Hamilton to drive Senna’s McLaren

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Lewis Hamilton will drive the McLaren-Honda that Ayrton Senna won his first world championship in at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The Earl of March announced today that Hamilton will be making his third visit to the festival and will drive a 1988 McLaren-Honda MP4-4. Senna scored his first of three world championships in the car, and won races at Imola, Montreal, Detroit, Silverstone, Hockenheim, Hungaroring, Spa-Francorchamps and Suzuka.

It was the last car with a turbo engine to win the world championship, using a 1.5-litre Honda V6.

Irony fans will note that Alain Prost actually scored more points than Senna in 1988, but lost the championship under the “best 11 results count” rule. A similar scenario could happen again this year under the new “most wins” championship system.

Jenson Button will also attend the Festival this year, driving his BGP 001. Place your bets now on which of them will have the most points in the championship by the July 3rd, the first day of the three-day event.

Pictures from last year’s Festival of Speed