With the latest Top Gear series coming to an end, fans were happy to see a half-hour tribute to the Queen of the Nurburgring, Sabine Schmitz following the final episode. But this wasn’t a normal episode with Chris Harris, Paddy McGuinness, and Freddie Flintoff, no. The majority of Top Gear presenters ever to work with Sabine returned to the show to air their love for the racing driver, including The Grand Tour trio Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May.
Sabine became famous worldwide after she was featured on an early Top Gear episode where she ripped into Jeremy as she taught him to race on the Nurburgring. This was then followed up the next year when she raced a Ford Transit van around the ‘Ring. This, plus her tremendously successful racing career, pushed her into the limelight, and her happiness and joy for life was prominent.
This tribute emphasised just how much she loved life and loved racing, and these feelings were infectious to anyone who worked with her. There were lovely words from the current and previous presenters, Matt LeBlanc and Rory Reid, and even special guests such as Toto Wolf and his partner.
Fans were quick to air their strong feelings on Sabine and her emotional tribute.
Such a touching tribute from the Top Gear team, old and new, for Sabine Schmitz.
— Alex Harrington (@AlexDoesCars) April 4, 2021
Very fitting tributes & words spoken by past & present #TopGear presenters & her colleagues.
— Popbangcolour (@Popbangcolour) April 4, 2021
— PitstopUK (@uk_pitstop) April 4, 2021
— AFC Rob (@afc_rob) April 4, 2021
— Girl in the Pitlane (@pitlane_girl) April 5, 2021
The tribute will air on terrestrial TV on BBC, Wednesday April 7th, 7:30pm, and is currently able to be viewed on BBC iPlayer.