Formula 1 driver Jenson Button set to join the new Top Gear

2015-07-30 09:39

Los Angeles - Jenson Button could be set to join Chris Evans on Top Gear.

The Formula 1 driver has been tipped to join the BBC Radio 2 DJ on the new presenting line-up of the BBC motoring show after Jeremy Clarkson was sacked earlier this year for punching a producer, resulting in his colleagues Richard Hammond and James May stepping down as co-hosts.

A source told the Daily Mail newspaper: ''An announcement is imminent.''

The 35-year-old star appeared on the popular show as a celebrity guest twice while Clarkson, May and Hammond hosted the show but he could now be set to join the show on a permanent basis.

Neither Button's spokesperson nor the BBC have denied that talks are in place although they've both refused to comment on ''speculation''.

Chris, 49, and Jenson are said to be good friends and the racing driver even appeared on his breakfast show in July 2013.

Meanwhile, he recently hinted that he could be set to retire from the sport in the near future.

He said: "I would be pretty happy if I retired now with my career in terms of achievements."

However, Button is not the only name being linked to a spot on the presenting team.

Jodie Kidd and Suzi Perry are both said to be in the running to become the first female presenter on the show while Guy Martin, Dermot O'Leary and Philip Glenister are also favourites to join Chris on the revamped show.

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