New BBC Top Gear presenter Chris Evans has given his biggest hint yet that he might present the revamped show on his own, rather than replicate the previous team of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May.

Evans has signed a three-year deal with the BBC to present its flagship motoring entertainment show, which possesses a huge global footprint.

The show returns to the screens next May, with 16 episodes planned across two series – four more than the previous incarnation.

“We are going to do things differently, because we have to, we want to,” he told the Press Association. “If there’s three of you [presenting] and you go and make a film together, suddenly you’re doing what they did. Why would you do that?”

When asked specifically about Clarkson, May and Hammond, he replied: “They’re the Three Stooges, they are the Bee Gees, they are that and I’m not, I’m me.

“I’m a solo artist at the moment. I’m on my own. So do I form a band or not?”

The Stig set to stay

Speaking at the International Market of Communications Programmes festival in Cannes, Evans posed for photos with the Top Gear’s so-called 'tame racing driver', The Stig.

He said: “I don’t want to say anything specific, but The Stig is here today. That might be a clue as to whether he’s here tomorrow.”

Gallery: Chris Evans could present Top Gear solo, The Stig set to stay

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