F1 » Pre-season boost as Hamilton beats Vettel

Lewis Hamilton returned to the Top Gear track with just one aim in mind.... beating Sebastian Vettel!

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February 18, 2013 11:40 AM
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i might have a laugh at lulu and his antics, but there is no way the laps were fixed. however, there are numerous reasons why times could be different, possibly the main one being that vettel was uncomfortable in a rhd car, and said so. and dont forget, lulu has done at least twice as many laps as vettel.

the only fair way to assess the results, is for all the drivers to be present on the same day, have their practice laps and then compete......oh wait....dont they do that every second week through the summer anyway, and who comes out top..................????

well at least lulu has beaten seb ONCE,


February 18, 2013 11:53 AM

Maybe another factor is that Lewis was out there with the determined aim of regaining some credibility, whereas for Seb it was just a matter of having fun. It is just a TV show after all, but you would think Lewis had regained the mantle as world champion given some of the comments.

Martin (not Whitmarsh) - Unregistered

February 18, 2013 12:57 PM

Ha ha, Vettel got spanked! Just like he got spanked over and over again in in Euro F3 in 2005.

Anyone who thinks that Vettel is anything like in the same class as Hamilton and Alonso needs their head forcibly removed from their ass and examined by a qualified professional.

Vettel's lines through the corners are visibly not as accurate, he is a poor overtaker unless he has a massive car advantage on a track that makes it easy with plenty of long straights into slow corners.

Vettel is a very marketable 2nd tier driver in a 1st tier car. Put Alonso or Hamilton in that Red Bull and you wouldn't see which ay they went. Vettel in last year's Ferrari or McLaren? He would have been out of contention for the WDC by half distance. Simples.


February 18, 2013 1:10 PM

taz. that poster is obviously not whitmarsh! despite his failings, even whtmarsh would talk a hell of a lot more sense!

re computers. why does this site cause me to lose letters etc? i have to keep amending what i write. is it the site or my computer?

tomcol - Unregistered

February 18, 2013 2:10 PM

No big deal. Vettel will come back next time and take it away from Hamilton - just like he has done in the last 3 years or so despite Hamiltons inaccurate remark about Vettel having the best car. Hamilton has had the best car for the last 5 years and still hasnt done anything with it.

Luke - Unregistered

February 18, 2013 2:13 PM

Richard your smarter then that, F1 isn't a spec series, the closest thing we have seen to these two guys in the same car is on top gear anyway, just remember Vettel only just beat Alonso in a far Superior car, Hamilton beat Alonso in his rookie season, you want stats, Theres some stats!

Martin (not Whitmarsh) - Unregistered

February 18, 2013 2:56 PM


Quite a bit. What would you like to know?

I don't understand why people are in the least bit surprised about the margin of victory. Lewis was only 0.7 sec slower on a wet and oily track than Vettel. In ideal conditions and given his previous knowledge of the track he was always going to batter Vettel's time but on the day he produced an awesome lap, Sennaesque, and obliterated it.

The pecking order looks about right to me. Hamilton in a completely different post code to Vettel who is only marginally better than a Barrichello.

Hamilton on a completely different planet to Jenson "No grip" Button who is never ever going to be suited to a challenge of delivering one banzai lap on cold tyres on a dirty track. His strength is consistent race pace not outright speed.

I hope Alonso gets an invite soon. He could definitely challenge Lewis' time. I'd expect him to be a couple of clicks slower but again in a totally different timezone to Vettel, who only seems to be highly rated by tho

Martin (not Whitmarsh) - Unregistered

February 18, 2013 3:02 PM


I hope Alonso gets an invite soon. He could definitely challenge Lewis' time. I'd predict him to match Lewis' time or just be maybe a couple of clicks slower at most but again in a totally different timezone to Vettel, who only seems to be highly rated by those who are either highly partisan (Horner, Helmet Marko, Newey) or fanboys who know next to nothing about F1.


February 18, 2013 3:04 PM

mr whitmarsh, aka pole position?. are you for real? there is no way that you can compare two times set in different years, on different days etc. this is not a big issue, but there are too many variables to have a direct comparison. it was all a bit of fun, thats all!

did you see lulu trying his hand at ralycross? couldnt evn regain control of a spinning car and even went across the finish line, on the grass!

take t for what it is, a bit FUN!

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