Lewis Hamilton matches Jenson Button on Top Gear

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

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

  9. 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. 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. 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. 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

  16. @Dave

    It seems to me that there is more negative comments about Hamilton than positive these days.

    I don’t care about the top gear thing – as you say, it means nothing in F1 terms – except that if he had come bottom of the list a load of people would be on this very comments page stating that it just goes to show that it’s the McLaren masking his lack of talent!

    My point is that he can’t do anything right in the eyes of some people – if he is fast in a little fun thing like a top Gear lap, or wins a clutch of F1 races in his first year, or comes within 1 point of taking the title in his rookie season – there is always someone who has to have a downer on him because of some perceived cockiness or lack of humility.

    Don’t judge Lewis Hamilton on the quantity of over-excited press he has received, judge him on his fantastic debut season, his amazing driving, his brilliant start to what is hopefully a long career.

  17. He’s good, but not proven (as an F1 driver).

    I don’t doubt he’ll win a championship, I wouldn’t bet against it thats for sure, but he could just be another British hopeful that fades into oblivion.

    It makes me wonder what is Damon Hill doing with a World Championship under his belt.

  18. How exactly does an F1 driver prove himself if not by winning races, boldly overtaking, and taming a double world champion? I think he has more than proved himself as a driver, what he needs now is a bit of seasoning.

    Damon should have had at least another one (given that Schumi stole one from him!), and could probably have had three if he hadn’t fallen out with Williams.

  19. I agree that being first on the Top Gear F1 drivers chart isn’t the be all for a racing driver but as a public relations stunt? – it was good fun especially the way he was doing it like a kid having fun!!
    also Clarkson was taking the whatsit out of him as well – all good Sunday tv – better than soaps or another beeb doc about us killing the planet.
    He has done more in his first year of F1 than anyone I can remember and it does sicken even his best fans all the crawling that itv does about him – turn the sound done at times – give youre ears a break from the commentators and lets see how he gets on this year as most drivers will not be making it easy for him you can bet on that – roll on 2008

  20. I’m curious, what is a proven F1 driver? How many titles must he have? or are there other conditions?

    LH has only 1 season in F1 so far, but in that season LH’s beaten FA in equal machinary, fair and sqare, that’s sure something? FA himself has 2 titles.

    (BTW LH bests FA fair and squre that’s in my eyes, Ferrari fans and others can say what ever they want, that McLaren favor him, back to the MonacoGP, they were saying TO is used against the rookie……)

    Any good F1 drivers would perform like LH give the MP4-22, just like what Nelson Piquet Jr, PDLR or other people believe, I for one don’t blieve it for a second.
    I’m neither british nor do I like LH, just want to be fair.

    (And BTW what if LH indeed lied/didn’t say the truth about the infos from Ferrari? I really did not know that the ROW is so full of honest people, if anyone of them were LH they’d admit their wrong doing and wait for Mosley to kick him out of the championship, if that’s the case, the ROW will make me laugh.)

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