Former Honda test driver and Super Aguri racer Anthony Davidson has agreed to join BBC Radio 5 Live’s commentary team for the entirety of the 2009 Formula One season. Davidson was hoping to return to racing this year after the Super Aguri team were disbanded in early 2008. A return to testing – possibly even racing – was apparently on the cards with Honda, but that all fell through when the manufacturer bosses decided to pull that plug as well.
Anthony Davidson is no stranger to the commentary having made guest appearances at the British and European rounds of the championship last year. In 2006, while on testing duties for Honda, Davidson joined James Allen in the commentary box for the Hungarian Grand Prix while regular commentator Martin Brundle was absent. Of course, the 2006 race at the Hungaroring went down in history as Jenson Button’s maiden victory. It was also Honda’s first race victory since returning to the sport, making the event even sweeter for Anthony.
Commentating gives me the chance to explain what it feels like to drive an F1 car to the limit, and to share the inside view on all of the demands that a driver faces over the weekend. Anthony Davidson.
It will be a great shame not to see Anthony driving, and as Formula One hypes the many younger talent coming through the ranks, it seems as though Davidson’s chance to race at the top of the motor-sporting ladder is getting slimmer and slimmer. It will be a pleasure to hear Davidson’s insights into the grand prix, and alongside David Croft, BBC Radio 5 Live have a strong team. It will though, be bitter sweet, as Davidson really should be the one the commentators are talking about, not with.
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