Sabine Schmitz: Chris Harris remembers his Top Gear colleague
Jeremy Clarkson was among the original and new presenters of Top Gear, as well as other pros who had been inspired by Sabine Schmitz’s success to pay homage to the racing legend. Speaking of the first time he met the German professional racing driver, Jeremy said she had “humiliated” him on the Nurburgring course and “was rude”.
Current BBC auto show presenter Freddie Flintoff has spoken of ‘the first time he saw her on TV’.
He said: ” [It was at the] Nurburgring with Clarkson. It was so good to watch.
An older clip of the first time Sabine was seen on the show was played and Jeremy was seen explaining, “Top Gear’s test track has eight turns. Silverstone – which is a large Grand Prix circuit – has 12 corners. The Nurburgring has 147 turns.
“To help me move around this place, I have a teacher – Sabine Schmitz.”
Jeremy was then seen remembering, “The first time she showed me around the Nurburgring, she just humiliated me and was rude.
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“She was extremely critical of me, hurtful. She had many observations to make about my conduct and none were nice.
Jeremy was then seen in a car with Sabine experiencing the Nurburgring for the first time: “I have no idea where this track is going,” he commented.
Sabine said: “At the moment it’s pretty easy. Okay, and now speed up, speed up, speed up… speed up. It’s not really a corner, ”she replied to Jeremy, whimpering.
“It’s a huge corner!” He exclaimed which made Sabine laugh.
Freddie continued to discuss the moment: “You could see him behind that wheel getting smaller and smaller and smaller and smaller and smaller and smaller.
“It’s my first lap,” Jeremy said in the old clip and Sabine replied: Don’t brake too hard. ”
Watching the video, Jeremy added, “She was extremely critical of me. I mean, hurtful as well.
“Do you know, I’m not proud,” remarked the presenter of the Grand Tour.
“She had many observations to make about my driving,” he continued to recall. “And none of them were nice. “
“Is this the Carousel,” he asked Sabine in the car and on the track. “Yes, now the Carousel is coming,” she replied and made the sign of the cross in front of his forehead and on his chest.
“See you later,” she suggested to Jeremy. “Your driving style is really funny.”
“” Your driving style is really funny. “” Richard Hammond then echoed the clip. “I laughed out loud when I saw that.”
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Top Gear: Sabine Said She Could Beat Jeremy’s Time In A Van
Richard offered a response: “Maybe listen? Maybe she knows more than you do.
The clip then continued with Jeremy asking Sabine, “Do you think I’m going to be able to move? [the race track] in ten minutes? “
“No,” she answered bluntly. And Jeremy joked, “Don’t coat in sugar like that. Tell me clearly.
“You are not 100% talentless, but 80%?” Sabine added. “80% talentless, that’s right,” Jeremy reiterated.
“Nonetheless,” Jeremy continued in his room in front of the camera. “She coached me pretty well, so I kind of did it under ten minutes.
Top Gear: Sabine failed to keep her bet
“Nine minutes, 59 seconds,” he told Sabine with the dashboard clock in his hands to prove it.
She replied, “I’m telling you something, I can do that lap time in a van.” I show you what a really fast lap is.
After Sabine beat Jeremy in the same car on the same track with nine minutes, 12 seconds on the clock.
After that, the challenge was set – could Sabine do the same ride in less than 10 minutes in a van like she bragged to Jeremy?
A year later, Top Gear returns to the Nürburgring, this time the stakes are even higher.
Richard joined Sabine in the van for the challenge and took the opportunity to ask her how many laps she thinks she’s done in her life.
The first time she attempted the track, the clock ticked over their ten-minute cutoff and as a result, she threw Richard out of the vehicle for a second attempt without her weight.
Unfortunately, she failed to keep up her bragging.
Those who watched the tribute episode took to Twitter to pay their respects.
One said, “Nice to see Clarkson, Hammond and May on Top Gear again, even if under sad circumstances. Show the affection they had for Sabine Schmitz for returning to pay tribute to #TopGear. ”
“What a moving tribute to Sabine Schmitz on #TopGear tonight. Such inspiration for all budding racing drivers. His legacy will live on, ”someone rang out.
A third wrote: “Nice tribute to Sabine by the Top Gear team. She was definitely a force to be reckoned with that will not be forgotten. RIP #sabineschmitz #TopGear. ”
“A superb tribute to #sabineschmitz by the #BBC and the #TopGear team, old and new. What an amazing woman, incredibly good at what she’s done, who has lived for a lifetime, who was taken from us far too soon. RIP Sabine, ”one more added.
Top Gear: Sabine was on the show from the very beginning
A statement read: ” Sabine Schmitz (14.5.1969 – 16.3.2021) passed away yesterday (Tuesday) after her courageous battle with cancer.
“She was 51 years old. Klaus Abbelen and all his relatives and friends are deeply saddened by this immeasurable loss.
“The Nürburgring has lost its most famous racing driver,” added the official Nürburgring social media account.
“Sabine Schmitz died far too soon after a long illness. She and her joyful nature will be missed. Rest in peace Sabine!
Sabine revealed that she has been battling cancer since 2017.