2009 Formula 1 World Champion Jenson Button has confirmed his return to the Goodwood Festival of Speed for 2014. The Briton will be one of this years star attractions.
The 2014 theme for the Festival of Speed is ‘Addicted to Winning’, something that Button knows a lot about. He excelled in karting before winning the British Formula Ford title and the Formula Ford Festival in 1998, before coming third as a rookie in British Formula 3 the following year as well as winning the coveted Masters of F3 race at Zandvoort.
He made his Formula 1 debut in 2000 for Williams, and has made 253 starts in 15 years while driving for Benetton, Renault, British American Racing, Honda, Brawn GP and McLaren. He has won 15 races in that time, the first being the 2006 Hungarian Grand Prix for Honda, and won the 2009 Formula 1 World Championship with Brawn. He also has taken eight pole positions, eight fastest laps and fifty-career podium finishes.
This will be Button’s fifteenth visit to the Festival of Speed, and has previously driven machinery such as a 1970 Can-Am McLaren M8D, a P1 supercar and Alain Prost’s 1986 title-winning machine.
“Goodwood is one of the highlights of my season,” admits Button. “I’ve had the chance to get behind the wheel of some incredible historic racing cars there, which I’d never have been able to drive otherwise, and to meet some of the most enthusiastic fans, who have given me a tremendous amount of support over the years. I’m really looking forward to it.”
Button becomes the third former Formula 1 World Champion to confirm their appearance to the event in June. 1964 World Champion John Surtees and 1972 and 1974 World Champion Emerson Fittipaldi have already confirmed their appearance in the event. Fittipaldi will celebrate forty years since his 1974 championship win by driving the McLaren M23 that took him to that title.