Schumacher in the Benetton

The Goodwood Festival of Speed is an annual event where some of the best cars are pitted against each other. Each car goes up the famous hill at Goodwood house during the Festival of Speed. This year, the theme is “Speed Kings – Motorsport’s Record Breakers” and a former rival of Michael Schumacher is one of the attendees.

Incidentally, the 2019 festival coincides the 25th anniversary of Schumacher’s first World Championship in 1994 and his 50th birthday. The German ‘weltmeister’ sealed his first title in the Benetton B194 against Hill in the Williams FW16 by a single point. That year, the turning point of the title came with the infamous clash at the season-ending Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide.

The pair continued their bitter rivalry through 1995, once again both drivers traded paint. The venues for both clashes were Silverstone and Monza. But Michael Schumacher went on to clinch his second title.

Michael Schumacher
The infamous collision between Hill and Schumacher

As of now, Schumacher is still the proud owner of numerous records in F1 including the most championships (7), most wins (91), most podiums (155) and fastest laps (77). However, Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton is quickly approaching those numbers.

Sabine Kehm, the 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.”

Damon Hill