Massa to try Senna's first F1 car at Autosport International

Felipe Massa will sample the first Formula 1 car driven by Ayrton Senna, the Williams FW08C, at Autosport International this weekend

Massa to try Senna's first F1 car at Autosport International

Raced by Keke Rosberg and Jacques Laffite in the 1983 season, the Cosworth-powered FW08C was the first F1 car the eventual three-time world champion tested, at Donington Park in July 1983.

It will be demonstrated in the Live Action Arena during the show at Birmingham's NEC, with Massa getting behind the wheel on Sunday afternoon.

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A further eight cars spanning the history of Williams in F1 - and including Rosberg, Nigel Mansell and Damon Hill's title winners - will form a special display alongside the team's motorhome.

Other show features include the F1 Racing Grid, British Touring Car Championship and Wales Rally GB features, and the new When We Were Kings historic display celebrating motorsport in the 1970s and 80s.

Hill joins Massa as one of the stars of the show, while other key personnel from the team will also be in attendance over the four days, including Claire Williams, Pat Symonds and Rob Smedley.

Former Williams test driver Susie Wolff will launch a new initiative to boost the number of women involved in the sport on Thursday, while dual World Rallycross champion Petter Solberg returns to the Live Action Arena.

The guest list also includes three-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Allan McNish and BTCC champions Gordon Shedden, Matt Neal, Colin Turkington and Andrew Jordan.

Follow Autosport International live from Birmingham from Thursday morning on Autosport.com

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