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Wednesday 20 August 2014

Schumacher revealed as Top Gear's Stig

Former Formula One World champion Michael Schumacher

Michael Schumacher revealed himself as Top Gear's mysterious test driver the Stig last night.

The former Formula One world champion took off the Stig's famous white helmet during an interview with presenter Jeremy Clarkson after the studio audience urged him to reveal his true identity.

Clarkson jokingly pretended not to recognise Schumacher and asked him what his name was before he became famous as the Stig, before excitedly shouting to the audience: “It's Michael Schumacher!”

The Stig test drives cars around the Top Gear track in Dunsfold Park, Surrey, and trains each week's guest for their lap for the Star in a Reasonably-Priced Car feature.

His identity has a closely guarded secret although many people have speculated that the famous white overalls and helmet are shared by several drivers.

Silly rumours about the Stig have been used to add to the mystery surrounding the character, who never speaks. In last night's show, Clarkson quizzed Schumacher about some of the rumours, asking: “Are you illegal in 17 US states?”

Schumacher, seven times world F1 champion, replied: “No, it's much exaggerated. It's only nine.”

Clarkson then asked about another rumour: “Some people have told us you only know two facts about ducks and both of them are wrong. Is that true?”

Schumacher replied: “Well obviously they won't fly” and was quickly interrupted by Clarkson who said: “No, they were right, you don't know anything about ducks.”

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