Daniel Ricciardo scores top F1 time on Top Gear
If you caught the most recent episode of Top Gear (and apologies for the spoiler if you didn't but were still planning to), you'll have seen Ricciardo lapping the show's test track in the old Suzuki Liana they keep around just for when they have an F1 driver on the show. And Daniel beat them all.
With a time of 1:42.9, he lapped the famous route carved out of the runways at the Dunsfold Aerodrome an impressive 0.7 seconds faster than Lewis Hamilton (who beat him to the championship last season), nearly a second faster than his own predecessor and countryman Mark Webber and a whopping 1.8 seconds faster than his former team-mate Vettel. It's also way beyond what either of the previous Stigs have managed in the same car. (Although it's an apples-to-oranges comparison, for what it's worth only a few stars ever lapped the track faster in a "reasonably priced car," and those were in the faster Kia Cee'd.)
With all those bragging rights under his cap, all that's left for Ricciardo to do now is win the world championship. And while it may yet take a couple of seasons, he's just 25 years old, and we wouldn't be at all surprised if he gets there before he retires.
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