I agree that is was a very good episode of Top Gear. Maybe they should try focussing on cars more often, there’s still plenty they can do with that I think.
Also, Vettel came over as likeable and funny. During racing, ie. he is probably different, more focussed, but I can see him and the team having a good and fun time, drifting on the success they created in between. I also liked how Clarkson pointed out his leaning forward when talking about his lap, showing his competitive side – but Vettel was also able to laugh at that (happy that he had been the fastest, as usual). Had to laugh at his Mansell impression too. It was funny seeing him not entirely comprehend the joke about congrats with his race win initially, probably helped he didn’t know the airing time of the show; he caught on quickly.
So, Vettel might be a great guy, if you are not his direct competitor, still would like him to have to show his racing more though. He did have a good race on Sunday I think, and that fight with Hamilton, and defence from Webber (even if Webber eased off in the last lap) were well done.
The MP4-12c; well, I thought it a nicely done feature, and I do think the nose of the 458 looks more elegant, as a package, had I the money, I’d go for the McLaren. Behind the nose I like the 458 not so well. Personal opinion of course. And, as I know I am not a likely racer, I probably would like all the electronic driving aids in real live, for most of the time. Can’t see myself racing the rather narrow levee of the IJssel river without it really, with all the cyclists, etc. Again: of course you don’t buy cars like that for comfort, and there is a thrill from feeling the road etc. no doubt, but at the end of a nice day taking the car out, tired and sated, I wouldn’t mind cruising home without feeling them, I’d think.