It has been announced this morning that ex-Formula 1 driver Mark Webber, four-time world champion Alain Prost and Murray Walker have joined a 12-strong on-screen Channel 4 presenting team for the upcoming season.
The channel is taking over UK F1 terrestrial television rights in a three-year deal from 2016 after the BBC ended its agreement early.
Ex F1 driver and BBC Commentator David Coulthard will be joined in the commentary box by Ben Edwards, continuing their partnership following a four-year stint at the BBC.
Webber and former Williams development driver Susie Wolff will be analysts alongside Coulthard, with ex-BBC commentator Walker and Lewis Hamilton’s brother Nic also part of the line-up.
In a statement to the media, Wolff stated the following about joining the Channel Four team as follows:-
‘I’m very proud to be part of the Channel 4 team this season. The start of the Formula 1 season is not far away and we’re all raring to go.’
Prost will be part of the team at selected races, as will ex-BBC analyst Eddie Jordan who will combine his Top Gear duties alongside his Channel 4 duties. Ex-HRT driver Karun Chandhok and Lee McKenzie will be the pitlane reporters while ex-Williams driver Bruno Senna will attend selected races as a guest pundit.
Former T4 and X Factor USA host Steve Jones will anchor the coverage, with Coulthard the chief analyst alongside his commentary duties.
It is thought Channel 4 will tweak the typical presentation model by rotating its talent team across the season.
Channel 4 will screen 10 grands prix live and without advertising breaks per season, with the remainder to be shown as highlights.