I think the F1 crew will be loath to see Jake go – and while he may have schoolboy looks I think he’s quite professionally “clear headed” if you like, so I think he’s winding himself up for Olympics anchor in 2012. F1 coverage is live and allows him to show his versatility, composure, communications and interpretation skills, and his ability to work with a complex team. Sitting on the sofa for MOTD, by comparison, is a bit of a dead end. So I think he’ll stay for next year, and if he gets the Olympics job in 2012 he’ll take a 50/50 approach to the year – leave a couple of months off in the middle of the F1 season for it and come back for the finale.
Lee is underused by the BBC and I think she’ll do a great job presenting from Japan – like Jake she’s calm, reads situations well, has charm and is clear and precise about what she’s doing.
Ted is on record saying he loves the particular job he has – he’s a nerd at heart and likes digging around with the engineers and the “nuts and bolts” of how the sport runs, rather than the front end talking. Having seen what’s happened with the two main commentators previously, I think he’d be wary of taking the job.
As for Legard – well. Nice bloke, but I’ll be very pleased to see him go. Who replaces him may well, as the press reported recently, come down to who Martin wants to work with. The BBC need to make that a large part of who they choose, I think, as I don’t see Martin wanting to spend another season battling JL for space to talk. Crofty is the obvious choice, but we don’t know what Martin thinks of him.