Jeremy Clarkson returns to Top Gear for Sabine Schmitz tribute – Metro.co.uk

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Jeremy Clarkson returns to Top Gear in emotional tribute to Sabine Schmitz (Picture: BBC)

Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May have all returned to Top Gear to pay tribute to the trailblazing professional motor racing driver, Sabine Schmitz.

Sabine died last month aged 51 after battling cancer since 2017.

The driver, known as Queen of the Nurburging, was a Top Gear regular, often appearing when Jeremy, Richard, and James were at the helm of the series before they left the BBC and joined Amazon Prime Video to launch The Grand Tour.

Six years after their sudden departure from Top Gear, in a special episode dedicated to Sabine, they returned to share memories of the driving ace.

‘When she walked into a room it was as though everything just got a bit brighter and a bit louder,’ said Jeremy. ‘She was turning everything up on your television until it was just (begins to shake) just like that – and that’s what five minutes with Sabine was like.’

‘It’s the breadth of affection for her,’ added James. ‘It was everybody from hard-core Nurburgingers, who respected her enormously, to just households who watched Top Gear and just loved her because she’d turn up and slightly smash the place up and ridicule the rest of us.


Top Gear presenter Sabine Schmitz answers media questions during the launch of the car show at Dunsfold Aerodrome in Surrey, which returns to BBC Two on May 29 at 8pm.
Sabine was a huge favourite on Top Gear (Picture: PA)

‘I think it earned her a huge number of fans.’

Richard smiled as he called Sabine ‘a source of joy’.

‘You watch those films with her in again and just watch her smile,’ he said. ‘Watch her expressions when she was driving right on the ragged edge, even in those moments she was happy to give in to the joy of it.


Sabine Schmitz
Sabine died last month after battling cancer (Picture: Getty – PA)

‘And the great tragedy is I’m sure she had much more of that to share with us.’

The special also features commentary from current Top Gear presenters Freddie Flintoff, Paddy McGuinness and Chris Harris as well as a collection of famous names from the motoring world.

Top Gear: A tribute to Sabine Schmitz airs Wednesday at 7.30pm on BBC One.

 

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