FIA launched its Hall of Fame in Paris on Monday night in a star-studded event which saw Nine Formula 1 world champions come together to celebrate the occasion.
Earlier this year the motor racing governing body had expressed its intention to open a Hall of Fame, following in the path of other world sports bodies.
The Hall will be located in Automobile Club de France in Paris for now. But FIA has an ambition to have another one at the group’s Geneva headquarters, which will celebrate other global championships along with Formula 1.
The event was attended by Sir Jackie Stewart, Mario Andretti, Alain Prost, Nigel Mansell, Damon Hill, Jacques Villeneuve, Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg, and representatives and families of other winners who could not be present for the occasion.
FIA President Jean Todt said: “The FIA Hall of Fame has been created to highlight the values that run through motorsport and the champions who have been and who still are the exemplars of the FIA’s values of commitment, integrity, respect, and sportsmanship,”
Four-time champion Vettel said: “It’s been incredible to see all these names, all these faces. Obviously a lot of them I only know from what I have read, what I have seen, but I think it’s a great idea. There’s so much history in the sports, it’s still so alive, and thanks to events like tonight’s, we’ll keep it like that.”
Since Michael Schumacher is still recovering from his skiing injury, he was represented by his manager Sabine Kehm, who accepted the honour of seven-time champion’s induction into the Hall of Fame.
“We all know Michael should be here and I am totally sure he would love to be here,” she said.
“He always had the highest respect for everyone in this room and he would be very honoured. What made Michael so special, what made him so successful was, as with everybody in this room, a love and passion for this sport.”