The Stig, a mystery driver who tests high-performance
cars on Top Gear, has been "revealed" as

Michael Schumacher.

The seven-times Formula 1 champion dressed
as the show's famous driver and
removed his
helmet during an interview with
presenter Jeremy Clarkson.

However, an appalling driving performance by
Schumacher at the end of the show cast doubt
on the "revelation".
Clarkson told viewers:
"I don't think Michael Schumacher is the Stig".

After the show, a BBC spokeswoman would not
confirm whether or not Schumacher was the
genuine Stig, or a stunt to mark the first
episode of a new series of Top Gear.

Perry McCarthy, a former Formula 1 driver,
was the original Stig, wearing black
overalls for his appearances.

He left the show in 2003 - when a "new" Stig,
dressed in white, took over - and later
disclosed his identity in
an autobiography.

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