Confirming speculation first reported on Crash.net at the weekend, Lewis Hamilton will feature at this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed, giving British fans their first chance to see him in F1 action on home soil.

The world championship leader will drive a McLaren-Mercedes up the challenging 1.16-mile Goodwood hillclimb on Sunday 24 June, some two weeks before he makes his British Grand Prix debut at Silverstone.

Hamilton's confirmation means that all four British F1 drivers will be in attendance at Goodwood, joining Jenson Button, David Coulthard and fellow recruit Anthony Davidson in taking a shot at the hill record. Not all will be in contemporary F1 machinery, however, with Davidson due to drive the ex-Nigel Mansell/Nelson Piquet 1987 championship-winning Williams-Honda FW11B.

Both Davidson and former kart rival Button are also due to take on the hill on two wheels, racing bicycles as part of the inaugural Goodwood Organic Milk Race, which teams top drivers with professional cyclists in a time trial up the drive to Goodwood House - and then back down again.

Seven F1 teams have also said that they will grace the Festival this year, with Ferrari heading the list as the event celebrates its 60th anniversary. Honda will run its RA107 'world car' in the hands of Button and Christian Klien, while Hamilton's McLaren team will be present all weekend, although the Briton will drive on Sunday only.

Toyota, Red Bull and Williams will also be in attendance, with Ralf Schumacher confirmed for the former, while Spyker will run both its F1 and Le Mans cars.

 

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