Lewis Hamilton matches Jenson Button on Top Gear

Lewis Hamilton made a hotly-anticipated appearance on BBC TV’s Top Gear tonight – no doubt part of a smartly choreographed PR offensive ahead of next Sunday’s Sports Personality of the Year Award.

His performance in the celebrated ‘Star in a Reasonably Priced Car’ spot will have done his chances no harm. Set the task of lapping the Top Gear circuit in the venerable Suzuki Liani Hamilton matched Jenson Button’s time of 1m 44.7s – on a wet track, where Button had had a dry lap.

Both were behind Nigel Mansell (1’44.6) and the anonymous Stig (1’44.4) who drives the track every week. But Hamilton vowed to return on a dry day…

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36 comments on Lewis Hamilton matches Jenson Button on Top Gear

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  1. vidsplease said on 2nd December 2007, 21:24

    So Kimi is the Stig? I knew it!

  2. Did you have to mention the result in the post title?????

    There are some people in this world who haven’t yet seen the episode and would rather not have any spoilers.

  3. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 2nd December 2007, 23:04

    I think if people don’t want to find out the results of such things then they should take care what forms of media they read.

  4. A wet and oily track. That’s more than 0.3s the difference. Let’s just hope for him he can repeat the performance on the dry track to make it official :).

  5. Journeyer said on 3rd December 2007, 0:24

    Hmmm… That’s not a good sign for Button, is it? He and Lewis having the same time, when Jenson had a much, much better track than Lewis. Then again, the fact that Jense was slower than ‘Our Nige’ isn’t a good sign either.

    Well done, Lewis. I’m guessing he will return again this time next year – world champion or not.

    Lewis is surely going to win 2007 SP of the Year, right?

  6. I just watched the interview (thank you, Final Gear) – Clarkson asks Hamilton if he has pubes yet… that must’ve been popular with the sponsors!

  7. Rohan said on 3rd December 2007, 9:00

    I think Lewis is the only one who did it in the new car though, which they mentioned when they first got it was about 2-3 seconds than the old Suzuki.

    So not as impressive if that is the case.

  8. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 3rd December 2007, 9:03

    No, Hamilton’s lap was in the old car, like all the other F1 drivers.

  9. nellyweb said on 3rd December 2007, 9:08

    Let’s face it – he is going to wipe the floor with all of them on a dry day. 0.3 sec off the fastest dry lap in wet oily conditions – it’s all I would have expected to be honest!

    I guess even this wouldn’t make the Hamilton haters shut up!

  10. Daniel said on 3rd December 2007, 10:45

    Not that people hate him cos he is fast(all the good for him), he is hated in ROW(But Britain, cos he has such endearing qualities.

    Sorry, now he is also hated in Britain(aww, come on, time to grow up) for moving to Switzerland as he primarily seeks piece and quiet(well most believe it has nothing to do with taxes).

    Also, he said he knew nothing of Ferrari information which was freely available to all sundy at Macca(what a laugh!). So ROW see’s him as a lying, scheming so and so.

    Need i say more?

  11. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 3rd December 2007, 10:50

    Where’s ROW?

  12. ROW = Rest of World?

    I couldn’t believe it, I’m somewhat sceptical, but good on him for doing so well in what looked like such a rubbish lap!

  13. Oh! Could you just stop it? They were not driving a F1 car. Who cares if he is faster with a Suzuki? What do you mean with this that this anonius Stig would be a better F1 driver.
    This Hamiton thing is going to far, he didn’t even won a single championship.
    More humility from his fans and from himself, he thinks now in breakin MS records and still have to start winning the first… COME ONE, GROW UP KID!
    Am I the only one who thinks this way?

  14. SoLiD said on 3rd December 2007, 11:59

    Dave… he has won championships, and BIG ONES!! Euroseries F3 and GP2..that big.
    And he nearly missed out on the F1 titel this year already… so pls be fair and see that hate or love him, he’s good.
    Ppl that follow him for some years already knew this.
    And he didn’t say he thinks he will break them…He said he is young and has time on his side…and if he sees he can break the record he will..he would love to be the best ever.. and who wouldn’t be. A real winner has to be a bit cocky and believe in himself!
    It’s not because he’s hyped, he aint that good.plz

  15. Solid… As many others Lewis did win F3, GP2 or also in karting. I was just trying to be realistic in front of so much hysteria. As an example, read above “I guess even this wouldn’t make the Hamilton haters shut up”. I don’t hate him at all, I think he is one of the best drivers in F1, but let’s face it: everything that comes from LW is not that IMPRESSIVE, even if he matches Jenson’s lap what does this have to do with racing in a F1 car? We could say Nigel or Stig are better drivers than Lewis? NO

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