Top Gear’s Chris Harris snaps at F1 star for skidding tyres: ‘I’ve gotta drive that!’

Top Gear: Lando Norris performs donuts after completing lap

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The new series of Top Gear began with an intense drag race before the presenters took off to Silverstone to face three Formula 1 drivers in a high-speed lap. Guest driver Lando Norris celebrated his speedy finish on the BBC One motor series by burning some rubber, leaving long-running host Chris Harris fuming. 

Chris shouted over the screech of tires as Lando pulled off a few doughnuts in the McLaren 765LT to celebrate.  

His co-presenters Freddie Flintoff and Paddy McGuinness cheered on the F1 star after hurtling across the finish line. 

However, Chris was less enthusiastic once he realised he would be taking on the lap with potentially damaged cars. 

He yelled over the noise: “What’s he doing?! I’ve gotta drive that!” 

Chris’ co-stars were clearly less concerned as Lando’s tricks elicited cheers from the crowd. 

After his impressive lap, Lando emerged with a cheeky grin and gave a thumbs up to the audience. 

Paddy pressed the F1 star: “Lando, what is it with young lads and doughnuts?

“You can’t resist, can you?” he added, and Lando admitted, “I couldn’t.”

The British-Belgian racer, 22, won the MSA Formula championship in 2015 and has been competing in F1 with McLaren since 2019. 

His racing pedigree didn’t stop Chris from venting his frustrations after the young F1 star couldn’t resist taking the 765LT for a spin. 

Thankfully, the damage to the tyres was negligible and Chris managed to come within a second of Lando’s time. 

After the episode aired, the presenter tweeted: So @LandoNorris did me. Happy to get so close!”

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His tweet prompted several Top Gear fans to send him sympathetic messages in the replies. 

One viewer named Dan offered: “Chris – Just remember you probably (do) weigh more and, more importantly, Lando resorted to knackering the rear tyres before your run…”

User ‘That’s enough now’ said: “Fantastic effort Chris, I honestly didn’t think you would get within 3 secs, love to see you in a F1 car to see what times you could produce.”

And finally, HarrySmith added: “Amazing Chris so close but what an amazing effort to be a second behind.”

Lando was joined by fellow drivers Sebastian Vettel and Antonio Giovinazzi for Sunday’s Top Gear premiere. 

They took command of three track-day cars, including the aforementioned McLaren, the Alfa Romeo Giulia GTAm and the Aston Martin Vantage F1 Edition. 

Chris’s fellow presenter Paddy also led the show’s touching tribute to stunt performer Eddie Kidd, who was paralysed and suffered brain damage following an accident in 1996. 

Top Gear series 31 continues Sundays on BBC One.


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