Guy Martin to race Jenson Button in historic Formula 1 cars

In a new addition to the 'Speed with Guy Martin' TV series, he and Button will go head-to-head on the Friday of the British Grand Prix

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Motorcycle racer turned television presenter Guy Martin is to race against Jenson Button in Ayrton Senna’s first-ever Williams for a new Channel 4 TV show.

Martin is to restore the Williams FW08C chassis in which Keke Rosberg won the 1983 Monaco Grand Prix and which Senna drove for his first Formula 1 test at Donington Park later that summer.

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Once the car is complete, he will then take part in a race against Button at this year’s British Grand Prix. The 2009 F1 world champion Button will be driving the six-wheel FW08B that was banned just months before the start of the 1983 campaign.

The restoration project and race will be filmed for a new documentary called Speed with Guy Martin: Classic F1 Driver, which will be shown on Channel 4 later this year.

Speaking about the project, Martin said: '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.'

Martin is no stranger to F1, having served on the Williams pit crew at last year’s Belgian Grand Prix for a television programme.

Jonathan Williams, head of Williams Heritage, added: ‘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.'

The weekend will also feature triple F1 champion Sir Jackie Stewart driving his 1969 Matra MS80 as Silverstone celebrates 70 years as the host of the British Grand Prix. The demonstrations will run alongside two supporting FIA Masters Historic F1 races for 1970s and '80s cars.

Last month, Channel 4 F1 TV pundits Mark Webber, Karun Chandhok and Susie Wolff drove 1940s and ‘50s grand prix cars for an upcoming feature on the circuit's history.

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