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.