Brundle & Coulthard To Commentate In 2011 For BBC

The BBC has confirmed that ex-F1 drivers Martin Brundle and David Coulthard will be their commentators in 2011.

Brundle, who replaces Jonathan Legard, will be BBC Sport’s lead F1 commentator with Coulthard as his co-commentator.

Ben Gallop, BBC’s head of F1, said: “We’re always looking for ways to take our F1 coverage to another level – and for 2011 we have an exciting new combination in the commentary box.

“We’re keen to make the most of Martin Brundle’s wealth of broadcasting experience and his popularity with the audience by giving him the role of lead commentator and putting him alongside David Coulthard, one of the biggest names in British motorsport and a skilled race analyst.

“We want to tap into their combined on-track expertise – together they will provide our viewers with more immediate discussion, analysis and debate as the action happens.

“The results of screen tests have been very impressive and we are convinced this combination will deliver a fantastic commentary for our audience for what promises to be a thrilling 2011 season.”

“I’m absolutely delighted and very motivated that BBC Sport has asked me to become the lead Formula 1 commentator alongside David Coulthard,” Brundle commented.

“We have been friends, rivals and colleagues for 18 years and combined we have driven more than 400 F1 grands prix and attended more than 700. I’ve never felt more passionate about F1 and I can’t wait to get started.”

Coulthard added, “I’m very excited to be joining forces with Martin in this new role of co-commentator. F1 is all about challenging yourself and this will be a big challenge for me, but one that I am looking forward to.

“There is a great team on the BBC F1 show and we’re looking forward to the year ahead and to bringing something new to our loyal viewers.”