11/03/2016 13:14 GMT

'Top Gear': David Coulthard Explains Absence From Presenting Line-Up

The new 'Top Gear' team consists of, frankly, about a hundred people. Here's why David's not one of them.

David Coulthard has spoken out about why he was notably absent from the new ‘Top Gear’ presenting line-up.

The Formula One presenter was initially one of the names widely tipped to be joining Chris Evans on the upcoming ‘Top Gear’ reboot, following the departure of Jeremy Clarkson and his merry men, after the infamous “fracas” that cost him his job.

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David Coulthard

However, when the new ‘Top Gear’ team was announced last month, he was nowhere to be seen (which was strange, given that the seven-strong team consists of anyone who’s ever expressed interest in - or has even been in - a car at some point or another).

He’s now explained why he ended up not taking the presenting job, explaining to Alan Carr on ‘Chatty Man’: “I was being lined up for it because Formula One used to be on the BBC, before Channel 4 pulled a blinder.

"I love Formula One. I love car racing so I just couldn't not be part of this new opportunity."

Since the news broke that Formula One coverage had made the jump from the BBC to Channel 4, David has revealed that he is moving with it, on a presenting team which also includes Ben Edwards and new F1 recruit, Steve Jones.

The seven new 'Top Gear' presenters, who were definitely all present and correct when this photo was taken and how dare you suggest otherwise

‘Top Gear’, meanwhile, is due to return to our screens in May, with former ‘Friends’ actor - and ‘Star In A Reasonably Priced Car’ champion - Matt LeBlanc joining Chris Evans as a head presenter.

The team also consists of YouTuber Chris Harris, racing driver Sabine Schmitz and, frankly, about a hundred others.

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