A FORMULA One world champion will be returning to the Goodwood Festival of Speed this year.

Jenson Button, the 2009 world champion and current McLaren driver, is no stranger to the festival and will be making his 15th appearance.

The British F1 ace said: “Goodwood is one of the highlights of my season. I’ve had the chance to get behind the wheel of some incredible historic racing cars there, which I’d never have been able to drive otherwise, and to meet some of the most enthusiastic fans, who have given me a tremendous amount of support over the years. I’m really looking forward to it.”

He is the third ex-Formula 1 world champion to confirm his attendance at this year’s festival – joining fellow Briton John Surtees and Brazilian Emerson Fittipaldi.

Goodwood Festival of Speed runs from June 26 to 29.