Jenson Button failed to improve his best lap time around the Top Gear track.
He set a 1’44.9 lap in the Suzuki Liana – two-tenths of a second slower than his previous effort. The track was wet whereas it had been dry for his first attempt.
But his 2010 team mate Lewis Hamilton had previously set a 1’44.7 on a wet track.
Button told host Jeremy Clarkson about how he was looking forward to joining Hamilton at McLaren next year:
This is a massive buzz for me its so exciting I’ve been in F1 for ten years, to get a chance to race Hamilton and Alonso at McLaren.
Commenting on a selection of highlights of his overtaking moves during the Brazilian Grand Prix, Button had this to say about his over-steery pass on Sebastien Buemi:
I did that on purpose – a bit of oversteer makes the guy nervous about getting close. It gives him less room.
He later revealed he had driven his Bugatti Veyron around the Top Gear track – while the cameras weren’t around.
David Coulthard also appeared in an F1-heavy episode, using the Red Bull show car to create ‘art’ with Jeremy Clarkson.
F1 drivers’ best lap times on Top Gear
1’44.6 – Nigel Mansell
1’44.7 – Jenson Button
1’44.7 – Lewis Hamilton (wet track)
1’46.3 – Damon Hill
1’47.1 – Mark Webber (wet track)
F1 drivers on Top Gear