Former Top Gear presenter and racing driver Sabine Schmitz dies aged 51
German racing driver and and former Top Gear presenter Sabine Schmitz has sadly died aged 51, after a battle with cancer.
Last year, Schmitz revealed that she had been battling cancer since 2017.
The Nurburgring confirmed the racing driver's death on Twitter.
They said: “The Nurburgring has lost its most famous female racing driver.
"Sabine Schmitz passed away far too early after a long illness. We will miss her and her cheerful nature. Rest in peace Sabine!"
The Nürburgring has lost its most famous female racing driver.
Sabine Schmitz passed away far too early after a long illness. We will miss her and her cheerful nature. Rest in peace Sabine! pic.twitter.com/MFKNNFOSDU
— Nürburgring (@nuerburgring) March 17, 2021
"I would like to provide enlightenment here, I think I owe it to my/our fans!
"Since the end of 2017, I have been fighting an extremely persistent cancer that has not been eliminated with the resources so far. It got a little better - but now it's come back with full force.
"Now I have to draw all the strength and nerve to master the next powerful therapies ... hoping something [good] will happen. So I say goodbye 'probably' for the first time this season."