For­mula 1 Dan up for Top Gear chal­lenge

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FOR­MULA 1 driver Daniel Ric­cia­rdo is set to take on some of the all-time rac­ing greats by tack­ling the star in a rea­son­ably priced car chal­lenge on Top Gear.

The Red Bull team mem­ber – who fin­ished third in the 2014 Driv­ers’ World Championship – will hit the show’s track in Sur­rey for the third episode of the se­ries.

Aus­tralian Ric­cia­rdo, 25, will be aim­ing to top the F1 driv­ers’ leader board on the BBC2 pro­gramme, which is cur­rently led by Lewis Hamil­ton with a record time he set two years ago.

Other ma­jor names from the pro­fes­sional driv­ing cir­cuit who have taken the chal­lenge in­clude Da­mon Hill, Rubens Bar­richello, Nigel Mansell and Se­bas­tian Vet­tel.

The pro­gramme has a sep­a­rate leader board for F1 stars, who have all com­peted in a Suzuki Liana, while the celeb con­tes­tants have used a num­ber of dif­fer­ent mod­els.

Ric­cia­rdo, who clocked up three Grand Prix wins last sea­son, will be seen on the show on Fe­bru­ary 8.

The new se­ries of Top Gear kicked off on Sun­day with non-driver Ed Sheeran spin­ning off the track dur­ing his first time at the wheel.

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