World champion Lewis Hamilton is going to have to wait a bit longer to try and beat the record time on the 'Star in a reasonably priced car' feature on BBC's Top Gear programme, after plans to get him out next week were shelved.
Hamilton originally appeared in the programme in November 2007 and narrowly missed out on beating Nigel Mansell's best effort on the Formula 1 drivers' leader board despite his lap taking place on a wet track.
He had been keen to return for a second effort and was originally pencilled in to try and beat the effort next week. However, forecasts of rain have forced Top Gear's producers to postpone the event.
"I'm totally gutted," said Hamilton. "I was really looking forward to getting back out on the track, but Top Gear felt the chance of rain was too great and have rescheduled me for another show. It is a huge shame and completely out of my control.
"I am sorry if any of the fans and viewers were looking forward to it. I am not sure how we will find a date that works with the Top Gear filming schedule that will not be affected by the great British weather, but I will do everything I can to get back there either in the winter filming season or next year.
"I think everyone wants to see a dry lap rather than another wet one, so fingers crossed we can make it happen in the not too distant future."