British Grand Prix – Motorcycle racer turned TV presenter Guy Martin will take the wheel of a classic Williams F1 car to race against retired Formula 1 driver Jenson Button at Silverstone.
Martin, a 17 time podium finisher at the Isle of Man TT, has turned to TV presenting and documentaries in recent years. Speaking at Sheffield International Documentary Festival on Tuesday, he announced that his new documentary “Speed with Guy Martin: Classic F1 Driver” will feature him taking the wheel of a Williams FW08C.
Taking place on the Friday of the upcoming British Grand Prix at Silverstone, Martin will race against 2009 Formula 1 World Champion Jenson Button, who has since retired from F1 and moved to the World Endurance Championship. Button made his debut in F1 with Williams in 2000, spending a solitary season there before moving to Benetton. He will be driving a Williams FW08B – a six wheeler prototype that was banned prior to the 1983 season.
The documentary primarily focuses on Martin getting his hands on Keke Rosberg’s 1983 Williams, the car the Finn used to attempt to defend his World Championship. In conjunction with Williams’ Heritage Department, Martin rebuilds and restores the car before learning how to drive one quickly before his showdown with Button at Silverstone. It will be aired on Channel 4 later this year.
“I feel that I’m in good company behind the wheel of the Williams FW08C. It was the first F1 car to be driven by the great Ayrton Senna and it won the 1983 Monaco Grand Prix. It’s been a real privilege to work with Williams on bringing this iconic piece of motoring history back to life. Jenson may be a world champion but with a stunning vehicle like this all bets are off.” Guy Martin
Martin has worked with Williams before. He was one of their pit mechanics at last year’s Belgian Grand Prix, working as a wheel change crewman and aiding the team throughout the entire weekend.
Jonathan Williams from the Heritage Department welcomed the road racer: “It has been great to open our doors once again to Guy Martin, this time engaging him with our Williams Heritage department.”
“Guy has proved himself to be the consummate professional yet again, being both mechanically adept and having a real feel behind the wheel of a racing car. The FW08C continues to play an important role in our 41 years of racing history and we are pleased to offer both Guy and Jenson the opportunity to showcase some of the team’s history at Silverstone.”