The Grand Prix Masters championship could be reborn – albeit under another name – after F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone announced his ambitions to set up a championship solely featuring ex-Grand Prix drivers.

It emerged earlier this year that Formula One Licensing had filed an application to protect the ‘Historic Formula One’ name, which could effectively give the sport a ‘Masters’ style series for senior drivers similar to what already exists on the tennis and gold circuits.

“We have talked about it and it is something we ought to do,” Ecclestone told the Wall Street Journal. “Many of these old drivers are still absolutely good enough [to be competitive.”

The Grand Prix Masters series was established for ex-F1 drivers in 2005 (pictured above), which featured an illustrious field including the likes of Nigel Mansell, Emerson Fittipaldi, René Arnoux, Riccardo Patrese and Derek Warwick. The series lasted just three races before collapsing.

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.