Y’know who we’ve missed? Oliver – Richard Hammond’s trusty old Opel Kadett who he took through Africa after over a decade of living in Johannesburg. It’s certainly collected a few stories over the years and is now free to continue after Hammond restored it to perfect health.
In this latest video, Hammond brings Oliver to a meet with fellow presenter James May, who has brought his own Ferrari 458 Speciale. They both believe they’ve brought something “a bit special”, so when they pull up at a petrol station and find an unexpected Formula 1 driver right next to them, they employed his help to decide the best car.
Sebastian Vettel, or “that German driving bloke”, as May puts it, listens to both of them make their case as they try to make the Formula 1 world champion warm to their cars. To be honest, Sebastian seems to like them both, regardless of performance.
Hammond pushes the simplicity of Oliver, and the stories behind the car, where May instead pushes the outright performance of his Speciale and the way it makes you feel when you drive it.
Vettel, being employed by Ferrari is obviously a little biased, so chooses the Ferrari as the winner, then jumps in the driver’s seat to take May for a spin. According to May, he’s the only other person who’s ever driven the car – quite a moment then.
An excellent comment sat below the video:
“That’s the fastest James May has ever been inside a Ferrari, yet the slowest Vettel has.”
Couldn’t have put it better myself!