Channel 4’s exciting new presenters for Formula 1 2016 coverage

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Terrestrial television armchair Formula 1 fans are in for a treat with Channel 4 announcing a host of sporting and broadcasting stars to front the upcoming season.

Ex-Formula 1 driver Mark Webber, four-time world champion Alain Prost and commentator legend Murray Walker have joined a twelve-strong on-screen Channel 4 presenting team.

The channel is taking over the free-to-air television rights in a three-year deal from 2016 after the BBC ended its agreement early due to budget issues.

Channel 4’s first recruit, David Coulthard will be joined in the commentary box by Ben Edwards, continuing their partnership following a four-year stint at the Beeb.

Webber and former Williams development driver Susie Wolff will be analysts alongside Coulthard, with ex-BBC commentator Walker and Lewis Hamilton’s brother Nicolas also part of the line-up.

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Wolff said: “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 the role with his Top Gear duties.

Ex-HRT driver Karun Chandhok and Lee McKenzie will be the pitlane reporters while former Williams driver Bruno Senna will attend selected races as a guest pundit.

As for the main presenter, former T4 and X Factor USA host Steve Jones will anchor the coverage, with Coulthard the chief analyst alongside his commentary duties.

“I’m beyond excited to be part of Channel 4’s coverage,” said Jones. “I’m honoured to be working with such a line-up of names.”

It is thought Channel 4 will tweak the typical presentation model by rotating its talent team across the season.

Channel 4 will screen ten Grands Prix live and without advertising breaks per season, with the remainder to be shown as highlights.

So a big group of presenters to front the show. All big motorsport names. Plus the classic Fleetwood Mac ‘The Chain’ will be the signature tune. Bring on Channel 4 presents Formula 1.

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