The New Channel 4 F1 Line Up

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It still seems odd the the F1 will not be on the BBC, even though for the last couple of years it has been half Sky and half Beeb it still seems like somewhat of a tradition that races should appear on the channel. If nothing else, using Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain” as the theme music has been as iconic for F1 fans as Murray Walker’s commentary in the past, and losing that will be very sad. However, the moment the presenting line up that Channel 4 are fielding for the job was announced the FEV team certainly felt better about the whole thing.

The Team

The best way to explain quite how broad the presenting team really is is to list the names;

Murray Walker – Legend

Steve Jones – Presenter

David Coulthard – Racer and Presenter

Ben Edwards – Racer

Mark Webber – Racer

Alain Prost – Racer

Karun Chandok -Racer

Bruno Senna – Racer

Lee McKenzie – Pit Lane Legend

Eddie Jordan – Ex Team Owner and Presenter

Susie Wolff -Racer

The proportion of real racers in the mix is going to be great for the viewer and will deliver massive insights into the drivers mentality and perhaps some of their moves and on track choices. No doubt that level of insight will also mean we get some very honest thoughts about team politics and maybe even team orders. How much Mr Walker will be involved aged 92 is yet to be seen but it will hopefully be enough to ad some nostalgia to proceedings.  Steve Jones is as yet un-proven in motorsport but has always been a decent presenter so lets hope he knows what he is talking about otherwise the likes of Alain Prost and Mark Webber might just makes things a little tricky for him.

Not All The Races

OK, so no matter how good the Channel 4 team may be they still wont show all the races live which is annoying for those people who do not have Sky or wish to pay for the races on pay per view. But they do have 10 of the races and will show the rest as highlights as the BBC did. Channel 4 are also promising to show the live races with no advert breaks which is commendable as the potential revenue must have been tempting.

Looking Ahead

All this change, along with some slightly louder engines, a new team in Haas F1 as well as Renault all add up to make this season look likely to be a good one. If you then chuck into the mix the fact the Rosberg is going to be gunning for the Championships harder than ever, McLaren may just about have a competitive car and Vettel no doubt wants to win and things look even better.

We are all very much looking forward to getting things started in Australia and have been super busy recently making sure not just the F1 grid have their fire extinguishers but all our other customers right across the motorsport world. Soon it will be time to see how the drivers and teams we work with do in the heat of battle!





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