F1 Commentators: Meet the Sky Sports and Channel 4 teams
Sky Sports will be the only place to see 95 per cent of the 2019 Formula 1 season after securing exclusive rights in a deal struck with former Formula 1 owner Bernie Ecclestone. Only the British Grand Prix will be shown live on free-to-air TV this year, on Channel 4.
With a rotating cast of faces and personalities, keeping tabs on who is on the screen can be tough.
So here's a rundown of Sky and Channel 4's teams, with C4 also airing highlights from the 20 races they do not hold live rights for in 2019.
Sky Sports' presentation team
Sky's ever-reliable host since the station purchased F1 rights in 2012.
Croft has led commentary of every practice, qualifying and race session since 2012 for F1. He previously commentated on F1 for BBC Radio 5 Live from 2006-2011.
Brundle has 158 grand prix starts under his belt, having raced for the likes of Benetton and McLaren among other in his F1 career, but he has found greater success, it can be argued, as a broadcaster.
Brundle made the 'grid walk' famous after transition to the TV show in 1997 on ITV's coverage of F1. He has moved to the BBC and Sky as the largest rights package has changed hands over the years – displaying his pulling power. Having briefly served as lead commentator for the BBC, Brundle is Croft's right-hand man in qualifying and races.
A regular for British F1 fans on television for almost 20 years, Kravitz has reported from the pit lane for ITV, BBC and now Sky. Rumours that he may not be part of Sky's team in 2019 sparked outrage online and a petition was established to try and keep him on-screen.
A returnee to Sky for 2019. Chandhok competed in 11 grands prix for HRT and Lotus in the early 2010s before turning his hand to broadcasting. Worked for BBC Radio and Sky before joining Channel 4 as pit-lane reporter in 2016. He has returned to Sky for this year as C$ has lost live rights to all but one race.
A popular driver in his 90s heyday and winner of three grands prix, including a memorable triumph in the 1995 British GP. Herbert also won the Le Mans 24 Hours in his career and is a regular part of Sky's pundit squad, mixing analysis with humour.
One of three world champions in Sky's rotation of pundits. Hill's involvement in Sky's coverage has ramped up over the years and he is now present at most races.
Former Super Aguri, BAR and Minardi driver in F1, who also served as a Mercedes test driver, Davidson provides deep technical analysis across race weekends and is occasionally seen in the commentary box during practice sessions.
Paul di Resta
Former Force India driver, and DTM winner, Di Resta combines continued racing commitments with his Sky role, none more memorably than in Hungary 2017, when he had to be pulled from the broadcast to compete in qualifying and the race for Williams as a last-minute replacement for the ill Felipe Massa.
Rosberg battled Lewis Hamilton for several years until he was crowned world champion in 2016 and immediately retired.
When attending F1 races as a pundit, Rosberg generally splits duties between Sky Sports' UK and Italian teams, as well as Germany's RTL.
World champion in 2009, Button made his punditry debut at the 2018 British Grand Prix and has been teased as a regular part of Sky's 2019 output.
Hosts The F1 Show alongside Herbert and regularly found interviewing drivers in the paddock before and after races.
Covers F1 for Sky Sport News, also pops up on Sky F1's output interviewing drivers on Thursdays and after sessions on the weekend.
Formerly of BBC Radio, Pinkham often interviews drivers in the media pen, and in set-piece segments. Also a regular host of the F1 Report.
Channel 4 presentation team
Has presented numerous shows on Channel 4 and was given the reigns of the F1 coverage when C4 acquired rights in 2016.
C4's F1 coverage is produced by the production company founded by the former racer. Coulthard raced in 246 grands prix in a lengthy career which began at Williams in the aftermath of Ayrton Senna's death and featured spells at McLaren and Red Bull. Serves as pundit and co-commentator for C4.
Experienced motor racing commentator who has previously led F1 broadcasts for BBC before joining C4 in 2016.
The eccentric former owner of the team that bared his name, Jordan is a sporadic presence on Channel 4's coverage.
The former Red Bull man has served as a pundit alongside close friend Coulthard.
Signed to C4's coverage for 2019, teenager Monger's recovery from a horrific Formula 4 crash which left him with injuries serious enough to lead doctors to partially amputate both legs has been well-documented. With the likes of Lewis Hamilton taking an interest in his recovery, Monger has become a familiar face in the F1 world, and has stated his goal remains to make it to the highest level of racing one day.
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