Why not Hamilton? He's a current F1 driver who many people know, and is known for being a Senna fan. He was probably scheduled to drive the car anyway in preparation for Goodwood and Top Gear just popped along to do some filming.And I will add, I got the impression that Hamilton was acting, by being so excited to drive that older F1 car. Why choose Hamilton anyway? Is he the biggest Senna fan in he sport or something? No, he is a McLaren driver, driving a former McLaren car.
Overrated episode. The first three of the season were better than the last two imo.
I'm completely with you on this, I think this episode was, for the petrol heads among us at least, almost as good as 7x03. Those who speak of the Senna film as "too long and uninteresting" are of no interest to me.Okay, I'll bite.
For me the single greatest episode of all time was and still is - evena fter yesterday - 07x03. The episode when the trio took three supercars to the Millau Bridge. That single episode, for me, is perfection. It had on of the best car reviews they have done, the Ford Focus ST. Not some fancyass million dollar supercar, but an ordinary hot hatchback but the review was made great with Jeremy's enthusiastic commentary, simple yet great camerawork and good music. It was an entertaining car review, something that has gone missing since. The news were hilarious, had actualy automotive news content and the Emmy-award, which gave more lighthearted touch. The guest was wonderful, Belsebub himeself, the transport minister Mr. Ladyman.
All those make uo for a very good, solid Top Gear but the main segment is what really hit it home. The roadtrip with three supercars defines what Top Gear is in my mind- it is three ordinary blokes, talking about cars, bickering and debating, driving fast and most importantly genuinely enjoying it and having fun.
"I need to be made to feel like I'm ten in a supercar. If don't feel like I'm sitting here in short trousers with my mouth open going WOOOOW then it's..failed"
"You can't rationalise supercars like this, you buy them with your heart because you love them. And who can explain love ? All I know is, I love this big Ford more than I love the othes
Brian Eno's "Ending" on the backround, those words, that scenery with the three cars and all three guys smiling, happy....you can see that they do enjoy the moment, they are doing what they love. And that is why I love cars, that is what I feel when I see a Lamborghini driving down a road. I don't think" Yeees, that's a good engine, but slightly unreliable". No, in my own head I feel like a child again. Seeing cars like that, old trains, planes or other things like that make me feel just....happy.
That is what yesterday's TG was. It was the first time in I think since Clarkson's CLK 63 Black-segment and the V12 Vantage since I have actually felt the love of cars. This was a real back to basics approachm they had left all the falling over bits and instead it was all about cars and what makes them awesome. With the Tourage it was that childish joy of toying around, with the Veyron the sheer mindblowing specs and numbers and the Senna-piece really does not need any explanation.
Just like when they went to Millau Bridge, this showed genuine and real feel and emotion towards everything that is automotive. And that is what makes Top Gear great. I know that's only my humble opinion, but as a car nut that is what matters to me the most. Not the falling over, not the written comedy, but the love of cars.
Very correct. They could have made that film into a full episode and it would only have added to the film's quality... although I'm guessing that it was due to cost that they restricted it to the 15 minutes.Those who speak of the Senna film as "too long and uninteresting" are of no interest to me.
I've only remembered twice where I saw Cameron Diaz doing some serious driving, once driving a 360 Modena in Charlie's Angels for about two minutes and this Top Gear episode. Now, if only they got Charlize Theron on this show, she did all the driving herself in The Italian Job, I thought that was pretty cool, perhaps she might be able to post a blistering lapAlso, there are some people doubting the legitimacy of Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz's laps. Lets not forget, they are big names and have done some serious driving in films before and will therefore have had some serious driver training, you don't just forget that kind of stuff. With that kind of experience, teamed with the Stigs tuition, I'm not at all surprised that they posted times as fast as they did.
That is all.
With no disrespect intended.....You mistunderstood me a bit. Overall I loved the episode. Best one this serious.
The two only things that dont make this one of the best top gear ever are Tom Cruise and the Senna part.
I personally dislike, more like hate, Tom Cruise and I really do not care about Senna. For me those were 15 minutes of precious top gear time wasted.
Hamilton is on record as saying Senna was his boyhood idol and no small part of the reason he got into racing. Doubt there was much acting required.And I will add, I got the impression that Hamilton was acting, by being so excited to drive that older F1 car. Why choose Hamilton anyway? Is he the biggest Senna fan in he sport or something? No, he is a McLaren driver, driving a former McLaren car.