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…