Well, I suppose it wasn’t entirely unexpected that Chris Evans was going to step down from Top Gear (although uncannily announced the same day as Nigel Farage stepping down from UKIP – maybe they’re swapping jobs? (grin – wink)).
That said, the Top Gear team doesn’t need to hire anybody new to replace Evans. We already have a great line-up. Chris Harris, Rory Reid, Sabine Schmidt and Eddy Jordan. I’ve found Chris Harris to be a very capable, very good presenter out of the 5 remaining presenters (The Stig doesn’t count as a presenter, not unless they give him a laser pointer or a very big stick – and that’s probably asking for trouble). Rory Reid, too, is a very good presenter and his presenting on Extra Gear brings the Top Gear format a fresh and much-needed update (although I do feel, especially now, that Rory’s skills are much more needed in the main programme now that Evans has gone).
So my vote would go to Chris Harris to lead the next series. He’s definitely the best qualified out of the team. Chris is an experienced automotive journalist, just like Jeremy Clarkson, who has many years working in print and TV. So why try to find somebody new to replace Evans?