The new Top Gear team seems to be complete, help as some surprising names are reported to join Chris Evans, thumb in BBC’s attempt to revive the famous show.
BBC have some big shoes to fill after their “superstars” – Clarkson, Hammond, and May – left Top Gear to start a new show for Amazon Prime. The British broadcaster will definitely not hit the same huge ratings as in the show’s heydays, but it will still benefit to some degree from Top Gear’s brand notoriety. The first step was to bring British TV and radio personality Chris Evans as the replacement for the one and only Jeremy Clarkson, a move that was announced back in the summer. Some recent reports from the Telegraph indicate that the new team has been completed, as the German racing driver Sabine Schmitz and motoring journalist Chris Harris are said to have been chosen as co-presenters for the show. They will also be supported by the former Formula One star David Coulthard, according to The Sun. Maybe these names are not as big as people would want for the new series, but they are not quite unknown for the motoring enthusiasts.
Sabine Schmitz is not a stranger for the fans, as she had several appearances on Top Gear. Schmitz is a professional motor racing driver for BMW and Porsche and also known for driving the BMW “Ring taxi” around The Green Hell. According to her own estimates, Schmitz has gone around the track more than 30,000 times, increasing her record with approximately 1,200 per year. Her familiarity with the circuit earned her the nicknames “Queen of the Nurburgring” and “the fastest taxi driver in the world”. She will be joined by a career auto journalist, Chris Harris, who wrote for publications such as Evo and Autocar. He currently has a YouTube series called “Chris Harris on Cars”. While the Telegraph says the team will be a trio, the tabloid the Sun is reporting that ex-Formula One driver David Coulthard will transform the new team into a quartet.