Brundle joined by Croft and Davidson at Sky

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Sebastian Vettel, Martin Brundle, Suzuka, 2011

Sebastian Vettel, Martin Brundle, Suzuka, 2011

David Croft and Martin Brundle will share commentary duties during Sky’s Formula 1 coverage in 2012.

Anthony Davidson will follow Croft from BBC Radio 5 Live to the satellite broadcaster and remain alongside his co-commentator in practice sessions next year.

Natalie Pinkham and Ted Kravitz will also move across from the BBC to Sky’s F1 coverage team.

The Grand Prix weekends will be hosted by Simon Lazenby and Kravitz will participate in an F1 magazine show hosted by Georgie Thompson.

Former ITV F1 host Steve Rider will also appear in the coverage, to “stage a series of big interviews with racing legends of the past and present for Sky Sports”.

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240 comments on Brundle joined by Croft and Davidson at Sky

  1. west (@west) said on 7th December 2011, 17:34

    Sky got it right, brundle and crofty, just one name missing [ DC] bring it on boys.

  2. west (@west) said on 7th December 2011, 17:35

    Sky got it right, brundle and crofty, just one name missing [ DC] bring it on sky.

  3. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 7th December 2011, 17:41

    Further to this, Eurosport have confirmed they’ll show GP3 and Porsche Supercup in the UK next year, but not GP2:

    http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/groups/gp3/forum/topic/eurosport-to-show-gp3-in-the-uk-in-2011/

    • GT_Racer said on 7th December 2011, 19:41

      GP3/Porsche Supercup are on a different contract.

      GP2 was brought exclusively by EuroSport UK after Setanta went under in 2009, GP3/Porsche Supercup were brought by EuroSport for European distribution & I think there is still a year left on that deal.

      Even with that deal in place Sky could still show GP2/GP3 & Porsche Supercup alongside the EuroSport deal. Sky Deutschland show GP2/Porsche Supercup despite the EuroSport deal (For GP3) & Sky Italia used to show all supports live despite EuroSport & RAI also having contracts to show GP2.

    • AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 7th December 2011, 23:44

      Thanks @keithcollantine As long as Eurosport actually show it instead of just sticking the tennis on i’ll be happy.

    • Homer said on 8th December 2011, 13:01

      Martin Haven confirmed on twitter that sky wanted gp2, so eurosport couldnt renew their gp2 rights.

      https://twitter.com/#!/MartinHaven/status/144679342067294209

  4. west (@west) said on 7th December 2011, 17:41

    Ant and Dec for bbcf1 commentators thats fun lol.

  5. The Limit said on 7th December 2011, 17:50

    If I still lived in England I would get a satelite dish just to watch Pinkman! Oh what a hotty!

  6. Younger Hamii (@younger-hamii) said on 7th December 2011, 18:30

    Sky is & always will be the Devil of all TV Broadcasters but im glad they’ve got a very good team in shape & determined to do the same job if not better than they did on BBC.

    All sympathy & heart goes out to the BBC F1 Team,About 50% of their great team sold themselves to the ‘devil’ & honestly i dont know how they’re going to cope on the Commentary side of things,especially 5 Live.Ahh i can see 5 Live being terrible.Well at least Jake,DC & EJ is still there.

  7. dirgegirl (@dirgegirl) said on 7th December 2011, 18:42

    The Sky lineup looks great. I really like Simon Lazenby on Sky’s rugby union coverage, where he’s been more than a match for a pretty curmudgeonly bunch of ex-players for years. Hope he’s not giving up the rugby altogether. Wonder how much he has followed F1 up to now? On the surface it seems like a strange match, but on the other hand this household loves both rugby and F1!

    (As you can see from the above, we already have Sky HD and the sports packages, so I am not going to pretend that the change is a disaster for me personally, although I do think it’s an idiotic and careless move by the BBC considering their great coverage over the past 3 years.)

  8. Bullfrog (@bullfrog) said on 7th December 2011, 19:26

    Why did BBC never put Croft and Brundle together? I wonder if they’ll tread on each other’s toes, particularly after Martin’s year as lead commentator. He can do comedy, but only on his own terms I suspect.

    BBC will miss him badly, no more precious awards for Jake to go on about, and their post-race “forums” will be missing a voice of reason (and may be unwatchable rubbish as a result). And with Ted also lured away, they’ll have a lot of air time to fill with features and reports – so they may go for a commentator who does those as well, such as (heaven forbid) James Allen.

    I bet all these Sky-paying people saying amazing, bring it on will turn over to BBC every time there’s an ad break in the build-up (and then moan about BBC coverage)…

  9. Kazuki (@formula-1) said on 7th December 2011, 19:29

    Having just returned from the Midlands Karting Association Annual Race I would like to pay my respects to the family of Brandon Shaw whos kart span of the track and ended upside down in the tyres. After being taken away in an ambulance he is now in intensive care.

    I don’t known what I think of the Sky line it is really the anchor man but that is what I thought about BBC but I ended up liking it so I don’t know, Crofty + Brundle=Perfection.

  10. maxthecat said on 7th December 2011, 19:31

    Crofty tweeted he would be commentating on all races with Martin Brundle, i’m not sure how that’s going to work tbh, two lead commentators sounds like trouble to me.

  11. PMccarthy_is_a_legend (@pmccarthy_is_a_legend) said on 7th December 2011, 20:07

    I dont think its going to work. Who is the leading commentator then? I dont like this “Crofty” guy, much prefer Brundle. Also dont understand why everyone refers to him as if they were their buddy from the local pub with the Crofty thing. Its annoying! Im not buying Sky anyway, its a rip off. Refuse to pay. Have watched F1 free to air for 25 years, not paying for it now.
    End of rant :)

    • PMccarthy_is_a_legend (@pmccarthy_is_a_legend) said on 7th December 2011, 20:19

      Didn’t I just say that I am not paying for it. What are you, Sky’s marketing manager?
      Besides, £10 a month ain’t cheap. Its £120 a year, which could be spent towards something more productive than lining Sky’s pockets.

    • GT_Racer said on 7th December 2011, 20:19

      Link isn’t correct.

      Sky have already said it won’t be on freeview. There working on a deal for it to appear on Virgin & BT Vision.

      • TheBrav3 said on 7th December 2011, 21:42

        Aren’t the sky sports channels on virgin pay per view though? so you will undoutably have to pay extra even if virgin do get the f1?

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 7th December 2011, 23:57

      No. And I’m sick of having to tell people so. It’s about time they put something on there telling people it isn’t true and never was.

      • manatcna (@manatcna) said on 8th December 2011, 5:07

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  12. maxthecat said on 7th December 2011, 20:22

    Strange, reading into this a bit more it would seems David Croft will be LEAD Commentator and Brundle Co-Commentator, i guess that’s because Brundle will be racing again next year and will probably miss a few races.

  13. paolo (@paolo) said on 7th December 2011, 21:34

    Ok, its all about priorities people. If you smoke, then one less packet aa week pays for it. If you drink, 2 less pints a week pays for it. If you don’t want to give up £1 a day then don’t. But please stop complaining. It’s a choice whether you want it or not.

  14. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 7th December 2011, 23:39

    This seems like a good mix to me. I’m finding it difficult to get too excited, knowing that Sky and Virgin are still thrashing it out. They’ve both thrown their toys out of the pram before.

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