BBC Unveil 2012 F1 Team

Jake Humphrey will remain as lead presenter. The 33 year old first joined BBC’s F1 coverage in 2009 when they began showing live Formula One races.

Eddie Jordan also remains. The Irish man owned Jordan F1 team until its sale in 2004. He has presented BBC’s Formula One coverage since 2009. He is also well known for very… ‘Different’ shirts on air! Recently, one of his shirts from the 2011 Indian Grand Prix was signed by various drivers and celebs and auctioned off. It raised £120,000 for GOSH.

David Coulthard stays as co-commentator after Martin Brundle’s quick exit to Sky F1. The scot who is BBC’s expert as he is a former driver. The scot drove for Williams after Ayrton Senna’s fatal crash. He then spent nine years at McLaren and left them for rookie team Red Bull where he stayed until he retired at the end of the 2008 season.

Ben Edwards joins the BBC crew as a replacement for Brundle. He will lead the Quali and Race commentary for 2012. Edwards has previously commentated on F1 for Eurosport and the former Digital F1 channel. Edwards had this to say “I’m thrilled to be joining the BBC F1 team. It’s a dream come true to be broadcasting from Grands Prix all over the world with such a prestigious broadcaster”

Gary Anderson the former F1 car designer joins the team as a technical analyst. Andrews spent a total of 13 years as a technical director in Jordan, Stewart and Jaguar. He has also worked for Ireland’s Rte television and radio station.

Lee McKenzie will stay at BBC as a pit lane reporter. She will also do the usual post-race interviewing in the press area.

Meanwhile on the Radio Waves:

James Allen will be taking over from David Croft as Lead Commentator on BBC 5 Live F1. Allen took over as the Lead Commentator on ITV when Murray Walker’s retired at the end of 2001 until 2009 when the BBC took over.

Jennie Gow will be the pit lane reporter for BBC 5 live F1. She has previously worked for 5 Live F1 and in MotoGP for BBC.

The BBC will show the following races in 2012:

  • China – 15 April
  • Spain – 13 May
  • Monaco – 27 May
  • Europe – 24 June
  • Britain – 8 July
  • Belgium – 2 September
  • Singapore – 23 September
  • Korea – 14 October
  • Abu Dhabi – 4 November
  • Brazil – 25 November
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