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Formula One legend David Coulthard to race at the 77th Goodwood Members’ Meeting

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David Coulthard will return to the Goodwood Members’ Meeting on April 6-7 with the IWC Racing Team, getting back behind the wheel of the Swiss luxury watchmaker’s Mercedes-Benz SL 300 ‘Gullwing’.

The 13-time Grand Prix winner, who will line up on the grid of the Tony Gaze Trophy, made his Members’ Meeting debut last year at the 76th Members’ Meeting, driving the Gullwing in the Salvadori Cup. After qualifying 15th, the Scot worked his way through the field to 9th after the 20-minute race.

The Tony Gaze Trophy will mark a hat-trick of appearances for Coulthard in the Gullwing, having also driven demonstration laps in the car at the 75th Members’ Meeting in 2017.

IWC’s relationship with Goodwood enters its fifth year in 2019, with the brand having been the Official Timing Partner of the Members’ Meeting since the 73rd edition in 2015.

David Coulthard is the latest big name to be confirmed for the 77th Members’ Meeting, with more motorsport royalty waiting in the wings as Goodwood prepares for another glorious season of historic racing.

Saturday and weekend tickets for the 77th Members’ Meeting are expected to sell out within the next few days, with Sunday tickets close behind. Tickets can be purchased by Members and Fellows of the Goodwood Road Racing Club (GRRC). To find out about joining the GRRC Fellowship, click here.

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Formula 1 icon Michael Schumacher’s career to be celebrated at Goodwood Festival of Speed

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The remarkable career of Michael Schumacher will be celebrated at the 2019 Festival of Speed, with his famous cars, family, friends, team-mates and former rivals, including World Champions Mika Hakkinen and Damon Hill, all coming together in a unique tribute to Formula 1’s greatest record-breaker.

This year marks not only Schumacher’s 50th birthday, but also the 25th anniversary of his first of seven Formula 1 World Championships.

To celebrate his record-breaking career, Goodwood is organising a special tribute to him at the Festival of Speed on 4-7 July. Schumacher’s entire career will be celebrated, with cars from his time in sports and touring cars, the junior categories and, of course, his Formula 1 career, which spanned 21 years and more than 300 races.

The theme at this year’s event is “Speed Kings – Motorsport’s Record Breakers” and, with 91 Grand Prix victories and seven world titles to his name, it is a perfect year to honour Formula 1’s greatest record breaker. Damon Hill will also take to the Hillclimb in one of Schumacher’s iconic cars as a nostalgic moment to commemorate their notable rivalry and sportsmanship.

Sabine Kehm, spokesperson for the Schumacher family, said: “We are delighted that the Goodwood Festival of Speed has chosen to celebrate Michael’s career, in the year of his 50th birthday, and on the 25th anniversary of his first World Championship. It is especially fitting this year, as the event’s ‘Record Breakers’ theme perfectly encapsulates his incredible achievements, including records, many of which may never be broken. We hope the public enjoy the opportunity to see an assortment of his winning cars, and the many friends, rivals and team members, who are coming to Goodwood to support the occasion. We thank the Duke of Richmond and the Goodwood team for making Michael such an important feature of this year’s event.”

Schumacher started his motorsport career in karts and, after several titles, moved into Formula 3 and then sports cars with Mercedes-Benz. His Grand Prix debut came in the 1991 Belgian Grand Prix, when he stood in for Jordan’s Bertrand Gachot. His long-time manager Willi Weber was asked by Team Principal Eddie Jordan whether he had been to Spa, to which the answer was ‘yes’. Weber neglected to say that it was as a spectator.

No matter, Schumacher put his Jordan 191 seventh on the grid, – the highest starting position for the team to date, and over half a second faster than seasoned team-mate Andrea de Cesaris. While his clutch went on the first lap, the stage had been set. He was signed by Benetton for the rest of the season and, only three years later, he would seal his first world championship.

By the time he moved to Ferrari for the 1996 season he was a two-time champion and, with the help of Jean Todt and Ross Brawn, dragged the Italian team back to the front of the grid. In 2000, he became Ferrari’s first Drivers’ Champion since Jody Scheckter 21 years earlier.

The wins, and championships, kept coming and, having won 91 Grands Prix, he retired at the end of the 2006 season. He returned in 2010 for Mercedes, but despite a podium finish in 2012, he didn’t manage the heights of his first career. While his time in F1 was sometimes overshadowed by poor on-track decisions, his thirst for victory and supreme car control was never in doubt. He still holds over 20 records in the sport, some of which may never be beaten.

In late 2013, Schumacher suffered a severe head injury while skiing, and has been rehabilitating since at his home in Switzerland. His son Mick has shown huge promise in the lower categories of the sport, having won last year’s European Formula 3 Championship and looks ahead to his F1 test debut this weekend in Bahrain.

:: Tickets for the Festival of Speed are available from Goodwood.com and from Goodwood Customer Sales on 01243 755 055.

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