The Goodwood Festival of Speed, a real must attend event for racing die-hards, is the only event outside the Formula 1 calendar to attract significant attendance from the current Formula 1 teams and drivers.
This year the likes of Lewis hamilton, Kimi Raikkonen, Jenson Button were among the many drivers from all eras of the sport who made the pilgrimage to the Festival of Speed.
Cars were split into three groups: ‘Contemporary Grand Prix Cars’, ‘The Cosworth Years’, and ‘The Turbo Era and Beyond’. In the ‘Contemporary’ section on display were examples of the current Caterham, Lotus, Red Bull, and Toro Rosso F1 machines, whilst in ‘Turbo Era and Beyond’ fans were treated to the sights and sounds of the all-conquering McLaren MP4/2, MP4/2C, and MP4/4, the latter being driven by Bruno Senna having been campaigned in-period by his famous uncle.
Lotus-Renaults 97T and 98T continued the Ayrton Senna theme, and a gaggle of Benettons – B191, B192, B193, and B194 – brought a Michael Schumacher flavour to proceedings. The most recent car in the group was the Williams-Renault FW18, which was driven to the 1996 championship by Damon Hill, and shared driving duties with current Williams star Felipe Massa.
As always there was plenty going on and only a book would really do justice to proceedings, nevertheless here we provide a glimpse of the Formula 1 cars featured this year for those who could not attend with great images from the Sutton crew. (GP247)