Grand Prix Masters was a one-make motor racing series featuring retired Formula One drivers. The inaugural (and sole 2005) event, at the Kyalami circuit in South Africa, took place on 11-13 November, but the series folded after a 2 race season in 2006.
Driver statistics Edit
|Driver||Age in 2005/2006||GP starts||GPM starts||GPM wins||Podiums|
|Andrea de Cesaris||48||214||3||0||0|
|Hans Joachim Stuck||57||93||3||0||0|
|Eric van de Poele||46||29||2||0||2|
All participants race identical open wheel cars, which are based on 2000 Reynard 2KI Champ Car. The chassis were built by English constructor Delta Motorsport , and were powered by naturally aspirated 80-degree 3.5-litre V8 engines produced by Nicholson McLaren. The engines were based on the Cosworth XB engines previously used in IndyCar racing, and according to the series organisers produced more than 650bhp at 10,400 rpm with over 320 lb·ft (434 N·m) torque at 7,800 rpm.
In 2007 cars were to have been powered by a Mecachrome 90-degree V8 4.0 litre. It developed 600 bhp (450 kW) and revved to in excess of 9500 rpm. 
Gearbox operation is fully manual, and controlled by a contemporary paddle shift arrangement.
Grand Prix Masters promoters boasted that the 650 kg cars reach 200 mph (300 km/h). Claiming that the combination of stable aerodynamics and considerably simpler technology (than in use in modern Formula One) better demonstrate driver skill and promoted overtaking. Electronic 'drivers aids' (such as traction control, power steering and ABS) were absent, and brakes were made of steel rather than carbon (as in many contemporary single seater race cars) to increase braking distances.
Grand Prix Masters was modeled on the lucrative seniors tours of golf and tennis. In order to compete, drivers must:
- Have retired from all forms of open wheel racing
- Have competed in F1 for two complete seasons
- Have passed a medical examination
- Be more than 45 years on the 1st of January for the season to follow, and have retired from F1 for two complete seasons.
- 2006 GPM announced the entry age limit for new drivers had been reduced from 45 to 40.
There have been questions surrounding the fitness of the former Formula One stars who will race in the series. Participant Christian Danner questioned the ability of 1980 World Champion Alan Jones and former GP winner Patrick Tambay in particular, given the rapid expansion of these drivers' waistlines since retiring from racing. Jones hit back claiming the only time Danner had seen a Grand Prix podium was when he passed it on the way to the lavatory. Jones' lack of fitness at the first GP Masters event might suggest Danner's assessment had some merit. 
On track Edit
The Grand Prix Masters car first ran in late-September 2005 in the hands of Delta Motorsport Operations Director Simon Dowson. He reported a successful shakedown, despite appearing to sit very high in the car, his helmet appearing to sit level with the top of the roll-over hoop.
In mid-October 2005 Nigel Mansell and René Arnoux tested the car at the Pembrey Circuit in South Wales.
De Cesaris was fastest, Danner slowest while Tambay crashed.
2005: First race Edit
The first event took place at Kyalami in South Africa on 13 November, 2005. Nigel Mansell took pole then won after battling hard with Emerson Fittipaldi. Riccardo Patrese was third. Andrea de Cesaris finished fourth after a storming drive, where he pushed past Derek Warwick. Stefan Johansson spun out early on. Jacques Laffite retired with damaged right-front suspension after colliding with René Arnoux. As predicted, Alan Jones proved a disappointment. In practice he was up to ten seconds off the pace of Mansell, before pulling out of the race –- ostensibly due to neck injury. He was replaced by Eliseo Salazar.
2005 result Edit
- Kyalami (South Africa), 13 November
|1||Nigel Mansell||Team Altech||50:55.154|
|2||Emerson Fittipaldi||Team LG||50:55.562||+ 0.408|
|3||Riccardo Patrese||Team Goldpfeil||51:15.816||+ 20.662|
|4||Andrea de Cesaris||Team Unipart||51:16.854||+ 21.700|
|5||Derek Warwick||Team Lixxus||51:17.007||+ 21.853|
|6||Hans Joachim Stuck||Team Phantom||51:18.355||+ 23.201|
|7||Christian Danner||Team Unipart||51:19.272||+ 24.118|
|8||Eddie Cheever||Team Altech||51:27.359||+ 32.205|
|9||Jan Lammers||Team LG||51:27.932||+ 32.778|
|10||[[Image:Template:Country flag alias CHI||22x20px}}|Template:Country alias CHI]] Eliseo Salazar||Team Altech||51:38.573||+ 43.419|
|11||Patrick Tambay||Team Lixxus||52:06.738||+ 1'11.584|
|12||René Arnoux||Team Golden Palace||52:07.890||+ 1'12.736|
|13||Jacques Laffite||Team GMF||43:44.471||17 laps (DNF)|
|14||Stefan Johansson||Team Phantom||3:33.040||28 laps (DNF)|
2006 calendar Edit
In January 2006 GP Masters announced it would hold events in the following venues:
- Losail (Qatar), 29 April
- Monza (Italy), 5 May Cancelled
- Silverstone (UK), 13 August
- Kyalami (South Africa), 12 November Cancelled
The race scheduled for Monza was cancelled due to noise limits.
2006 results Edit
April 29 2006, Losail, Qatar
|1||Nigel Mansell||Team Altech||52:06.000|
|2||Christian Danner||Team LUK||52:06.562||+ 0.562|
|3||Eric van de Poele||Team Golden People||52:07.174||+ 1.174|
|4||Eddie Cheever||Team Altech||52:09.016||+ 3.016|
|5||Derek Warwick||Team Lixxus||52:09.420||+ 3.420|
|6||Pierluigi Martini||Team Global||52:11.710||+ 5.710|
|7||Jan Lammers||Team LG||52:13.044||+ 7.044|
|8||Stefan Johansson||Team Altech||52:14.339||+ 8.339|
|9||René Arnoux||Team Golden People||52:15.068||+ 9.068|
|10||Riccardo Patrese||Team INA||52:15.423||+ 9.423|
|11||Patrick Tambay||Team Lixxus||52:21.506||+ 15.506|
|12||Emerson Fittipaldi||Team LG||52:35.788||+ 29.788|
|13||Andrea de Cesaris||Team INA||33:29.621||8 laps|
|14||[[Image:Template:Country flag alias CHI||22x20px}}|Template:Country alias CHI]] Eliseo Salazar||Team Phantom||52:22.127||11 laps|
|15||Hans Joachim Stuck||Team Phantom||9:28.882||19 laps|
August 13 2006, Silverstone, England
|1||Eddie Cheever||Team GPM||1:01:06.625|
|2||Eric van de Poele||Team Golden Palace||1:01:25.302||+ 16.677|
|3||Christian Danner||Team LUK||1:01:45.180||+ 36.555|
|4||Hans Joachim Stuck||Team Phantom||1:02:02.139||+ 53.514|
|5||Alex Caffi||Team Altech||1:02:11.648||+ 1:03.623|
|6||Riccardo Patrese||Team INA||1:02:15.492||+ 1:06.867|
|7||Pierluigi Martini||Team Motorola||1:02:54.980||+ 1:46.355|
|8||Emerson Fittipaldi||Team Altech||1:01:13.217||+ 1 Lap|
|9||René Arnoux||Team Golden People||1:01:55.250||+ 2 Laps|
|10||Andrea de Cesaris||Team INA||1:01:34.298||+ 2 Laps|
|11||Patrick Tambay||Team Lixxus||1:01:49.162||+ 3 Laps|
|12||Stefan Johansson||Team Virgin Radio/BP||55:22.246||+ 4 Laps|
|13||Jan Lammers||Team LG||34:44.025||13 laps|
|14||[[Image:Template:Country flag alias CHI||22x20px}}|Template:Country alias CHI]] Eliseo Salazar||Team Phantom||19:30.140||20 laps|
|15||Derek Warwick||Team Lixxus||5:39.035||26 laps|
|16||Nigel Mansell||Team Altech||31:44.608||26 Laps|
2007 calendar Edit
- Bucharest Ring (Romania), 20 May Cancelled
- Kyalami (South Africa), 23 September Cancelled
- Losail (Qatar), 17 November Cancelled
On September 18th 2007, Delta Motorsport, supplier of the GP Masters chassis, announced they were filing a petition with the British High Court to have the GP Masters Operating company placed in liquidation due to non-payment of invoices. Following a hearing on the 28th of November, 2007, the Grand Prix Masters series was officially wound up.
GP Masters should not be confused with the Masters Series, owned by Ron Maiden, which runs various historic race series and operates successfully
In the first quarter of 2008 Delta Motorsport stated that they intend to re-launch the series under the name F1 Masters using the original car that they manufactured for the GP Masters series. 
- ↑ Delta Motorsport - About Delta
- ↑ Mecachrome powers the Masters
- ↑ You Can Go Home Again - AutoWeek Magazine
- ↑ Template:Youtube
- ↑ http://www.gpmasters.com/news_050506.htm
- ↑ autosport.com - GP Masters News: Winding up order served on GPM
- ↑ autosport.com - GP Masters News: Masters series officially wound up