After 2 years of pandemic, the Festival of Speed Goodwood, which was sold out in record time, once again offered everything a motorsport fan’s heart desires from 23 to 26 June: Sir Jackie Stewart, Jenson Button, Marc Webber, Giacomo Agostini, to name but a few, drove “hill-up” past the cheering fans and were patiently available for autographs, Nigel Mansell experienced a reunion with his world champion Williams FW14B car, triggering a “Mansellmania” among the fans.

This year’s motto of the FOS was “The Innovators”, and one could marvel at and try out innovative vehicles and the latest developments on the grounds in the Future Lab and Electric Avenue. So it is not surprising that the Nick Heidfeld track record, which has been valid since 1999, was broken this year by Max Chilton in a vehicle equipped with the latest technologies and optimised by AI, the McMurty Speirling, with 39.08sec.