Williams Heritage is delighted to confirm its attendance at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed on 12-15th July. Karun Chandhok will return to the famous Goodwood hill in the Williams-BMW FW26, meanwhile the team’s six-wheeled FW08B will be on static display.
This year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed celebrates its Silver Jubilee anniversary and reflects on the best moments from the past quarter of a century. The four-day festival is set to look back on the Goodwood’s nostalgic journey since its inception in June 1993, to today’s iconic event that enjoys phenomenal popularity and is televised worldwide.
Designed by Sir Patrick Head, Gavin Fisher and Antonia Terzi, the FW26 was driven by Juan Pablo Montoya and Ralf Schumacher in the 2004 Formula One World Championship, delivering a race victory at the Brazilian Grand Prix. Marc Gene and Antonia Pizzonia also drove six races between them that season replacing Ralf after he was injured during the United States Grand Prix. The FW26 with its V10 engine was known to be one of the most attention-grabbing cars of the season. It is also well known for holding the record for the fastest qualifying lap in the history of Formula One at that time. Juan Pablo Montoya lapped Monza at an average speed of 262.242 km/h (162.9 mph) in 2004.
Jonathan Williams commented: “Williams Heritage is looking forward to celebrating the momentous occasion of the Silver Jubilee anniversary of Goodwood’s Festival of Speed. The festival is a special event which I thoroughly look forward to each year, and this year is no exception. It will be a spectacle for the crowd to see Karun take the FW26 up the hill this year.”
Williams Reserve and Development Driver, Robert Kubica, will also make his return to the Festival of Speed this year with Martini Racing as part of their 50th anniversary celebrations.