Australian F1 champion Daniel Ricciardo has topped the legendary Top Gear leaderboard as the fastest driver in the show’s ‘Star in a Reasonably Priced Car’ challenge.
Until Ricciardo’s win, Britain’s Lewis Hamilton held the fastest speed but in the latest episode, Jeremy Clarkson declared that Ricciardo, who won three Grand Prixs last season, had done better.
“That’s the fastest anybody’s ever gone around our track” said Clarkson (which is what you might have expected him to say in such a circumstance).
Ahead of his attempt at the circuit, Ricciardo said: “We’ll see how we go. I believe Lewis has the crown at the moment, so it would be nice to take at least one title off him.”
He added: ‘It’s been a while since I heard people asking ‘When are you going to go on Top Gear?’, so the time has come. I hope it’s cold so the engine is crisp, but I also hope it’s dry so I can actually have a good crack.”
Reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton had set the benchmark time of 1:42.9 seconds around the airfield layout but Ricciardo recorded a 1:42.2 second lap, seven tenths of a second quicker, which is quite something in motor racing terms.
His time is almost a full second quicker than former Aussie F1 pilot Mark Webber, who lapped the track in 1:43.1secs.