Top Gear’s Sabine Schmitz Dies: Matt LeBlanc Posts Emotional Tribute to Late Co-Star

by Keeli Parkey
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Matt LeBlanc has joined the long list of individuals who have paid tribute to his Top Gear co-star Sabine Schmitz in the wake of her death. Schmitz died on Tuesday (March 16) at the age of 51.

According to, LeBlanc shared his thoughts and feeling about Schmitz on his Instagram account. Along with a picture of him and Schmitz, LeBlanc said: “Taken far too soon. She shined so bright and I will always remember her smile. RIP my friend.”

Fans of “Top Gear” and Sabine Schmitz agreed with Matt LeBlanc. They shared their thoughts in response to his Instagram post. They also shared words of encouragement with him.

“Always is a sad moment when someone special is gone, my condolences to you and her family,” one fan posted.

“Gutted and shocked. Thinking of you all. I hope you and your family are well in these strange times,” read another comment.

According to, Matt LeBlanc worked on seasons 23-26 of “Top Gear” with Schmitz on the BBC. He was first a co-presenter for one season, the became a presenter after Chris Evans left the show. In addition to Schmitz, LeBlanc also worked with Eddie Jordan, Chris Harris, and Rory Reid.

You can watch a sample of Mat LeBlanc’s work on “Top Gear” below.

Top Gear’s Sabine Schmitz Left Legacy Colleagues, Fans Will Always Remember

The life of Sabine Schmitz was cut short due to cancer. She had reportedly been battling the disease since 2017.

Schmitz was also known as “Queen of the Nurburgring.” She was a famous and respected German race car driver. In a report about her death, referred to her as “one of motor racing’s highest-profile female drivers.”

She also established the Frikadelli Racing ream with her husband, Klaus Abbelen. Abbelen is also a race car driver.

According to, Sabine Schmitz was born in western Germany in an area close to the famous Nurburgring circuit. This is a legendary track for motorsports fans.

It was during 1996 that she took the racing world by storm. That year, Schmitz won the 24-hour race. She drove a BMW to victory and became the first woman to win the race. Not to be outdone, she won the race again in 1997.

According to, Sabine Schmitz appeared on “Top Gear” from 2004 until 2020. You can watch her in action on “Top Gear” below.