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F1 champions at Bahrain – slideshow
F1 champions at Bahrain – slideshow
Posted By: James Allen  |  17 Mar 2010   |  6:58 pm GMT  |  59 comments

The organisers of the Bahrain Grand Prix brought out 17 of the 19 living F1 world champions to the season opener last weekend.

Some of them took part in a parade in their championship winning cars or in other cars which were laid on for them to drive.

On Sunday morning I went down to the tent behind the paddock to see the drivers getting into their cars before the parade. It was incredible.

Here were the cars and drivers I had grown up watching. I have worked with and got to know quite a few of them, like Emerson Fittipaldi, Mario Andretti, Jody Scheckter and Jackie Stewart in particular, but had never had the chance to see them in their original cars and certainly not together.

Seeing Jackie’s car, lined up behind Emerson’s, both drivers sitting in the cockpit with umbrellas sheltering them from the sun, was like being back in the early 1970s.

An astonishing experience.

It was like being on a movie set. These photos don’t really do it justice, but I wanted to share them with you anyway.

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Must have been a great sight but all of us do get opportunities as exciting as this :

In the UK we are really fortunate that Lord March started the Festival of Speed :

Every year we see equally historic sights and can get close enough to talk to the drivers, touch the cars and then see them running up the hill.

I will never forget the very first FOS : I went back to the paddock area at lunchtime and found it deserted.

There was just me, alone, able to look over a priceless W196 Silver Arrow at close quarters. Out of respect I didn’t try the seat out but I wish I had !

Hopefully if ever our grandchildren are down to their last hundred gallons of petrol they will be used at the FOS.


FOM is loosing the big players from Formula 1…

Honda, Toyota, BMW, Michelin and now Bridgestone… And don’t say that Virgin or HRT have more resources than any of the above…

More than that, Magny Cours, Estoril, Nurburgring, Donington, Imola, Fuji, Paul Ricard – France or Indianapolis GP races are gone for the exeriments in China, Korea, Bahrain or Abu Dhabi… What a joke!

Soon Bernie is going to move F1 entirely to Middle East, get the money from the TV rights and put the whatever left teams to compete in the desert…. Egipt, EAU, Yemen, Sudan and Iran are getting ready for Bernie…


Hi James

Sometimes it would be nice to be standing in your shoes, or besides them, even.



Here’s a crazy idea for a repeat at Silverstone (after all, it hosted the first ever Championship race, right?)…

See how many of these drivers can be married up with the cars in which they won their title (well one of their titles in some cases) and stage a handicap race. So surtees in his Ferrari would need to start first, with Stewart heading off next then Emmo etc. etc. Balls to the wall (ish) to the flag!? Or rather than timed release they could be handicapped with where they started on the track (Surtees on the start line, Stewart however many hundreds of yards back and so on).

Yeah, I know it won’t happen, but I have this great image of them all wanging it round Luffield in a dash for the line…


I’m sure FOM didn’t bother to film this to put together a 3 minute montage on their website.

The Kitchen Cynic

This actually made me quite angry. What a waste. Barely any spectators, barely any coverage. Just a few hyper-rich gladhanding their way around the tent. The Goodwood Revival gets more coverage, and frankly it deserves it.


See Schumei is not willing to join the Grand Prix Drives Association, anyone has any ideas for the reason for this?


Looks like a very special event. The BBC coverage mentioned how Bahrain had put on a fantastic spectacle. Shame it was only for those actually at the track, not us poor people at home with just the race to look at!


Nice one James.

Also, it’s great to see you on oneHD as our go to guy. I hope it’s for the whole season.



Great and thanks James.

My youth best friend, the one who a grew up with from 3 to 16, is a Bugatti (mainly but some other brands too) repairer. Next time you come to Paris, send an email, and maybe I can arrange a visit to the garage and a short run in a Bugatti T35 if one is available… what an experience and an amazing feeling it is!


It’s a shame we didn’t see more of this on the telly rather than the stupid “Lewis & Jenson Show” piece of fluff which the BBC chose to screen and waste 10 minutes of my life. Mind you, it probably would have had Legard commentating on it so perhaps not…

No conspiracies – Raikkonen was off rallying I guess and Piquet Snr not there for what I would imagine are fairly obvious reasons.


From a fans perspective I see potential here for F1 in general to organize more publicity and more media events to promote the sport.

It’s a shame the grand Prix Masters event could not be extended to follow the F1 season. That would be one hell of a good show for fans of all ages.

It’s not clear from the outside just how much current drivers know, or care, about he sports rich history. Does the FIA Super Licence include a written test?


Nice to see John Surtees there – he must be still going through a difficult time so it was a big deal that he attended.


anyone know if this was filmed?

Iceman, you must be right.


I wish more of this could have been shown on TV. The images really dont do the cars justice.


We have to be thankful to the Barheinis for putting this gathering together. They might be relatively new to F1 but get the importance of heritage more than others. Looking at the pics you get the impression that MrE. is enjoying himself btw. Thanks to James for these pics and I’m with the others in hoping more coverage of this wonderful initiative.


Thank You very much – seeing the race cars, especially the cars from the 1970’s again is fantastic.


I was born in 1972, and I remember one night in the late 70s my dad waking me up around 10 or 11pm on a Sunday night, and assuring my mum that it would be fine for me to stay up late… He’d woken me up to watch the F1 highlights, and though I can’t recall at all what race, or who, or what happened etc, I still have the…aura of that memory I suppose. I have a snapshot of it, and it’s a very special one. It’s nice to ‘hang out’ here and feel like I’m not the only one.


That is very cool…we so often forget much of history….thanks JA.


Thanks for sharing this James, I’d love to have seen it. I did catch a quick clip of the 1955 or 56 Silver Arrows on the TV which looked and sounded amazing.


No Piquet, no Raikonnen…. Bernie is “The Man”…


What on earth was Kimi’s excuse? Too miserable…?


Maybe he just didn’t want to…


Surely there is a missing Finn.He was missing from the main event as well.But I’m sorry for the fact that there are two Brazilians who were not able to attend.


So who were the 2 losers who didnt want to come to Bahrain for the exhibition? Why didnt you write who they were James? Pressure from Bernie?


It was no secret: Raikkonen and Piquet. Don’t look for conspiracies where they don’t exist.


sometimes thats difficult in the world of F1


Fantastic fantastic! How hard were they allowed to cane them? And how hard did they – once a racer…

As mentioned above, it must have been an emotional moment for some of the drivers too.


I was looking forward to this as much as the race and all the BBC gave us was about 3 minutes coverage-scandleous!!

Thanks for the slide show though James!


Was it even as much as three minutes? I’m generally a huge fan of the BBC’s coverage (Legard aside), but to have virtually nothing about this event on either pre-show was very very poor.

Hopefully they might show some of it in one of the Australia pre-shows if they need some filler, but I won’t be holding my breath.


If Bahrain was anything to go by they’ll be showing it as filler during the race, not the pre-show.

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