Jenson Button is confirmed to appear at this year’s Festival of Speed. He’s no stranger to the hill; this will be his 15th consecutive appearance. He has previously driven machines as diverse as the 1970 Can-Am McLaren M8D (pictured), P1 supercar and Alain Prost’s 1986 championship-winning car. McLarens attending this year’s event include the M23, MP4/2 and MP4-26 grand prix cars.
‘Goodwood is one of the highlights of my season,’ said Jenson of his previous Festival appearances. ‘I’ve had the chance to get behind the wheel of some incredible historic racing cars there, and to meet some of the most enthusiastic fans, who have given me a tremendous amount of support over the years. I’m really looking forward to it.’
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Jenson is a great fit for this year’s ‘Addicted to Winning’ theme; he made his F1 debut just three years after first driving a racing car, and is now in his 15th season at the top level of motorsport (so his grand prix career is the same length as his FoS career!). Only two drivers have scored more points in a single season than Jenson did in his title-winning 2009 season.
Three F1 World Championship winners are now confirmed to attend this year’s Festival; Jenson will be joined by John Surtees and Emerson Fittipaldi. The latter will celebrate 40 years since McLaren’s maiden drivers’ world championship.