Author Profile: Vijay Pattni


“In hospital the doctors finally found my brain.” Mika Häkkinen on crashing, F1 and James May

“It really disturbed my career. You never get over an accident like that, you carry it with you for the rest of your life.” Mika Häkkinen, double Formula One world champion and former Mercedes DTM driver, leans back, and lowers his tone. “That’s why I think my career in Formula One wasn’t that long. There […]


Listen to Honda’s 2015 F1 engine

  Five months ago, Honda confirmed what the Formula One fraternity had been waiting for since the 90s: it was returning to F1, and yes, it would partner McLaren. We immediately got gooey-eyed and began recalling Senna, Prost and that MP4/4 that damn near dominated in 1988. Just listen to this for a McLaren/Honda stat […]


Video: Loeb’s goodbye to WRC

Sebastien Loeb has won nine straight WRC titles – that’s nine in a row – so we can forgive him one minor indiscretion in this, his final rally in the WRC. And when we say minor indiscretion, we of course mean spinning off and landing upside down in a ditch. Not very minor, then.


Gallery: roadside at the Rally of France

That’s it. Rallying must wave goodbye to Sebastien Loeb. The Frenchman with the most WRC wins in history (a mere nine in a row) recorded a somewhat ignominious final race against his glittering career – and in his home town, no less – as he watched compatriot Sebastien Ogier take the 2013 driver’s title.


Sébastien Buemi

TG chats to Sébastien Buemi

Sébastien Buemi wasn’t sitting on the toilet when he received the call on 23 December 2008 that he’d be driving for the Toro Rosso Formula One team in 2009. This fact makes Top Gear sad. When one of the biggest moments of his career came through, we sort of thought he might have been attending […]



Vettel charges to dominant Monza victory

There is an old section of the banking at Monza that carries with it the echoes of Formula One’s darker days; ever since the tragic fatality of Wolfgang von Trips in the early 60s, Monza has eschewed the high speed banking because of the danger it carries. Bit of a sombre note to begin with, […]



Top Gear meets Christian Horner. Ricciardo: ‘cheaper than Räikkönen’

It’s only right that the Italian GP is blitzed with the kind of scalding heat only thetifosi can summon in their celebrations. Why? Monza is traditionally the climax of the so-called ‘silly season’, the place where facts go to die and gossip and conjecture become lore.


Vettel at Monza as Vettel snatches pole

There was high Italian drama weaved into the opening salvo of the Monza GP during qualifying, as the expected – and the unexpected – both bore out under the searing 30 degree heat at the Autodrome. The expected? Well, despite Red Bull’s continued line that the Italian GP was never their strong suit, Vettel went […]


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