Sebastian Vettel is set to make a return to the Goodwood Festival of Speed this year, where he will pilot some of the significant F1 cars from his collection. The German driver, who retired from F1 at the close of last season, is due to get behind the wheel of Nigel Mansell’s title-winning Williams FW14B and his own ex-Ayrton Senna McLaren MP4/8 from 1993 at the event scheduled for 15-16 July weekend. It has been revealed by organisers that all the classic cars driven by the former world champion at the Festival of Speed will be powered by sustainable fuels, in line with his ‘Race without Trace’ initiative launched last year.
Vettel has previously appeared on the Goodwood track in 2012 where he drove the Red Bull RB7, which he took to the previous year’s title. Speaking about his upcoming appearance, Vettel said: “It’s great to be coming back to Goodwood after all these years. I can’t wait to get behind the wheel of some of my most memorable cars, which will be running on sustainable fuel over the weekend. I’m a passionate racer and it’s important to me that we continue to enjoy driving iconic racing cars today, and in the future, but that we do so in a responsible way.”
It has been revealed that Porsche will be the celebrated marque at this year’s event, which is set to run for its 30th edition on 15-18 July. The company is marking the 75th anniversary of the creation of its first car this year in line with the milestone also commemorated by the Goodwood circuit. A special parade of Porsches will take to the hill at the event, at which it is estimated that 20% of the cars in action will be powered by alternative methods such as electric, hydrogen, or synthetic fuels.
Goodwood Duke of Richmond remarked: “I am enormously excited to welcome Sebastian back to Goodwood this summer. I know our fans will be delighted to have an opportunity to celebrate his incredible career and to see him in action on the hill. His attitude towards sourcing alternative fuels absolutely aligns with our plans across the event and the wider Estate to ensure we are shining a light on this important topic and protect motorsport for the next generation.”