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|
|4.||Ben Collins (The Stig 2)||1:44.4||Dry|
|6.||Lewis Hamilton||1:44.7||2007||Wet and (apparently) oily|
|9.||Perry McCarthy (The Stig 1)||1:46.0||Dry|
|10.||Kimi Räikkönen||1:46.1||2012||Very wet|
|12.||Mark Webber||1:47.1||2005||Extremely wet|
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…