Anthony Davidson the current favourite to become Stig Mk3

Nic Cackett

Former British Formula One driver Anthony Davidson and current F1 star Heikki Kovalainen are the bookies favourites to succeed Ben Collins as the Stig.

William Hill and Paddy Power have both opened a book on which professional racing driver will be asked to don the iconic white helmet should Top Gear decide to continue with its anonymous track star.

Damon Hill, Rubens Barrichello, David Coulthard and Nigel Mansell were also given pretty short odds, while the nation's finest wheelmen - Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button - were conspicuous amongst the longshots.