F1 car and driver highlights at the 2009 Goodwood Festival of Speed

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Jenson Button will be at Goodwood along with Lewis Hamilton this year

Formula 1 cars from at least 14 different constructors will be demonstrated at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend.

They include a special tribute to Williams, Lewis Hamilton in one of Ayrton Senna’s old McLarens, the largest collection of Silver Arrows and, of course, plenty of modern F1 cars. Here’s a run-down of the F1 cars that will be taking to the hill.


Ferrari 312/68 (1967)

The car driven by Lorenzo Bandinii, Chris Amon and Ludovico Scarfiotti will run in the Classic Grand Prix Cars segment.

Ferrari 312T3 (1978)

This ex-Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari will be driven by Eddie Irvine on Saturday and Sunday, who raced for the team from 1996-1999.

Like Villeneuve, Irvine scored all of his Grand Prix wins for Ferrari, scoring four to Villeneuve’s six. The 312T3, in which Villeneuve scored his maiden win in his home race at Montreal that year, will run in the Evolution of the F1 Car group.

Ferrari F2008 (2008)

One of the six contemporary F1 cars to make an appearance, the 2008 Constructors’ Championship-winning F2008 will be piloted by Ferrari test driver Marc Gene on all three days.


Leiws Hamilton will be driving Ayrton Senna's 1988 title-winning McLaren

McLaren-Mercedes MP4/23 (2008)

Both the 2008 championship-winning cars will be present as Lewis Hamilton takes the car in which he won last year’s drivers’ title up the hill on Sunday. Pedro de la Rosa will be at the wheel on Friday and Saturday.

The pair will also take turns to drive one person from the crowd up the hill in a 626bhp Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren.

McLaren-Honda MP4/4 (1988)

One of the most successful cars of all time, the McLaren-Honda MP4/4 won 15 out of 16 races in the hands of Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost in 1988. Hamilton, a lifelong Senna fan, will realise a personal ambition when he drives the 1.5-litre turbo car on Sunday.

Before that the car will be driven by Senna’s nephew Bruno on Friday and Saturday.

Read more: Hamilton to drive Senna’s McLaren

Brawn GP

BGP 001 (2009)

The stand-out team of 2009, Brawn are bringing their championship-leading Brawn-Mercedes BGP 001, although it does not look like the car will be going up the hill (probably due to testing restrictions).

Jenson Button has been a regular visitor to the Festival and will return on Sunday this year. It will be interesting to see if the rapturous reception Hamilton received on his last two appearances is extended to Button as well.

Red Bull

Red Bull RB2 or Toro Rosso STR1… (2006)

According to Goodwood’s press release: “the Red Bull-Cosworth STR1 will smoke its tyres all weekend with Mark Webber and David Coulthard behind the wheel”. Whether this turns out to be a Red Bull RB2 or Toro Rosso STR1 remains to be seen (expect the former).

Coulthard will be present on all three days and will also drive a Williams (see below) and the same W154 as Button. Webber is only expected to appear on Saturday.


Timo Glock will take to the Goodwood hill once again

Toyota TF108 (2008)

Timo Glock is another regular at Goodwood, and will demonstrate the TF108 in which he scored a career-best second at the Hungaroring last year. And, of course, played a starring role in that title decider. He’ll be at Goodwood on all three days.

Toyota will also have a static display of the Andros Trophy Auris ice-racing car in which former F1 champion Alain Prost won the championship in 2007 and 2008, before losing the crown this year.


Celebrating the 40th anniversary of Frank Williams’ first foray into Grand Prix racing, the man himself will be at Goodwood on the Sunday. Along with what appears to be a growing roster of their cars, star Williams drivers from the past including Damon Hill, David Coulthard, Alan Jones and Riccardo Patrese will join in.

Williams-Cosworth FW06 and FW07 (1979 and 1980)

In addition to the three cars Williams announced it would be bringing to Goodwood (below), Alan Jones is now also slated to appear in two of the cars he drove for the team in 1979 and 1980. These cars are scheduled to appear on all three days, with touring car driver Anthony Reid also piloting the FW07.

Williams-Renault FW16B (1995)

Another addition to the Williams roster is the FW16B – the revised version of their 1994 car which made its debut at that year’s German Grand Prix. David Coulthard, who made his fourth Grand Prix start in the car, will drive it.

Williams-Cosworth FW08B (1982)

Formula Three racer Sam Bird is set to drive the FW08B in which Keke Rosberg won the 1982 drivers’ championship, on all three days.

Williams-Renault FW18 (1996)

Damon Hill will drive his championship-winning car on Sunday. Williams tester and GP2 racer Nico Hulkenberg will take care of the driving duties on the other two days.

Williams-Toyota FW29 (2007)

Nico Hulkenberg will drive the most recent Williams at the event.

Read more: Williams to demonstrate three F1 cars at Goodwood Festival of Speed (Video)


Life L190 (1990)

As revealed here yesterday, the worst F1 car ever will be taken up the hill by Derek Bell during the weekend. Life’s L190 from the 1990 season was a disastrous failure that rarely completed more than a handful of laps and usually toured around at least 15 seconds off the pace of the next slowest car.

It has apparently been restored to a state where it can make it up the Goodwood hill, in which case it is probably in better condition than when it was built.

Read more: Life L190 – the worst F1 car ever – to run at Goodwood Festival of Speed


Cooper T51 (1959)

Fresh from his victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours, David Brabham will drive his father’s Cooper T51 on all three days.

Sir Jack Brabham won the world championship with the T51 in 1959, the first for a rear-engined Formula 1 car.


Lotus-Renault 97T (1985)

The turbo-powered Lotus which Ayrton Senna won his first Grand Prix in will be driven by ex-Lotus F1 driver Martin Donnelly on all three days.


Sir Stirling Moss is also expected to drive a Vanwall, though the model designation of the car has not yet been announced.


Benetton-Ford B188 (1988-89)

Takuma Sato will drive a Benetton from the days when the ‘United Colours of Benetton’ meant just that – Its green, yellow, red and blue livery is one of the most distinctive ever seen in F1.


Matra-Ford MS10

The theme of this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed is “True Grit: Epic Feats of Endurance”. That explains the presence of Sir Jackie Stewart’s Matra-Ford MS10 from 1968.

In it, he won the German Grand Prix at the fearsome Nurburgring in rain and fog – with a four-minute lead over his closest rival at the chequered flag. Stewart managed this despite driving with one wrist in a plaster cast – truly an awesome feat.

Stewart will be at Goodwood on Saturday and Sunday – and he’ll be driving another of his cars as well:


Tyrrell-Ford 002

Stewart never actually raced the 002 – it was used by team mate Francois Cevert in 1971 and 1972. When Cevert was killed in practice for the last race of 1973 at Watkins Glen, Stewart chose not to compete in what would have been his 100th and final Grand Prix.


Stirling Moss will get back behind the wheel of a Mercedes W196

Marking 75 years since the emergence of the German ‘Silver Arrows’, the largest collection of such cars in one places is planned for the Goodwood Festival this weekend, including four Mercedes.

Of course, most of these pre-date the formation of the world championship in 1950.

Mercedes W25 (1934) and W125 (1937)

Former McLaren F1 racer Jochen Mass will drive these two pre-war cars.

Mercedes W134 (1938)

Jenson Button and David Coulthard will take turns to drive a 1938 Mercedes W134 up the hill.

Mercedes W196 (1954)

Moss will also be driving a Mercedes. He will be back behind the wheel of the W196 he raced in the mid-fifties alongside Juan Manuel Fangio.

Auto Union

Accompanying the Mercedes will be at least two Auto Unions:

Auto Union Type A (1934)

The driver for the Type A is yet to be announced.

Auto Union Type D (1938)

Former F1 driver and six-time Le Mans winner Jacky Ickx will drive the Type D, as will Pink Floyd drummer and motoring enthusiast Nick Mason.

F1 personalities

Other F1 personalities expected to be at Goodwood include:

John Surtees, the only man to win both the F1 woprld championship (in 1964) and the motorcycle world championship. Later a team owner, Surtees will drive one of his TS10 Formula Two cars, as will son Henry, who is currently racing in Formula Two.

Johnny Herbert will drive a British Touring Car Honda Civic.

Murray Walker, Patrick Head, Christian Horner, Adrian Newey and David Richards are also expected to attend.

Who’s going?

Are you going to the Goodwood Festival of Speed? What are you most looking forward to this year?

If you’re not able to make it, and there’s a car running you especially want to see lots of pictures of, let me know and I’ll do the best I can.

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26 comments on “F1 car and driver highlights at the 2009 Goodwood Festival of Speed”

  1. a much larger f1 presence than usual, i think. the auto unions are an especially rare sight.

  2. Does anyone know if this will be aired on Speed in the states?

  3. Typo in the Brawn GP section: “cheers” instead of “years”.


    1. Have changed the paragraph, thanks!

  4. It’s events like these that make me regret not moving to the UK when i had the chance.

    Hopefully i will be able to attend sometime in the future…

  5. Looks like it’s going to be a good festival this year. I’ve always wanted to go but never got the chance and now that i live in the states it’s gonna be an even harder task. I’m sure the missus is not going to want to head to England for a weekend of cars cars and more cars, unless i include plenty of family visiting and a trip to Scotland. She’s American and they do seem to like Scotland.

  6. …..and this is just the F1 cars. There will be Rally cars, Touring Cars, GT cars (usually including the Le Mans winner), bikes, trucks, 4x4s and Supercars. Even the F1 Safety Car and Doctors Car are there……
    Sorry to sound like an advert, but I am a regular attendee, and this year looks like its going to be a good one.
    I have also found that there is so much to see – there are also showrooms, demonstrations, interviews, shops, live music, air displays, as well as watching the cars on the hill or on the rally stage…..that it is better to spread it over two days, instead of try to cram it all into one.
    The event has grown so much recently that you could easily spend all three days there and still not see everything…..

  7. I wonder if any of our American friends can tell me if there is an America equivelant meeting to The Goodwood Festival of Speed? And where it is if there is such a thing.

        1. Thankyou yankee

          1. There is also the US Vintage Grand Prix at Watkins Glen Sept 11th


  8. Simon Pearce
    30th June 2009, 8:32

    too expensive for me this year ;(

  9. I’d have loved to have made it to Goodwood this year. While there are more of the star drivers and cars on the Saturday and Sunday, the Friday has fewer people and gives you a really good opportunity to look at the cars close up. Tickets are cheaper and you’re more likely to get freebies from the Times, too.

    An alternative to Goodwood is the HSSC Superprix at Brands Hatch, also this Sunday – historic F1, F2, F5000, etc echo-ing round the GP circuit all day. Lovely stuff.

  10. Would have liked to have gone but going World Series because it’s free :)

    I’m waiting for a lot of bashing now about Hamilton trying to be Ayrton Senna

    1. I’m sure the Hamilton bashers will come out en force, just like the Ferrari haters.
      What is wrong with wanting to be like your heroes i say? How many of us have wanted to do just that, and how many of us can’t cos we haven’t got the skills. Well Hamilton has been one of those to manage his dream. So he deserves to fulfill that dream at the weekend.

      And to those that would complain then DON’T you’re just jealous.

      1. Exactly. These people who bash him I don’t understand. We all have heroes we look up to, and what could be better than driving your heroes car at goodwood

  11. I’ll be going on Friday.

    Any advice on where to stand and get a good view, Keith? I’m taking a friend to experience his first ‘live’ Formula One car =]

  12. wow – all set for a great event! I envy you guys :-) Enjoy :-)

  13. According to the official website…


    …Nick Heidfeld holds yet another record. Fastest completion of the Goodwood Hill Clmb.

    41.6 seconds in a McLaren MP4/13 in 1999.

    1. I saw him do that run. Normally F1 cars showboat to the crowd, but Heidfeld was really on a mission that weekend. Minimal wheelspin etc. Quite something to see given the straw bale safety equipment.

      1. Colin Sanders
        30th June 2009, 17:09

        That run was something special, formula one timed runs were then banned and only demo runs allowed.
        Getting far too expensive tho and when you have been since it started, you start to see the same cars over and over again.
        But it is still one of the hightlights of the motorsport scene!!!

  14. I’d give up a trip to a Grand Prix to go to Goodwood. Unfortunately this year I won’t be able to go to either. Life is tough!!! =(

  15. Andrew White
    30th June 2009, 15:08

    I’m going on the Friday (I can’t do Sunday this year) and can’t wait :D

    I live less than half an hour’s drive away from Goodwood so I like to go every year if I can

  16. When I finally get to Europe this event is high on my list, in conjunction with the British GP wherever it might be held.

    PS to Keith: the 38 Merc was the W154. :}

  17. Would be great to see Irv’ the Swirv’ driving Gilles Villeneuve’s Ferrari!

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