BBC’s 2009 F1 team: Legard, Brundle, Coulthard, Humphrey and McKenzie

Jonathan Legard, Martin Brundle, David Coulthard, Jake Humphrey & Lee McKenzie

Jonathan Legard, Martin Brundle, David Coulthard, Jake Humphrey & Lee McKenzie

Pitpass claims the BBC has named its 2009 F1 coverage presenters as Jonathan Legard, Martin Brundle, David Coulthard, Jake Humphrey and Lee McKenzie.

Legard has previously commentated for the BBC on Formula 1 on Radio Five Live and has an expert knowledge of the sport. Pairing him with Martin Brundle, who’s won awards for his ‘expert commentator’ role in 12 years with ITV, is an excellent decision.

David Coulthard, fresh from his retirement this year, is expected to be based in a studio with Jake Humphrey, to front the show.

Pitpass scoffs, “the budget is expected to be even less than ITV is spending – come on, how do you expect them finances garbage like ‘Bonekickers’?” But I think the BBC are sensible to see there is no value in flying their principle presenters around the world, especially on the licence-payers’ coin. Does having Steve Ryder and Mark Blundell struggling to make themselves heard in the pit lane add anything to the ITV show? No.

Humphrey’s background covers a range of sports including football, American football, cricket and athletics, with a high-profile slot in the BBC’s coverage of the recent Beijing Olympic games. As none of these sports involve four wheels and an engine I have no idea if he’s any good or not so please do tell me. According to this interview done while he worked on Childrens’ BBC if he had a million pounds he’d spend it on crisps.

Lee McKenzie has been fronting Sky Sports’ A1 Grand Prix coverage and is the daughter of Bob McKenzie, the Daily Express journalist. (He who famously promised to run a lap of Silverstone naked if McLaren won a race in 2004.) She is expected to work as a pit lane reporter, a role currently filled by Louise Goodman and Ted Kravitz. McKenzie won Jim Clark Memorial Award for people involved in motor sport.

Of the current ITV team only Martin Brundle will joining the BBC’s coverage, and not James Allen, Steve Ryder, Mark Blundell, Ted Kravitz or Louise Goodman. When ITV took over F1 from the BBC in 1997 it kept only Murray Walker and brought in an otherwise all-new team.

ITV won a BAFTA for its coverage of the Canadian Grand Prix last year, despite the fact so many fans had complained about them cutting the post-race discussion short ITV had to issue an apology.


Jake Humphrey biography (BBC press office)

Lee McKenzie official website
BBC Radio Five Live Presenters – Jonathan Legard

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106 comments on BBC’s 2009 F1 team: Legard, Brundle, Coulthard, Humphrey and McKenzie

  1. very good news all round,

    i have to strongly disagree though, the studio format is complete rubbish, i quite like seeing rider outside the pits i think it adds to the occaision,plus not having coulthard there is a mistake surely, how will he be able to interview massa for example,

    i say no to thr studio idea, what does evryone else think?

  2. I think the new line-up looks great. I have no idea who Legard and Humphrey are so I’m hoping they’re alright. I’ve always like Brundle and therefore am happy that he’s still gonna be there. I think DC would be a great commentator as he’s very dry and it will be nice to have the perspective from a modern-day F1 driver. I don’t know who that Lee McKenzie is but if that photo is anything to go by, she looks hot, and that’s always a plus.

    I’ll be glad to see the back of the mighty sycophants Allen and Rider but I’ll actually miss Blundell’s terrible grammar and I enjoyed listening to what he has to say. I’ve never had anything against Kravitz or Goodman but at the same time never felt that they brought anything interesting to the show.

  3. Glad to see that Martin Brundle is being kept on. His input and opinion is vital. I also hope that the BBC keep his grid-walk slot too.
    Only time will tell whether this new team are any good. To be honest they can’t do much worse!

  4. @Gareth – Well Brundle’s gridwalk is one of my sore points. Its sad to see Brundle being shooed away by teams and drivers. And its surprising that ITV had official contract with FOM. On the other hand Peter Windsor, who is Trackside reporter for SpeedTV, is treated well on his grid walk, nobody shoos him away. That maybe because he is part of FOM and conducts the post quali and post race conferences.

    Anyways Enjoy this classic repartee by Brundle -
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9VdSCQ0gbk

  5. I live in greece and I would like very much to know if there will be online coverage of the races (practice,qualifying,race) and if someone who doesn’t live in England could watch them through the internet like ITV F1 player

  6. soooperpigdog said on 29th September 2008, 16:02

    Keith, regarding Brundle, if the ‘deals not done yet’, then why did YOU start this thread???? If I want made up stories, i’ll buy the Sun…

  7. Scott Joslin said on 29th September 2008, 16:09

    Snooperigdog – I think you will see on the very first two letters of the first paragraph that Keith is reporting another site has claimed to know the BBC line up, not this site and lets also be fair, as soon as Keith know he posted a link to news that Brundles deal is not yet done.

    I think that is fair an balanced!

  8. schumi the greatest said on 29th September 2008, 16:27

    at least the bbc are trying to get brundle. what bugs me about the itv coverage is the lack of coverage for the drivers, the only one they interview is lewis hamilton, it does annoy you after the 30th race in a row. Im a hamilton fan but it does my head in so you can imagine what it does to the hamilton-haters.

    keeping brundle is the key, he explains the very technical stuff about driving an f1 car in simple english. His analogies are great and witty. James allen had to go he is a complete berk, mark blundell doesnt seem to say anything intresting he just narrates the replay itv just showed you 20 seconds ago.

    Who actually presents the show doesnt really bother me id rather the bbc spend the time beofre the race for features on drivers, teams etc and maybe abit brief preview of the race.

    My main concern however is how much time the bbc will give f1 before and after the race, thats one thing where itv got it right. An hour build up and half hour or so after the race (most of the time) if anyone has any intrest in football will no doubt have watched a few games on the bbc and other than the fa cup final every game has 15 minutes build up to it and 15 minutes after the game before switchiong over for the eastenders omnibus.

  9. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 29th September 2008, 16:46

    soooperpigdog – As Scott said, I couldn’t have made it more clear that this is what another site is reporting – look at the first two words of the article.

  10. Did Jake Humphrey specify what kind of crisps he’d spend a million pounds on? Because if they were Walkers then surely he’s in the wrong sport.

    Poor joke.

  11. Ted Cravitz couldve been kept, he was actually half decent. What would be we’d not be missing (all sic) is Blundles blundellisms. i give you 2 classics

    “The people who worry me is BAR. I don’t think they can withstand what they did last year with getting that great Championship position.”

    and

    “I think you gotta take all the ingredients what went into the move.”

    Trouble is it wasnt funny, we want insight we got Blundell!

    Great new team potentially and shes defo fitter than Mumsy Goodman.

    Having said that itv as a whole raised the bar and james allen isnt that bad, he is an enthusiast its just hes on the geeky side “ggggoooooooooooooooo” as he himself geeked many a time.

  12. S Hughes said on 29th September 2008, 17:15

    schumi the greatest, you don’t sound like an LH fan to me. I look forward to the weekly LH interview – highlight of the weekend! They didn’t do it this weekend (anyone notice?) probably down to the probable hate mail. I learnt that he was contracted to do an exclusive interview with the ITV team before every GP and is thus fulfilling that contract. Little did he or the ITV team know how loathed he is by British TV viewers(until now I suppose) and how his every appearance prompts howls of outrage and anger, so I guess ITV are attempting to ignore the current BRITISH World Champion F1 leader to please the vocal and vociferous Hamilton-haters. Oh well, I forward wind my tape past the droning smug Button and watch the famous and cringe-makingly amusing grid walk and then the race.

    I swear the only thing that will make F1 fans happy is if LH is TOTALLY ignored, like he’s not there at all. Pah!

    I do find it amazing that British commentators are allowed, nay encouraged, to drone on endlessly about Andy Murray, or the English football team, or the British Olympians in an extremely biased way, but when it comes to Lewis, that patriotic bias is just not tolerated. I do wonder why…

  13. hughes. hes a marmite man is why. black with a yellow top just for starters.

    btw- i am a huge Lewis fan, and Alonso… and the above comment is meant as a light heartedly

  14. We all discussed this when it was first announced by the BBC. At the time we said Brundle and DC would make a good pairing. And the ‘chain gang’ brought back. I reckon the BBC have a spy watching Keith’s site!!

  15. Just a follow on from S Hughes, I’m a big fan of both young sportsmen, Lewis Hamilton and Andy Murray. I just don’t understand why so many British people want to slag them both off all the time. They are both British, one a Scot the other an Englishman and they are taking the sports world apart at the moment. I’m looking forward to see how well they’ll do next year. Lewis, I hope will win the DWC this year, but being an Olympic year he won’t win the BBC’s personality of the year award. Then when Murray wins Wimbledon next year he can go into a head for head with Lewis who will lift his second title.
    Ah, we can dream.

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