In an interesting aside to last weekend's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Bernie Ecclestone was asked who he would invite to line up in his fantasy F1 field, and the results make for surprising reading.

The octogenarian is known to have been closer to some driver than others, and is an obvious fan of reigning four-time champion Sebastian Vettel, but the German does not, as some may expect, fill top spot in Ecclestone's top tier, as revealed to Gulf News.

Instead, F1's frontman reserves the whimsical pole position for one of his countrymen, with 1992 world champion Nigel Mansell getting the nod on the basis of being one of the 'daring drivers, real racers, chargers from go who give it their all to win' that Ecclestone admits to admiring.

Lining up alongside the Briton would be old foe Ayrton Senna, who narrowly edges out seven-times champion Michael Schumacher for a spot on the front row. Both, Ecclestone claims, were 'geniuses behind the wheel of a 200mph race car, and two of the most talented and gifted drivers of all time' who possessed 'a scary will to win'.

As a result of the talent stacked ahead of him, Vettel winds up only fourth, despite being described as 'a veritable wonder boy, who could finish as the greatest and, title-wise, the most successful driver of all time'.

Behind the top four, Ecclestone lists personal friend - and F1's only posthumous champion - Jochen Rindt ahead of Ronnie Peterson, the only non-champion in the line-up, with Alain Prost, Alan Jones, Jackie Stewart, Niki Lauda, James Hunt, Graham Hill, Juan-Manuel Fangio and Nelson Piquet next up.

Is Bernie right to have these 14 drivers at the front of his dream grid? Or has he missed out someone that you think should have warranted his consideration? Let us know via the comments box below...