The BBC’s revamped Top Gear, led by veteran presenter Chris Evans, is calling on two relatively unknown names to round out the team. Female racing driver Sabine Schmitz and motoring journalist Chris Harris will join Evans and the previously announced ex-Formula One driver David Coulthard to take the new incarnation of the show forward. A clutch of higher-profile names, including model Jodie Kidd and presenter Zoe Ball, had been speculated upon in the press as front-runners for the coveted posts. Ultimately, however, it appears Evans has been chosen to be the most visible face of the brand for the time being.
Evans is likely to go head-to-head in the new year with his predecessor Jeremy Clarkson’s new show. Amazon signed a hefty check to bring Clarkson — whose contract with the BBC was allowed to expire after he was found guilty of assaulting Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon — and fellow former Top Gear presenters Richard Hammond and James May to the online retailer’s Prime service with their new car-themed show.