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Taking it to another level - David Coulthard is confirmed as the BBC's second commentator

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David Coulthard is confirmed as the BBC's second commentator
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David Coulthard is moving on up from his pundit role at the BBC, adding commentary duties to his weekend tasks. The BBC today announced their commentary team for 2011, and it involves less Jonathan Legard and more David Coulthard. Partnered with his longtime friend Martin Brundle, Coulthard is looking forward to the challenge. He will remain as pundit on the build-up coverage as well.

Coulthard has plenty of experience behind him, having raced for fifteen seasons until 2008, and securing 13 Grand Prix victories throughout his career. His last years on track were spent at Red Bull, and he remains good friends with and an ambassador for the team. Whilst that has allowed him access to unprecedented areas of the paddock, it does raise questions for some of his ability to be impartial.

Nevertheless, all involved are geared up for the new year. Brundle says: "We have been friends, rivals and colleagues for 18 years and combined we have driven in more than 400 F1 Grands Prix and attended over 700. I've never felt more passionate about Formula 1 and I can't wait to get started." Head of BBC F1 Ben Gallop adds: "We're always looking for ways to take our F1 coverage to another level."