Teams gear up for Goodwood Festival of Speed 29 Jun 2012
F1 fans may not have a Grand Prix to enjoy this weekend but they can satiate their obsession at the UKs Goodwood Festival of Speed. Red Bull, McLaren, Ferrari, Mercedes, Lotus and Caterham are all scheduled to attend the annual three-day celebration of motorsport, which gets underway on Friday.
Goodwood regulars Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton will be among the many drivers present. As well as wowing the crowds with demonstrations of McLarens MP4-12C road car, Button and Hamilton will also make their way up the famous 1.16-mile hill climb in the 2011 McLaren MP4-26, on Saturday and Sunday respectively. Team tester Oliver Turvey will also be in action.
Reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel will make his Goodwood debut in Red Bulls RB6 on Saturday, whilst team mate Mark Webber will take to the hill on Sunday. Red Bull team principal Christian Horner and chief technical officer Adrian Newey will also get behind the wheel, driving Infiniti M35Hs in the Festivals Tech class.
Mercedes, meanwhile, will field Nico Rosberg and Brendon Hartley over the weekend. Rosberg will be on track on Sunday, whilst former Red Bull tester Hartley, who has worked with Mercedes on their simulator programme for the last year, will drive the MGP W02 for the first time on Saturday.
"It will be a fantastic experience to not only drive up the hill at Goodwood for the first time, but also to have my first taste of the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 car," Hartley told the teams official website. "I have worked with the team closely developing their car, but driving the real thing will be a treat!"
Among the other star names expected at Goodwood are Caterhams Heikki Kovalainen and reserve driver Giedo Van der Garde in the teams 2010 car, the T127, plus Ferraris Marc Gene and former HRT driver Karun Chandhok.
A host of famous figures from Formula Ones past will also feature in the line-up - Derek Bell, Eddie Cheever, Martin Donnelly, Jacky Ickx, Allan McNish, Henri Pescarolo, Emanuele Pirro, John Surtees and Desire Wilson are just a few. Three-time champion Jackie Stewart will be on the hill in a BRM P261 and a Mercedes-Benz W194; two-time champion Emerson Fittipaldi will be in action in a Lotus 49C on all three days; and Alain Prost will be driving a Renault RE40 on Friday and Saturday.
There will also be a unique collection of unusual British Formula One machines for fans to peruse. The six-wheeled Tyrrell P34, March 2-4-0 and Williams FW08B have never been gathered together before, so the chance to see all three six-wheelers line-up in the paddocks at the Festival of Speed will be an exceptional one.
The Festival runs from Friday until Sunday.
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