First time on the job, I’d give her a good solid 8. A few mistakes, some dear air and mis-timed her talkovers on the VT’s a bit, but overall she coped well, kept things flowing, had a few moments of good charm too. Jake was very good from day 1, but he also had a few “moments” in his first few races too.
The TV problems losing audio and video were interesting – I was on the Red Button, and had to decamp to normal TV to get video back, but the 5 live audio was still on. Then all of a sudden the “main” audio feed came back and it really was jolting. Normally you listen to one or the other, but the difference was just startling – there was just dead silence for minutes at a time. There was no charisma, no cameraderie, no interest, nothing. Martin made a few attempts at something interesting, but it went absolutely nowhere. It was like there was a dead cold sink in the room draining it of all interest. I’m not just saying that as an ardent hater of Legard’s commentary, but the producers can’t be unaware of the massive gulf in quality.