Hamilton got to sit on the Top Gear sofa once again...

Lewis Hamilton has claimed top spot on Top Gear’s lap leaderboard on his second attempt in the show’s Formula 1 Star in a Reasonably-Priced Car segment.

The Mercedes driver beat Sebastian Vettel’s lap record around the BBC show’s famous test track by a full 1.1 seconds.

Piloting the venerable Suzuki Liana reserved for the show’s occasional F1 guests, Hamilton smashed his previous personal best around the circuit by two seconds, with his 1:42.9 eclipsing Vettel’s 2011 benchmark of 1:44.0.

For those of you who haven’t witnessed the brilliance of his hot-lap, you can do so here:

The current F1 leaderboard now reads as follows:

Driver Lap Time Year Track Conditions
1. Lewis Hamilton GBR 1:42.9 2013 Dry
2. Sebastian Vettel DEU 1:44.0 2011 Dry
3. Rubens Barrichello BRA 1:44.3 2010 Dry
4. Ben Collins (The Stig 2) GBR 1:44.4 Dry
5. Nigel Mansell GBR 1:44.6 2005 Dry
6. Lewis Hamilton GBR 1:44.7 2007 Wet and (apparently) oily
7. Jenson Button GBR 1:44.7 2006 Hot
8. Jenson Button GBR 1:44.9 2009 Snowing
9. Perry McCarthy (The Stig 1) GBR 1:46.0   Dry
10. Kimi Räikkönen FIN 1:46.1 2012 Very wet
11. Damon Hill GBR 1:46.3 2005 Dry
12. Mark Webber AUS 1:47.1 2005 Extremely wet
13. Michael Schumacher DEU DNF 2009 Dry

Astute fans are already suggesting that Hamilton should enjoy this moment in the sun, as it could be one of the few points in 2013 where he actually runs quicker than Vettel…

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.