Festival of Speed | Press Article 17/04/24

Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg have confirmed they will be among the glittering line-up of star drivers attending the world’s largest motoring garden party, now only two weeks away.

For the first time, the sell-out Festival of Speed crowd will be able to see (and hear) one of the new-generation turbo F1 cars, as the Mercedes pair take to the famous Goodwood Hill in a 2014 Mercedes F1 W05 Hybrid, with Hamilton, who drove it to World Championship victory in 2014, taking the wheel on Saturday, and Grand Prix winner Rosberg on Sunday.

Nico Rosberg currently leads the 2016 Formula 1 season by 24 points over his team-mate and three-time Formula 1 Champion Lewis Hamilton, and both will be coming fresh from the European Grand Prix at Baku, Azerbaijan. Rosberg tweeted “See you on Sunday at Goodwood” to fans this week.

Hamilton and Rosberg will be part of a stellar line-up, that includes famous names from all branches of motorsport.

Drivers and riders attending this year (subject to change):

Adam Morgan

BTCC race winner

Alain Menu

Double BTCC champion

Alessandro Zanardi

Two-time CART champion and Paralympic cycling gold medallist

Alex Wurz

Le Mans winner and former F1 driver

Andrew Jordan

2013 BTCC champion

Bobby Labonte

2000 NASCAR Winston Cup champion

Brian Johnson

Legendary AC/DC singer

Sir Chris Hoy

Multiple Olympic cycling champion and now Le Mans driver

Carl Fogarty

World Superbike Royalty

Colin Edwards

Two-time World Superbike Champion

David Brabham

Le Mans winner and ex-F1 racer

Derek “Buttsy” Butler

Drift star with his own F1 car!

Derek Bell

Five-time Le Mans winner

Emerson Fittipaldi

Two-time F1 World Champion and double Indy 500 winner

Frank Biela

Five-time Le Mans winner and 1996 BTCC champion

Freddie Spencer

Three-time motorcycle GP world champion

Gerhard Berger

Ten-time Grand Prix winner

Giacomo Agostini

15-time Motorcycle World Champion

Gordon Shedden

Reigning BTCC champion

Gordon Sheddon

Two-time BTCC champion

Hans-Joachim Stuck

Touring car legend and double Le Mans winner

Sir Jackie Stewart

Three-time F1 World Champion

James Martin

TV chef and classic car enthusiast

Jari Matti Latvala

WRC front-runner

Jason Plato

Two-time BTCC winner and TV presenter

Jean Ragnotti

Two-time Monte Carlo Rally winner

Jean-Pierre Jabouille

The first driver to win a Grand Prix in a turbocharged car

Jenson Button

2009 Formula 1 World Champion

Jochen Mass

F1 and Le Mans winner and Goodwood House Captain

John McGuinness

Multiple IoM TT winner

John Surtees

World Champion on two wheels and four

Johnny Cecotto

Motorcycle Grand Prix World Champion

Karun Chandhok

Former F1 driver

Kelvin Fletcher

BTCC driver and Emmerdale Star

Ken Block

Gymkhana star and WRX front-runner

Kenny Brack

1999 Indy 500 winner drives on the hill

Liam Doran

World Rallycross front-runner

Lorina McLaughlin

Regular winner of ‘Fastest Lady’ prize at Festival

Mad Mike Whiddett

Star of the drifting world

Mark Higgins

British Rally champion and IoM Record Holder drives on the hill

Martin Brundle

Le Mans winner and F1 star

Matt Neal

Three-time BTCC champion

Mike Conway

Indy Car race winner

Mike Skinner

1995 NASCAR Truck champion

Nick Mason

Pink Floyd drummer

Nicky Hayden

MotoGP Champion

Nico Hulkenberg

F1 star and Le Mans winner

Nyck de Vries

McLaren development driver

Olly Clark

Last year’s Festival of Speed shoot-out winner

Pat Doran

Four-time British Rallycross champion

Patrick Friesacher

Will be smoking in his Toyata Camry

Réné Arnoux

Seven-time F1 GP winner

Riccardo Patrese

Six-time Grand Prix winner

Richard Childress

Legendary NASCAR team owner

Ricky Carmichael

The ‘greatest of all time’ in motocross

Sam Tordoff

BTCC race winner

Sammy Miller

Two-time European Trials Champion

Steve Soper

Touring car legend

Sir Stirling Moss

Racing legend and “Mr Goodwood”

Stoffel Vandoorne

McLaren reserve driver

Troy Bayliss

World Superbike champion to ride Ducati GP3

Troy Corser

World Superbike Champion to ride BMW Kaczor R50S




The Festival of Speed will take place from 23-26 June 2016.

Tickets and hospitality packages are on sale with Saturday and Weekend tickets completely sold out and Sunday Grandstand Packages only available. More information is available via or via phone 01243 755055.

Staged every summer since 1993, the Goodwood Festival of Speed is the world’s largest automotive garden party; set against the spectacular backdrop of Goodwood House in West Sussex, UK. Over 600 cars and motorcycles spanning the phenomenal history of motoring and motor sport take part with some of the most legendary figures from the sport as well as international celebrities regularly attending. Highlights of the 2015 event, which took place on June 25-28, included the Moving Motor Show presented by the AA in association with The Telegraph, Forest Rally Stage, Michelin Supercar Paddock, Michelin Supercar Run, F1 paddock presented by Sky Sports F1, Drivers’ Club presented by TAG Heuer, GAS Arena powered by TomTom Bandit, Cartier Style et Luxe Concours d’Elegance, Aviation Exhibition and Bonhams Auction.

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