BBC’s Top Gear couldn’t resist a dig at unpopular ITV F1 commentator James Allen as it relaunched its website today:
It’s another indication the BBC will not be carrying over Allen as commentator next year. When ITV took F1 coverage from BBC in 1997 it kept Murray Walker on board until he retired in 2001. Allen took over after Walker alongside Martin Brundle.
There were claims last week that the BBC had picked Jonathan Legard as its commentator for 2009 and will be partnered by Brundle. The rest of the team will feature David Coulthard, Jake Humphrey and Lee McKenzie.
More on the BBC’s 2009 F1 coverage: How will BBC TV cover F1 in 2009?