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F1 Commentators: Meet the Sky Sports and Channel 4 teams

F1 Commentators: Meet the Sky Sports and Channel 4 teams

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F1 Commentators: Meet the Sky Sports and Channel 4 teams

F1 Commentators: Meet the Sky Sports and Channel 4 teams

Sky Sports remains the home of the 2021 Formula 1 season after securing exclusive rights in a deal struck with former owner Bernie Ecclestone.

Only the British Grand Prix will be shown live on free-to-air TV this year, on Channel 4, with highlights available for the remainder of the races.

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 remaining races they do not hold live rights for in 2021.

Sky Sports: F1 Commentary Team

Simon Lazenby

Sky's ever-reliable host since the station purchased F1 rights in 2012. An experienced and assured figure, Lazenby has become the host most synonymous with the broadcast and has worked alongside every presenter since Sky took over the rights.

David Croft

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.

'Crofty' may not be on the same level of Murray Walker in terms of iconic deliveries, but his longevity in the commentary box has meant that he is a much-beloved and integral part of the coverage.

Martin Brundle

Martin Brundle has 158 grand prix starts under his belt as a driver, having raced for the likes of Benetton and McLaren among other in his F1 career, but he has found greater success 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 and these often is involved in interviewing the three drivers that at on the podium post-race.

Ted Kravitz

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.

Happily he has had his contract renewed and now Ted's Notebook, which airs after the race, is seen as the TV bookend to the weekend's action.

Johnny Herbert

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.

Damon Hill

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.

He hasn't been as involved this season as in previous years but whenever the European leg of the circuit comes around, Hill's opinions are there to be heard.

Anthony Davidson

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.

His involvement is becoming more renowned during the race broadcasts themselves where he provides additional analysis to the core commentary team, usually consisting of Croft and Brundle.

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.

Di Resta provided the full racing coverage notably in Azerbaijan and Sky clearly see him as a potential long-term replacement to Brundle in the commentary position.

Nico Rosberg

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.

Jenson Button

World champion in 2009, Button made his punditry debut at the 2018 British Grand Prix and has featured part-time in Sky's 2019 output.

Rachel Brookes

Hosts The F1 Show alongside Herbert and regularly found interviewing drivers in the paddock before and after races.

Craig Slater

Covers F1 for Sky Sport News, also pops up on Sky F1's output interviewing drivers on Thursdays and after sessions on the weekend.

Natalie Pinkham

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: Commentary team

Steve Jones

Has presented numerous shows on Channel 4 and was given the reigns of the F1 coverage when C4 acquired rights in 2016.

David Coulthard

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.

Ben Edwards

Experienced motor racing commentator who has previously led F1 broadcasts for BBC before joining C4 in 2016.

Eddie Jordan

The eccentric former owner of the team that bared his name, Jordan is a sporadic presence on Channel 4's coverage.

Mark Webber

The former Red Bull man has served as a pundit alongside close friend Coulthard.

Billy Monger

Signed to C4's coverage for 2019 and 2020, 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. Monger's role has been stripped back slightly for 2021 and he has been involved in W Series analysis.


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