Daniel Ricciardo to Mario Andretti: Iconic F1 Drivers and Cars at the Goodwood Festival 2021

Published 07/11/2021, 7:29 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 22, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo during practice REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes


Goodwood Festival of Speed 2021 is currently happening in its full flight in London. In line with the theme of celebrating and paying homage to Motorsport Maestros, the event showcased many vintage and iconic motorsport cars, including some of the best F1 challengers of the olden days.

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Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 2, 2021, McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo during practice REUTERS/Lisi Niesner

In addition to showcasing the cars, the events also welcomed the legends of the world of motorsport and some current superstars. Drivers such as Daniel Ricciardo, Emerson Fittipaldi, and Mario Andretti drove some iconic liveries.

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A compilation of all the retro F1 cars and driver entrants

As reported by their official Goodwood Festival website, recognized personnel involved with Formula One got a chance to go behind the wheel in the retro F1 cars.

Emerson Fittipaldi, the two-time world champion, drove Lotus 72 and Penske-llmor PC18. Then, current McLaren drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris got to fulfill their childhood dreams; they drove Ayrton Senna‘s 1990 McLaren-Honda MP4/5B. McLaren also had its Monaco Gulf Livery at the festival.

Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 20, 2021, McLaren’s Lando Norris in action during practice REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Former F1 world champion Mario Andretti had a whole segment of cars dedicated to him, such as 1974 Lola T332, Lotus 77, and Alfa Romeo 179C, to name a few. But the American motorsport legend chose his 1974 Lola T332, Lotus-Cosworth 79, and Lotus-Cosworth 49B to take for a spin at the festival.

In the new classic F1 liveries, Alex Albon drove Red Bull-Renault RB7 while Anthony Davidson and Esteban Gutierrez drove the all-conquering Mercedes W10. Marc Gene drove the stunning Ferrari SF70 whereas Jenson Button went down memory lane to drive the Williams-Cosworth FW08.

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In the post shared by Mclaren, the Aussie driver stated, ” As a kid, I would have done anything to stand next to this car, let alone drive it. So I’m happy to clean it,” said Daniel.

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The Goodwood Festival of Speed started on July 8 and will end on July 11, 2021.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sport Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been a ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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