If you're one of the legions of racing fans disappointed by the lack of noise from the new turbo V6s in Formula One and nostalgic for those old-school V10s, we have good news for you. According to reports, a new racing series is in the works that would bring back not only retired F1 cars, but also retired F1 stars.

The project , according to European trademark applications, is called Historic Formula One, and it's already gaining support and potential participation from the likes of three-time world champion Nelson Piquet, former champ Nigel Mansell, race winner Gerhard Berger and Martin Brundle (a former F1 driver, Le Mans winner and race commentator).

The series is being organized by none other than Bernie Ecclestone himself, the controversial and embattled billionaire in charge of Formula One. Ecclestone also runs the GP2 and GP3 series that give potential future F1 drivers a ladder to climb. The addition of the Historic Formula One championship to the portfolio would give those on their way out a chance to continue competing.

While it may be too early to say what cars they would be driving and what format the races would take, the signs at present seem to be pointing towards the V10 racers that reigned supreme in the 1990s and into the new millennium. As for the events in which they'd compete, we could be looking at support races for the existing grands prix to give fans an extra spectacle on the same ticket.

This wouldn't be the first time we'd see a racing series for old F1 cars and drivers, but could emerge as the most successful. The last was the Grand Prix Masters series ran one race at Kyalami in 2005 and another two (Qatar and Silverstone) in 2006 before shutting down. There are many other individual events at which owners of retired F1 cars compete, but seldom in an organized series with retired stars at the helm.


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      RetrogradE
      • 8 Months Ago
      "one of the legions" Man, this sh** gets better and better. Love it. F1? We need to bring Australian V8 racing to the States.
        Pj Taintz
        • 8 Months Ago
        @RetrogradE
        Im with you there, the V8 supercars are awesome, Id love to see nascar use the cars they use in V8s
      Eclypse
      • 8 Months Ago
      Great, then we can hear what F1 cars are supposed to sound like!
      Thunder938
      • 8 Months Ago
      They will sound a HECK of a lot better than the do now!!
      • 8 Months Ago
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      fordskydog
      • 8 Months Ago
      Dammit people. Who cares how the cars sound if the racing is good? This is by far the best season of the past ten years! And lots of new tech to trickle down to road cars. Quit botching about engine noise and get yer head out of yer butt!
      r_dezi
      • 8 Months Ago
      Why didn't Bernie just leave it alone (F1rules) from a few years ago with the old V10s and V12s? Now it sounds like he regrets the whole mess he's made of F1 with these hybrid F1 cars and his fear of losing loyal F1 fans interest.
      ksrcm
      • 8 Months Ago
      Yes, yes, yes. 1. True attitude might come back - no corporate, PR prepped, sponsors-are-liking-it BS anymore. Just like the old days. 2. Unfortunately, guys driving them area bit too old to give attitude on the track like they used to, but let's not discount it. Old hates might just get rekindled for some raw meat racing. Again. Let's hope Nelson still has some good comments about Nigel's wife :D 3. Man, I'll start smoking again. Just kidding, but those cigarette companies knew how to put sexy in their advertising. We can discuss social acceptance all day long, but the fact is the cars in article pic look 10 times sexier than "Telefonica", "Santander" or "Petronas" BS ...
      GeeDavy
      • 8 Months Ago
      How about we bring back the old cars but have them driven by current drivers. Then use the results from the historic race to determine the starting grid for the modern race. Since the cars require such different driving dynamics this would be a good way to determine who truly is the best at handling an open-wheel car at its limit.
      John Hughan
      • 8 Months Ago
      Awesome -- although given the current state of affairs with the turbo V6 F1 cars, I'm thinking that making this series a support race for the current F1 Grand Prix might just cause this to steal the show from the Grand Prix itself.
        ksrcm
        • 8 Months Ago
        @John Hughan
        Which is just what Bernie might have in mind ... he needs only ONE weekend where number of spectators was bigger (or even equal) during the supporting race than the "real" race and he will have a LOT of ammo available when next time they will be deciding about "new formula".
      SloopJohnB
      • 8 Months Ago
      That would be soooo cool! Unrestricted, no technical inspection other than safety, no rules ex-F1 cars!
      aMaG1CaLMaNg1Na
      • 8 Months Ago
      This is all great until the series isn't full of legends but washed up F1 stars. When you get all the 18/19yr old F1 drivers starting now retire at 30 and this is their fall back, Sounds great in theory but I think it would die off rather quickly.
      bleexeo
      • 8 Months Ago
      Sure, bring out the old aging death traps all over again and see ancient F1 drivers crash, burn and perhaps die in a real world, points-based, non-gentleman's racing series. What could go wrong?
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