As the silly season among the Formula One drivers slowly wraps up for another year, the commentating team for the new BBC broadcasting squad has held almost similar speculation since the institution was awarded the contract earlier this year. All names under the sun have since been proposed for the job of commentator, but one always stood out among the rest – Martin Brundle. And this evening what we all wanted to hear was finally announced; Brundle will be on the BBC.
A name synonymous with motor racing in the last twenty or so years, Brundle has driven alongside Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello to name just two stars of the sport. His commentating career took off after being dumped by the Jordan team in favour of two young hotshots, Giancarlo Fisichella and Ralf Schumacher for the 12997 season. Since then, Martin’s insights into what it takes to drive a race, what the drivers go through as well as contacts with many teams has enabled the humble viewer to see more of what happens within Formula One, and I for one am very pleased Brundle will continue as a commentator.
Speaking at the Autocar Awards in London this evening, Brundle confirmed his contract with the BBC…
I’m delighted to be able to tell you all that I’ll be joining the BBC next year. I’ve been commentating on F1 for the past dozen years and I briefly considered calling it a day, but in the end I decided to take up the BBC’s offer and I am now very excited about working for them next year. Martin Brundle.
So that’s one question answered. Now what about the rest of the team…?