Former ‘Top Gear’ Host & Female Race Car Driver Sabine Schmitz Dead At 51



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“The Nürburgring has lost its most famous female racing driver,” the official account of the Nürburgring racing team tweeted. “Sabine Schmitz passed away far too early after a long illness. We will miss her and her cheerful nature. Rest in peace Sabine!” 

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“Very sad to hear that Sabine Schmitz (1969-2021) has passed away. The ‘Queen of Nordschleife’ was a crowd favorite due to her open, humorous way,” the official Porsche motorsport account tweeted. “The two-time @24hNBR winner was an icon at the wheel of the #Frikadelli #Porsche. Our sympathy goes to her family and friends.” 

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This Sunday’s episode of will be dedicated to the late Schmitz. The show’s executive producer Clare Pizey issued a statement. “Sabine was a beloved member of the Top Gear family and presenting team since 2016, having first appeared on the show in 2004, and everyone who had the pleasure of working with her on the team is in shock at this news,” she said, according to Deadline

Pizey continued: “Sabine radiated positivity, always wore her cheeky smile no matter how hard things got — and was a force of nature for women drivers in the motoring world. Like everyone else who knew her, we will truly miss her — Sabine really was one of a kind. Our thoughts are with her partner Klaus, who was always by her side and who we welcomed to Dunsfold many times, and her family in Germany.” 

Scroll through the gallery below to see people’s tributes about the late driver. 

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