Hamilton and Button drive a Mercedes W25

F1 picturesPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Lewis Hamilton tries sitting behind the engine and braking with his right foot
Lewis Hamilton tries sitting behind the engine and braking with his right foot

Both of Britain’s Mercedes-powered F1 drivers have sampled the same historic W25 in recent weeks.

Jenson Button drove the car at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and last weekend Lewis Hamilton tried it out on the Nurburgring Nordschleife.

Built in 1934, the W25 had a twin-supercharged straight engine that produced 314bhp to begin with, increasing to 354bhp when they started using methyl alcohol fuel.

Perched on tyres that seem ludicrously skinny by modern standards, the drivers also had to get used to having the accelerator on the left and the brake pedal on the right.

The car’s distinctive shriek made it hard to miss on the hill at Goodwood, but unfortunately I wasn’t in the right place at the right time to get a picture of Button at the wheel.

So thanks to Jonny White who has allowed me to use a couple of his pictures of Button driving the car and waving to the crowd. Have a look at some more of his excellent pictures from Goodwood on Flickr, if the collection below hasn’t satisfied your appetite!

More pictures from the 2009 Goodwood Festival of Speed

Images ?? Daimler, Jonny White