Pitpass are reporting very early this Monday morning that Martin Brundle and David Coulthard will form a pivotal role in the commentating team for the 2009 BBC Formula One team. The rumours have been flying around the Internet ever since it was announced that ITV gave up their contract and the BBC would regain the sport’s broadcasting rights from 2009 onwards, and David Coulthard has been tipped for a role for a long time, only heightened after his retirement announcement.
It is suggested that the broadcasting team will consist of award-winning ex-Formula One driver Martin Brundle, David Coulthard, Lee McKenzie Jonathan Legard and Jake Humphrey. Lee McKenzie is the daughter of F1 journalist Bob McKenzie and has been working on the A1GP series. Humphrey is a young presenter who has enjoyed time on Match Of The Day and other Football related shows.
Pitpass reckon McKenzie will take over from Ted Kravitz in the pits, while Legard will join Brundle in the commentary box. Perhaps the strangest part of all this is that Coulthard might be based at a London studio with Humphrey. However, as correctly pointed out by Pitpass, Coulthard might be better used in the paddock, getting close to his former rivals and allowing his occasional sense of humour to shine for the camera.
Of course, this news is completely unconfirmed and it is understood that David Coulthard hasn’t signed anything yet, but it does look like a good team. It is about time the presenting team got a shake-up, but the news that Brundle will stay on is definitely good. Bernie Ecclestone recently hinted on a grid-walk that Brundle maybe moving to the BBC (although Bernie was quite cryptic), and the BBC will do well in keeping Coulthard’s manager and former team mate to Michael Schumacher.
One final thought is that David Coulthard is also expected to take up a consultancy role for Red Bull Racing, which in my mind suggested he may be at some of the grands prix. If the Scot is to be based in London then this clearly won’t happen. However, rumour is just rumour, so let’s wait to see what the British institution have to say themselves, hopefully very soon.
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