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C4 unveils presenting line-up for Formula 1 coverage

C4 unveils presenting line-up for Formula 1 coverage
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Staff Reporter
08 March 2016

Channel 4 has unveiled its presenting team for its Formula One coverage.

The line-up includes drivers David Coulthard, Mark Webber, Alain Prost, Alex Zanardi, Susie Wolff, Karun Chandhok, Eddie Jordan and Bruno Senna; alongside live presenters and journalists Steve Jones, Ben Edwards and Lee McKenzie.

The presenting line up was unveiled at a press launch at Channel 4 today, where two Formula 1 cars were on stage inside the building.

The event was designed to underline the channel’s commitment to the sport, which creative director Jay Hunt described as a “sexy, young and cutting edge sport” which is strong fit for Channel 4’s audience. The diversity of the line-up was also a big focus at the launch, and is something that C4 plans to stress in its coverage.

C4 struck a surprise three year deal in December to air live coverage of ten Grands Prix – without advertising breaks during the main races – including practice and qualifying sessions each season.

Channel 4 will also broadcast highlights of all 21 races, including those broadcast by Sky Sports.

Coulthard will be the lead analyst and commentator and will front Channel 4’s coverage at every Grand Prix of the season alongside Steve Jones.
 
Coulthard will be joined for Channel 4’s live races by Webber, whose career spans 12 seasons and nine Grand Prix wins, and Scottish racing driver Susie Wolff, who was until recently a Williams F1 test driver and in 2014 became the first woman in over 20 years to take part in a Grand Prix weekend.
 
Formula Asia Championship winner and former GP2 Series driver Karun Chandhok takes the role of Technical Analyst and will grill team bosses and engineers and commentate from the pit lane; with former BBC F1 team member Lee McKenzie as a reporter. Race commentary alongside Coulthard will be led by former-BBC and Eurosport team member, Ben Edwards.
 
Other contributors include four-times F1 World Champion, Alain Prost; former racing driver, team boss and BBC analyst, Eddie Jordan; former F1, World Touring Car driver and gold-medal winning Paralympian Alex Zanardi; British Touring Car driver Nic Hamilton; and FIA Endurance Championship race driver and nephew of Ayrton Senna, Bruno Senna.
 
Additionally, veteran F1 commentator Murray Walker will interviews some of the stars of the sport. 
 
To launch its F1 coverage, Channel 4 will broadcast a special programme with motorbike racer and lorry mechanic, Guy Martin and David Coulthard as they go head-to-head, pitting Guy’s Tyco BMW Superbike against David’s V8 Red Bull racing car in a test of speed at Silverstone. This one-off programme produced by North One Television will be broadcast on Thursday 17th March at 9pm ahead of the first race weekend.
 
Coverage will begin across the weekend of 18th-20th March with build-up and highlights coverage of the 2016 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix weekend. The channel’s first live race will be the 2016 Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix broadcast over the weekend of 1st-3rd April.
 
Channel 4’s F1 coverage will be produced by independent sports production company, Whisper Films – set up by former BBC Sport F1 producer, Sunil Patel, David Coulthard, and presenter Jake Humphrey. 
 
Bespoke titles for each race weekend will be created by VFX company, Framestore.   
 
 

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