World champion Sebastian Vettel will star at this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed. The Red Bull Racing driver will make his first appearance at the annual motorsport extravaganza, along with team-mate Mark Webber and McLaren drivers Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button.
Vettel's appearance was announced by Goodwood owner Lord March during a press conference at the West Sussex stately home this morning. The German, who will start his quest for a third world title on the trot in Australia on Sunday, fits in with the 'Young Guns' theme of this year's Festival.
Webber will also drive the Infiniti Emerg-e range extender sportscar, which will be having its first public appearance on the move. Seven of the 12 current F1 squads have committed to the June 28th-1st July event, which will also include a major tribute to the Lotus marque, celebrating 60 years since its first car was produced. The central sculpture outside Goodwood House will be Lotus-focused, and about 40 examples of the Norfolk manufacturer will be in action.
The Moving Motor Show element of the Festival also continues to flourish, with over 22 car manufacturers already signed up on the Thursday of the event.