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BBC Top Gear’s Stig Revealed As Michael Schumacher

The popular BBC motoring magazine show Top Gear returned to UK television screen’s this evening with a brand new series, and a promise that the infamous “Stig” character would be revealed.

The Stig, also known as the Tame Racing Driver has been a prominent feature of the show since it returned to television screen’s under the guidance of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and later James May.  The original Stig, former F1 and sportscar driver Perry McCarthy was killed off in a fictitious aircraft carrier accident using the old TG Jaguar after he revealed his identity in his Autobiography.

The new white overalled Stig’s identity has been talked about on the internet for years, with most fans thinking it was either Ben Collins or Damon Hill.  After Hill visisted Top Gear and was photographed with The Stig, Ben Collins was the sure favourite for the role.

However when Stig finally removed the white helmet for the first time it was indeed Michael Schumacher under the lid, the famous 7 time F1 World Champion.  He had a brief, comic interview with Clarkson after hustling a Ferrari FXX supercar around the track in a  1.10 lap time taking it to the top of the powerlap leaderboard over the Gumpert Apollo.

Clarkson jokingly pretended not to recognise the German driver and asked him his name, before shouting to the audience: “It’s Michael Schumacher!”

“As a television moment, it’s up there with Neil Armstrong walking on the… corpse of JR Ewing,” Clarkson claimed in The Sun this morning.

Rumour’s have started that the German isn’t the Stig and was only brought in to drive the FXX, but I think if the show is to be believeable then we have to give Clarkson & Co the benefit of the doubt that The Stig is the greatest racing driver of all time.  What a fitting man to be under the overalls.

Schuey or The Stig?!

Schuey or The Stig?!


16 responses

  1. This is gonna be good. Can’t wait to see what Michael will bring to the table.

    June 22, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    • Everett Morris

      Others are saying it’s Ben Collins…. Makes you think….

      January 9, 2010 at 7:34 pm

  2. The things people will do just to have a laugh with Clarkson, eh?

    June 22, 2009 at 4:09 pm

  3. stanczyk ernwopr@wp.pl

    I’m not sure..
    TG producers dont have such a money to hire Michael..
    on the other hand he could do this almost for nothing, if the fun factor is included (Schumacher is not a showman, but who knows racingdrivers…:)

    June 22, 2009 at 5:07 pm

  4. movies247

    i think it is genuine
    i hope we see more of Schumacher unmasked

    June 22, 2009 at 8:31 pm

  5. Ofcourse MS is not the usual Stig. But it was a great gig and a great idea to do that

    June 22, 2009 at 8:44 pm

  6. This is gonna be good..

    June 22, 2009 at 8:55 pm

  7. It would be a nice thought that Schumacher WAS The Stig, but we just don’t know – all the evidence seems to conflict. Ah well!

    June 22, 2009 at 10:57 pm

  8. Kerry-Sue

    Richard said to James at the end of the show “you knowI think Micheal isn’t the real Stig”

    June 23, 2009 at 12:41 am

  9. Kerry-Sue

    Richard said to James at the end of the show “I don’t think Michael is the real Stig”

    June 23, 2009 at 1:14 am

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  11. Are you people stupid? MS was brought in to drive the ferrari as they wouldn’t let anyone less qualified drive it. Even ‘owners’ pay £1M for the priviledge of a few track days/year, then they hand it back. Top Gear does not have that kind of budget so a Ferrari employee had to drive it for them.
    MS is not the stig – they even made that clear at the end of the show!

    June 23, 2009 at 9:28 am

    • Ben

      Are you stupid freeiphone4me he dosent work for Ferrari you tit head.

      January 26, 2010 at 5:33 pm

      • At the time Stig was revealed, and indeed when this post was made (the day after the revelation) Michael Schumacher was still employed by Scuderia Ferrari and Ferrari S.p.A.

        His move to Mercedes has only happened very recently as you probably know, it has been well documented on this site and even on national television.

        F1Fanatics – Rob

        January 27, 2010 at 5:41 pm

  12. some say that the stig is Schumacher…
    but people say allot about him .
    I’m not sure if he isn’t me.. i think you’ll never know.

    August 10, 2009 at 5:21 pm

  13. I think the Stig is not Shummy

    June 19, 2010 at 7:37 pm

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