘59, ‘60, ‘66)

Almost 20 years later and a phenomenal total of seventeen – yes, seventeen! – past and present World Champions arrived at Bahrain.

Many of them were presented with the opportunity to complete demonstration laps in their championship-winning cars at Sakhir, providing fans and media with some truly memorable photo opportunities.

Were fans going to be presented with a truly classic photo of the men and their machines on the start line at Bahrain?

No! This is what we’ve been given…

17 World Champions

Bahrain 2010
Top L-R: Fernando Alonso (‘05, ‘06); Jack Brabham (‘59, ‘60, ‘66); Michael Schumacher (‘94, ‘95, ‘00, ‘01, ‘02, ‘03, ‘04); Emerson Fittipaldi (‘72, ‘74); Hamilton (‘08); Hakkinen (‘98, ‘99), Hill (‘96). Middle, L-R: Niki Lauda (‘75, ‘77, ‘84); Keke Rosberg (‘82); Mario Andretti (‘79); Jackie Stewart (‘69, ‘71, ‘73); Alain Prost (‘85, ‘86, ‘89, ‘93); Jacques Villeneuve (‘97); John Surtees (‘64). Front L-R: Alan Jones (‘80), Nigel Mansell (‘92); HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa of Bahrain; Bernie Ecclestone; Jody Scheckter (‘79); Jenson Button (‘09).

Firstly, I mean no disrespect in saying what an historic moment this is to all have all living champions (bar Nelson Piquet and Kimi Raikkonen) present in the same room – this has never been achieved before and hats off to the organisers for making it happen.

However, where was this shot? Some dingy media room in the paddock buildings with the use of carpeted tier blocks you’d find in any drama classroom? Give me a break! This is F1!

[Image via Joe Saward]

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.