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Formula 1: Hamilton, Mercedes confirm Goodwood Festival of Speed attendance

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Via a press release from the Goodwood Estate in Chichester, England on Tuesday, June 17, the Goodwood Circuit announced that Formula 1 Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has confirmed his attendance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed for 2014.

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According to Goodwood, the British Formula 1 racer will drive at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on June 26-29 as part of Mercedes-Benz’s celebration of its 120 years in motor sport.

The 2008 F1 World Champion will drive a modern grand prix car, run by his regular Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One team, up the Goodwood Hillclimb on the Sunday afternoon of the Festival of Speed.

According to Goodwood, the twenty-nine-year-old Hamilton fits the year's theme of "Addicted to Winning." He has taken four victories this year, more wins than any other F1 driver in the current season.

On top of his 2008 title, he has had 26 grand prix triumphs and this year took the record for pole positions set by a British driver – which now stands at 35 – from the legendary two-time champion Jim Clark.

In his career, Hamilton also took titles in Formula Renault, Formula 3 and GP2 on his way to grand prix racing and remains one of only a handful of drivers to have finished on the podium on his F1 debut.

Lewis Hamilton is the sixth F1 world champion to confirm his presence at Goodwood. He joins Emerson Fittipaldi, John Surtees, Sir Jackie Stewart, Jenson Button, and Kimi Raikkonen in the Festival of Speed line-up.

Mercedes will also bring 16-time grand prix winner Sir Stirling Moss; four-time IndyCar champion Dario Franchitti; DTM legends Roland Asch and Bernd Schneider; Le Mans winners Hans Herrmann, Klaus Ludwig and Jochen Mass; and ex-F1 man Karl Wendlinger to the Festival of Speed.

The Goodwood Festival of Speed runs June 26-29 and is open to the public for an admission charge.

Lewis Hamilton is currently second in the 2014 season's drivers' championship with 118 points to his team-mate, Nico Rosberg's 140. Mercedes is dominating the season in the constructors' championship with 258 points. The next race in the season is the Austrian Grand Prix on June 22.


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