Goodwood Festival: Saturday round-up

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Lewis Hamilton will not get to drive Senna's 1988 McLaren
Lewis Hamilton will not get to drive Senna's 1988 McLaren

I spent the first day at the Goodwood Festival of Speed running around taking tons of pictures.

Today I snapped a few more, but I also had a lot more time to talk to people and soak up the atmosphere.

A few of the F1 cars that failed to appear yesterday got running today. They included the gorgeous Lotus-Cosworth 79 (Mario Andretti’s championship-winning car from 1978) which was driven byformer Lotus pilot Martin Donnelly.

The Williams-Renault FW16 from 1994 appeared, driven by its designer, Adrian Newey, who drove another of his Williams creations yesterday.

Newey’s boss – Christian Horner – was also in attendance, taking to the hill in the Cooper-Climax T51 which won the championship 50 years ago.

There was one final F1 car which made it onto the Hill today – the Life L190, after three failures to get going, was finally coaxed up the hill and over the line by the man who rebuilt its engine, Lorenzo Prandina. I had a chat with Lorenzo and got lots of pictures of this bizarre car, and will write some more about it later.

Several F1 drivers past and present popped up in different cars. Kazuki Nakajima and Timo Glock were both present, driving a Williams and a Toyota respectively.

Alan Jones got behind the wheel of a Le Mans-specification McLaren F1, and succeeded in spinning it (thankfully without hitting anything) at the second corner. He also drove his old Williams-Cosworth FW07 from 1978, thankfully without damaging it.

But Lewis Hamilton’s hopes of driving Ayrton Senna’s 1988 McLaren-Honda MP4/4 may be dashed. As Bruno Senna came past me at Molecomb in the afternoon it juddered to a halt. Senna said he suspected a failure in the clutch or gearbox, and the latter could prove difficult. Senna mentioned he’d been preparing to do a burn-out at the time, which we hadn’t been expecting the the 21 year-old car to be subject to for pretty much this reason.

Also due tomorrow are Jenson Button and Frank Williams, the latter celebrating 40 years in Formula 1.

I’ve added a couple of my new pictures below, the rest from today will be added to these artcles:

Update: McLaren have now confirmed Hamilton won’t be driving Senna’s car tomorrow.