July 13, 2010
What those who aren't particularly familiar with the show don't know is that, occasionally, they manage to score real racers for a lap around the track, known as "F1 Stars in a Reasonably Priced Car." Such luminaries as Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, Nigel Mansell, Mark Webber and Damon Hill have turned laps, with all coming behind The Stig's 1:44.4.
Last night, they snagged Rubens Barrichello.
It's remarkable how not tall Barrichello is, particularly standing next to 6'5" Jeremy Clarkson. He's very small. I knew that F1 drivers are usually short, but it's still a shock every time one sees that fact. Anyway, in his day job, he drives a F1 racer, capable of 205mph on the right track, with enough grip to pull 5Gs in the turns or under braking. But what is he driving for this lap?
A Suzuki Liana, the same as every other F1 driver. Rubens' reaction?
He drove the same line that The Stig takes around the track, unlike just about every other F1 driver, who tend to go a lot wider through the turns to keep their speed up.
And what was the result?
A 1:44.3, the fastest F1 driver ever, beating even The Stig itself! For the record, the F1 leaderboard is as follows:
1:44.3 - Rubens Barrichello
1:44.4 - The Stig
1:44.6 - Nigel Mansell
1:44.7 - Lewis Hamilton (considered the best lap of all, as it was set in nasty weather conditions)
1:44.7 - Jenson Button (though the same time as Hamilton's, Button's lap was in good, if hot, conditions)
1:46.3 - Damon Hill
1:47.1 - Mark Webber (very wet conditions)
DNF - Slappy Schumacher
Rubens Barrichello... who'd'a thunk it?
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at July 14, 2010 09:49 AM (/ppBw)
How did Schumi get the DNF? Part of me hopes he made a fool of himself by stuffing the car off the circuit. OTOH, let's hear it for Mansell--almost two decades past his racing prime, and he can still run with the big dogs.
Posted by: Peter the Not-so-Great at July 14, 2010 03:33 PM (c62wM)
Mansell did his run in 2005, so it wasn't exactly recently but still... whoa.
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