If you’re a fan of Top Gear and wait for BBC America to broadcast the episodes from two seasons back, stop reading now. If, like the rest of the planet, you watch Top Gear episodes on the internet, in real time (or close to it), then you already know what’s happened: Sebastian Vettel has set the lowest time for a star in a reasonably priced car. Vettel has beaten Rubens Barichello, the previous lap record holder, by 3/10 of a second. Barichello himself had already beaten lap times set by The Stig, Nigel Mansell, Mark Webber and Lewis Hamilton.
Hamilton’s laps were in the wet, so I think a rematch is in order. Hell, I’d pay-per-view a 500 lap match race between Hamilton and Vettel, in identically prepared Kia C’eeds, on the Top Gear test track. Throw in Mark Webber and Jenson Button to keep it real, then tell me where I can sign up to watch. No KERS, no blown diffusers, no variable rear wings (in fact, no downforce at all); just the best drivers in the world lapping in economy cars to determine, once and for all, who’s really fastest.