Goodwood, 28 June – Today was the second day of the Goodwood Festival of Speed and the Ferraris and their drivers from today and yesteryear got a rousing reception from the crowd. Today, Pedro de la Rosa repeated his Friday performance, firing the 2010 Ferrari F10 Formula 1 car up the famous Goodwood hill. The Spaniard did two runs, one in the morning and the other in the afternoon, which proved to be hugely popular with the enthusiastic and knowledgeable fans. This was Pedro’s first visit to the Festival of Speed and he was impressed by the atmosphere. “There’s an incredible number of people here, but the crazy thing is they are all so knowledgeable which means it’s great to talk to them,” said the Spaniard. “Personally I had a lot of fun driving here and I also had the honour of going up the hill just a few minutes after one of my heroes, Emerson Fittipaldi (in his 1974 McLaren.) On top of that, I was also able to chat with another motorsport legend, John Surtees.”
Indeed, the English former Scuderia Ferrari driver was the star of the show. Tomorrow is the big day for the 1964 World Champion from Surrey, when he will tackle the Goodwood hillclimb at the wheel of the Ferrari 158 he drove to that world championship crown in 1964. Driving alongside him on the hill, in a stirring parallel between two world champions, will be Scuderia Ferrari’s current driver Kimi Raikkonen, at the wheel of the F2007 which took him to the title in 2007.
This fantastic blend of history and passion is part of an event organised by Shell, the longterm partner of Scuderia Ferrari, that is sponsoring the event and whose logos were visible on the Prancing Horse cars in both the years represented on the track. The partnership between Scuderia Ferrari and Shell is one of the longest running in Formula 1, as well being one of the most successful.
Apart from the Formula 1 cars, Ferrari’s road cars are also here and drawing big crowds. Among those attracting the most attention are the F12 TRS and the two LaFerrari, one of which belongs to enthusiastic Ferrari collector, Jamiroquai’s Jay Kay.