Suzi Perry could be joining Chris Evans as his new female Top Gear co-host after he let her name slip on his BBC Radio 2 breakfast show.

Reeling off a list of incentives for his Children In Need auction prizes, he said: “The first ever Top Gear of the brand new run, you’ll get there the day before. You’ll have your own hot lap with The Stig, and then you’ll be the star in the reasonably priced car…

“We’ll then reveal who was quickest at a dinner that night, hosted by Suzi Perry at my pub, which I forgot about as well. Then you will come to the recording of the first show itself.”

Suzi Perry



Suzi Perry (Ian West/PA)

 

The reason for Suzi’s presence at the pub was left unexplained, but could suggest a link with the revamped Top Gear.

After being chosen to replace presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May in June, Chris said the show would ‘definitely, 100 per cent’ have one or more female presenters.

Formula One racing host Suzi, 45, has previously dismissed rumours that she could join Top Gear.

 

Appearing as a guest on ITV’s This Morning in July, she said: “I’m away 20 weeks a year doing Formula 1. So unless someone has invented 48 hours in a day… it would be pretty tough I think for me to do it.”

She also revealed that years ago she did turn down a Top Gear presenting job, saying: “I just didn’t think that I could do it.”