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Published 05 May 2010

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Contemporary Formula One – the world’s best cars and fastest drivers:

The Goodwood Festival of Speed’s unique ability to attract the top works Formula 1 teams and drivers is a key strength - nowhere else in the world can you get so close to the latest and greatest F1 cars and drivers. Already several teams have indicated their intention to attend this year’s Festival, one week ahead of their appearance at the British Grand Prix.

• Scuderia Ferrari – the incomparable Italian marque will be at the Festival once more, their blood red cars forming a central part of this year’s ‘Viva Veloce!’ celebration

 • McLaren-Mercedes – the MP4-24 will be in action all weekend, with 2008 and 2009 World Champions Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button expected to be at the controls

 • Mercedes GP – the newest F1 team in the pit lane will mark its return to full works competition after a 55-year absence with an appearance at the Festival of Speed

 • Red Bull – after setting the pace through the latter part of 2009, Red Bull will be amongst the favourites this year, and their car is sure to be a Festival highlight

 • Williams-Cosworth – the latest FW32, which will appear at the Festival, renews Williams’ relationship with Cosworth, with whom it won four World Titles in the 1980s

F1 World Champions

Look out in the paddock for familiar Formula One faces too, including recent F1 World Champions Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton.  Past F1 master expected include Sir Stirling Moss, Sir Jackie Stewart and Damon Hill.

60 Years of the Formula One World Championship:

Since the inaugural World Championship in 1950 – won by Dr Giuseppe Farina in a stunning Alfa Romeo 158 ‘Alfetta’ – Formula One has maintained its place as the very pinnacle of motor sport. The names of the great drivers – Fangio, Ascari, Moss, Clark, Stewart, Prost, Senna, Schumacher, Alonso, Hamilton, Button – trip off the tongue as easily as those of the classic manufacturers – Ferrari, Maserati, Mercedes, Vanwall, BRM, Lotus, Brabham, McLaren, Williams, Renault. Simply put, for many people Formula One IS motor racing. The 2010 Festival of Speed will celebrate F1’s 60th anniversary with a momentous gathering of cars and drivers illustrating many of the key moments in the formula’s rich and varied history.

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