Sky Sports have today revealed the on-air team that will present their Formula 1 coverage next season.
As was widely expected, 5Live commentator David Croft will join forces with Martin Brundle in the commentary box for qualifying session and the races, whilst Anthony Davidson also makes the transition from radio to television to join Croft for the practice sessions.
Natalie Pinkham, the 5Live pit-lane reporter, and Ted Kravitz, the BBC television pit reporter, will join forces in the pit-lane for Sky. Kravitz will also co-present a regular magazine show on the new F1 HD channel with Georgie Thompson.
Simon Lazenby, already a regular on Sky Sports, will host the main coverage, and Sky have also recruited former ITV F1 host Steve Rider to conduct ‘big interviews’ with drivers both past and present.
“In Martin Brundle we have the outstanding F1 broadcaster – on the track and in broadcasting, he’s proved it time and again,” said Sky Sports Executive Producer Martin Turner, commenting on the broadcasters announcement today.
“Working alongside him, David Croft is a passionate, experienced commentator and Anthony Davidson can bring great technical knowledge to live practice sessions.”
“Ted Kravitz has huge knowledge of the pitlane and paddock and he and Natalie Pinkham will get the information and access our viewers need,” added Turner.
“And guiding us through the coverage we have the experience of Simon Lazenby and Georgie Thompson. Each has hosted major sports events, from the British Lions to the Ryder Cup – they have trust and respect.”
The BBC, who will show 10 races live next season, and highlights of the remaining events, are yet to finalise details of their coverage next season. Jake Humphrey, David Coulthard, Eddie Jordan and Lee McKenzie have all confirmed that they will be staying with the channel but, after today’s announcement from Sky, it is apparent that there will be plenty of positions to fill for both their television and radio coverage.