F1 star helps AMG to celebrate 50 years
AMG showcased its half century of motoring performance with its 1971 300SEL 6.8, affectionately known as ‘ The Red Pig’. It was the first AMG car to be put through its paces under race conditions, four years after the company’s inception.
This high-performance variant of the 300 SEL 6.3 luxury saloon has a 6.8-litre 420hp V8 engine and set the benchmark for AMG powered Mercedes-Benzs to come in the early ‘70s.
As fantastic as this car is, however, it didn’t attract the same crowds as Mercedes AMG Formula One driver, Valtteri Bottas, who came on stage during the weekend to greet visitors and talk about his experience of driving the 2014 Mercedes W05 F1 car on the famous Goodwood hill climb.
He says: ‘I looked at the track map just before I went out as I had no idea which way to go! I’ve had a lot of support from festival-goers so I’ve been enjoying the events lots! It’s been amazing for me driving for such a great team, and it’s cool that it has such a mega history in cars and motor racing’.
‘I looked at the [hillclimb] map before I went out, as I had no idea which way to go! VALTTERI BOTTAS MERCEDES AMG F1 DRIVER