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Ted Kravitz joins BBC F1 team - The best thing from the ITV coverage makes the transition

Published by Mr. C

A few moments ago, Alex broke the news we've been hoping to hear since the BBC were awarded F1 rights at the beginning of this year. Ted Kravitz is retaining his job as pitlane reporter.

As expected David Coulthard has also been confirmed as a pundit, along with former team boss Eddie Jordan. Jake Humphrey will anchor the show, while Jonathan Legard lines up alongside the recently confirmed Martin Brundle as commentator. Lee McKenzie replaces Louise Goodman in the pits.

Yesterday afternoon we put the "Ted News!" jingle to rest, having pretty much given up any hope that the man would be on our screens next year, but the beeb have picked the right man for the job and we could not be happier for him.

The rest of the line up looks to pretty strong too, Niall Sloane, head of F1 at the BBC said:

We have put a fantastic team together and are delighted to be able to offer a comprehensive and engaging Formula One experience.

He's not wrong there. Lee McKenzie did an okay job during her trial in Brazil this year, but in all honesty it was a better debut than Holly Samos' first race in a similar position not too long ago, and we wouldn't be without her on a race weekend now. Coulthard lacks experience at this level, but he's a straight talker, and likely to be able to get both himself and Brundle behind the wheel of modern F1 machinery on a regular basis.

Martin appears to be the man in the box seat. He's been doing his job for years, he's driven cars for Eddie, he manages DC and he's worked closely with Ted. The BBC appear to have built everything around him.

We know little of Jake or Jonathan but we heard good things from people who do. Next year's UK coverage is going to be awesome isn't it?