Guy Martin to take on Jenson Button in iconic Senna car for Channel 4
Channel 4 has teamed up with Williams Heritage to rebuild the first Formula One car ever driven by racing icon Ayrton Senna. Speaking at Sheffield International Documentary Festival, presenter Guy Martin has announced that he will be getting behind the wheel of the Williams FW08C to race F1 champion Jenson Button at Silverstone on the first day of the 2018 British Grand Prix. Jenson will take on Guy in the most unusual of F1 cars: the FW08B – a six-wheeled Williams prototype that was banned by the motor sport’s governing body just months before the 1983 season began. This will be the first time it has ever been driven competitively.
The showdown is the culmination of a new documentary, Speed with Guy Martin: Classic F1 Driver. To be aired on Channel 4 later this year, the documentary sees Guy embark on the huge challenge of rebuilding Senna’s classic car. Not only does he have to get to grips with the intricate engineering and specialised racing technology of a thoroughbred F1 car; but he’ll also have to learn how to drive one of the most challenging motors on earth.
Guy 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.”
Tom Porter, Commissioning Editor at Channel 4, said: “Guy has spent months putting his prodigious energy and talent into this unique challenge - made possible through the unprecedented access Williams has given us to its machinery and expertise. Over the years Channel 4 has built a great partnership with Formula One, and we’re delighted to be engineering this singular meeting of the sport’s history with a contemporary icon like Jenson.”