This just in! Williams has announced that current F1 driver Felipe Massa will return to FoS for his second consecutive appearance. It’s always such a great honour to have an active Formula One driver at Goodwood for the Festival of Speed and we’re delighted that the ever-smiling Brazilian will be in attendance. What’s more, Williams Heritage has brought along something quite special for him to drive, too.
Willams Heritage looks after the F1 team’s collection of cars and will be bringing along not only this year’s Martini-liveried FW37 (for static display) but will also run a FW13B up the hill in the hands of Massa (Saturday) and future Grand Prix driver Alex Lynn (Sunday).
The running of the FW13B will be of particular interest to attendees of Bonham’s celebrated FoS sale, because they will have the chance to bid on an example of the same car – which we looked at recently …
It’s great to welcome back Mr Massa back for the second consecutive year. Mr Lynn however might be even more familiar with his surroundings, seeing as though his father Shaun has won races at Goodwood in both the Revival and Member’s Meetings!
The FW13B they’ll be running up the hill is apparently the very car with which Belgian Thierry Boutsen managed to hold-off a race-long challenge from Ayrton Senna at the Hungaroring in order to record his final win. Jonathan Williams of Williams Heritage tells us: ‘The Festival of Speed is a highlight of the motorsport calendar and is always full of highly knowledgeable and extremely passionate fans. It’s the ideal place to give fans a window into the history of the team and this year we have selected the FW13B to drive up the hill. This is the second year in a row that we have run a historic car at the event, with the FW18 making a starring turn last year. Williams Heritage was established with the express aim of showcasing our past racing cars to a new generation of fans and we look forward to doing this at Goodwood once again.’
With Williams Heritage appearing to enjoy our little shindig, we can’t help but ponder as to what they might bring next year… Any requests?