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Jenson Button takes on Top Gear challenge

Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button
Jenson Button is to follow in Lewis Hamilton's footsteps

Formula One champion Jenson Button has followed in Lewis Hamilton's footsteps by taking part in Top Gear's challenge of racing a reasonably priced car.

Viewers will be able to watch Button's lap on Sunday's show at 2000 GMT on BBC Two and compare his time against the mark set by his new McLaren team-mate Hamilton.

Hamilton got behind the wheel of a Suzuki Liana and took on the mark of Top Gear's resident driver The Stig in 2007.

The 24-year-old's lap was 0.3 seconds behind The Stig's blistering best of one minute 44.4 seconds and also behind former F1 world champion Nigel Mansell.


But Hamilton's lap came in wet conditions, unlike the other two and in this week's show, viewers will see that the conditions are again sleety and slippery for Button.

Of his experience of driving the Liana, Button said: "I felt so nervous...I've learned so much coming here. I was more scared driving that than an F1 car."

On the show, Button reveals how he deliberately risked everything in this year's title-clinching Brazilian Grand Prix by using a daring overtaking manoeuvre to scare off other drivers.

"I did actually do that on purpose a little bit....a little bit of oversteer makes the guy nervous that you're getting close," said Button.

An astonished host Jeremy Clarkson asks: "But what if it had all gone wrong?"

Watch Top Gear on Sunday 20 December on BBC Two at 2000 GMT


Lewis Hamilton on Top Gear

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see also
Button gears up for Hamilton test
14 Dec 09 |  Sports Personality
Brilliant Button clinches title
18 Oct 09 |  Formula 1
Hamilton takes Top Gear challenge
02 Dec 07 |  Motorsport

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