F1 is in Pole Position With Daniel Ricciardo Confirming for Goodwood #FoS

F1 is in Pole Position With Daniel Ricciardo Confirming for Goodwood #FoS

Daniel Ricciardo will be gracing the famous Hillclimb at the 2019 Festival of Speed presented by Mastercard, and will be joined by other current Formula 1 drivers Carlos Sainz Jr., Lando Norris and Alexander Albon.

The former Red Bull and Toro Rosso driver, who has attended the Festival once before, in 2012, will be making the trip to Goodwood on Sunday 7th July.

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Also confirmed from the current F1 grid are McLaren drivers Carlos Sainz Jr. and Brit’ Lando Norris, both of whom will be piloting a mighty Can-Am McLaren M8D, and Thai Torro Rosso star Alexander Albon, who’ll be driving the all-electric Honda e.

As for current Formula 1 teams, you’ll see F1 machinery on the hill from Mercedes, Ferrari, Renault and Red Bull, as well as static displays from Williams, Alfa Romeo and McLaren.

Will there be other current Formula 1 drivers on the Hill? The new sis positive but all Goodwood is saying is: “We wouldn’t want to give away all of our secrets just yet…”

Goodwood and F1’s Relationship – It’s All Up ‘The Hill’!

Goodwood’s strong relationship with current Formula 1 teams started in the Festival of Speed’s second year. In 1994, Williams, Arrows and McLaren brought crews to the event, with the latter bringing the then-current, Peugeot-powered MP4/9.

Having smashed the Hill record with a 47-second ascent, McLaren driver Martin Brundle commented: “We actually ran the car very conservatively. If we’d set about it, swapped the hard tyres for something a little softer, I think you’d go up there in 42 seconds.” Little did he know how accurate a prediction that was.

It was two years later that the Duke of Richmond managed to persuade Ferrari to make the journey from Maranello for the first time, and the team turned up with new driver Eddie Irvine and the previous year’s 412 T2.

Irvine’s enthusiasm off the Startline did mean that the car ran out of halfshafts before the end of Sunday, though…

The highlight for many during the past 26 years was Nick Heidfeld’s 41.6-second record run in the McLaren-Mercedes MP4/13. Aged just 22, Heidfeld was McLaren’s test driver at the time, and was sent to Goodwood by McLaren Managing Director Martin Whitmarsh under the strict instructions to get the record.

It remains standing to this day, largely down to the ban on F1 cars doing timed runs the following year.

Johnny Herbert was there in 2000, driving the new Jaguar Formula 1 car up the Hill, and he set the standard for the future by replacing outright speed with donuts and burnouts. That year was also Jenson Button’s first appearance of 16 in a row.

His relationship with Goodwood was celebrated last year with an interview by Mark Webber on the House balcony, having driven up the Hill in Honda’s RA301.

In his first year of Formula 1, in 2007, Lewis Hamilton was welcomed to the Festival of Speed as a conquering hero. He became a fixture of the event for nearly a decade, also celebrating his first championship year in 2008 with a House balcony appearance.

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