Jenson Button returns to BBC’s Top Gear tonight for the first time since winning the world championship.
And it’s clear from the pictures from the show he faces a ribbing about finishing runner-up in the Sports Personality of the Year awards last week.
He last appeared on the show in 2006. Top Gear fans will remember that racing drivers who appear on the show compete in a special category of the regular “Star in a Reasonably-Priced Car” feature, where they have to drive a Suzuki Liana around the track.
Ahead of his appearance tomorrow Button ranks third overall with a 1’44.7, tied with new McLaren team mate Lewis Hamilton – though Hamilton set his time on a wet track.
Top Gear’s anonymous Stig holds the lap record with a 1’44.4, ahead of Nigel Mansell’s 1’44.6. Michael Schumacher appeared on the show earlier this year dressed as the Stig, but didn’t set a time on the track.
Will Button finally knock the Stig off the top spot? British viewers can tune in at 8pm tomorrow on BBC2 to find out.
Thanks to ryanmack09 for the tip.
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