The BBC has officially confirmed Jonathan Legard and Martin Brundle as the lead commentators for its F1 coverage in 2009.
Brundle is not the only ex-ITV man joining the team as Ted Kravitz will reprise the role of pit lane commentator alongside Lee McKenzie.
Jake Humphrey will present the studio coverage alongside David Coulthard (who’s just become a father) and former F1 boss Eddie Jordan.
The line-up is exactly the same as that predicted by Pitpass in September, except for the addition of Kravitz. Murray Walker will also be involved in BBC’s online coverage.
I think BBC have made some excellent choices: retaining Brundle was a no-brainer, whatever the FIA had to say about it, and Legard’s proved himself a knowledgeable and enthusiastic F1 commentators in the past.
I’m glad to see Ted Kravitz return too. Lee McKenzie has more than enough motor racing experience (including a handful of rally appearances) to avoid accusations of being a token female presence.
Jake Humphrey is an unknown quantity to me but as far as I’m concerned the live action is the show and I’m not that bothered about the pre-amble. That said, in Coulthard and Jordan he’ll have two pundits who are never short of an opinion.
With that sorted, attention now turns to the technical side of the show. We already expect it all to be available in iPlayer but will we finally get HD coverage? And will we get live footage from all three practice sessions? Watch this space.
More about BBC’s F1 coverage in 2009