In the world of motoring enthusiasts, Jeremy Clarkson needs no introduction. The former co-host of the iconic motoring show, Top Gear, is renowned for his motoring expertise, sharp wit, and distinctive humor. Recently, a vintage clip from Top Gear has resurfaced on the popular social media platform X, stirring up excitement among Formula 1 enthusiasts and fans of the charismatic presenter.
The clip in question hails from Top Gear Series 20, Episode 3, where Jeremy Clarkson, along with his co-hosts Richard Hammond and James May, embarked on a memorable adventure touring Spain. What made this episode particularly intriguing was their choice of “budget supercars” for the journey – a McLaren 12C Spider, a Ferrari 458 Spider, and an Audi R8 V10 Spyder, in that order.
Their journey led them to Madrid, where serendipity struck in the form of an expansive, abandoned housing project. It was here that Jeremy Clarkson, known for his knack for turning ordinary moments into motoring gold, made an epic prediction that has now captured the attention of Formula 1 enthusiasts worldwide.
During their discussion with Hammond and May, Clarkson passionately articulated his vision for transforming the town into a street circuit, punctuating his argument with his signature line, “How challenging could it possibly be?” In a humorous twist, he proceeded to outline the essential elements for staging a local “Grand Prix,” while May provided his insights on the concept of a “grandstand.” Let’s delve into their animated conversation about the prerequisites for hosting a Grand Prix event:
Clarkson: A few tires, bits of barrier.
May: That’s an excellent grandstand [pointing at the desolate buildings at a distance]. All the residents, if there were any, could sit on those balconies and watch.
Clarkson: Bernie Eccleston [Former F1 CEO] will now be leaning forward in chair going ‘good idea.’ This is the Madrid Grand Prix, coming up!
Clarkson, with his characteristic audacity, proposed that the abandoned housing project could be transformed into an exhilarating street-racing circuit. With unanimous enthusiasm, the trio promptly christened it the “Circuito de Sir Francis Drake.”
The excitement didn’t stop there. They decided to test their driving skills on this makeshift circuit, with Hammond, Clarkson, and May each taking turns to set a lap time. Hammond clocked in at 0:58.5, closely followed by Clarkson with 0:59.1 and May with 1:00.8. As expected, back in the studio, a spirited debate ensued over the winner. Clarkson championed the McLaren MP4, while May staunchly advocated for the Audi R8, backed by an intricately prepared chart. In the end, they all found common ground in their unanimous preference for the Ferrari, declaring it their ultimate choice among the three.
This vintage video, intriguingly titled “Jeremy Clarkson Predicted the Future of F1,” has swiftly gained traction on social media. In just four hours, it garnered an impressive 81.6k views on the F1 Troll page, igniting fervent discussions and speculation about Clarkson’s prophetic words.
In light of the recent rumors circulating about the potential relocation of the Spanish Grand Prix to Madrid in 2026, with a confirmed ten-year contract, Clarkson’s casual prediction from years past takes on a fascinating new dimension. Could the “Circuito de Sir Francis Drake” become a reality in the world of Formula 1? Only time will tell, but Jeremy Clarkson’s knack for foreseeing motoring trends is undeniably intriguing.