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Legard out, but who is in at BBC?

Following months of speculation, the BBC is to axe the unpopular Jonathan Legard from its F1 commentary team in 2011 - and Crash.net has learned who it is that will replace him...
The BBC is set to confirm that Jonathan Legard will no longer form part of its F1 commentary team next year, and that he is to be replaced alongside Martin Brundle by David Coulthard.

We have learned from a source close to Legard that the former Radio 5 Live man's contract will not be renewed into 2011, following two seasons in the F1 commentary box during which the 49-year-old failed to hit it off with Brundle and committed a number of well-publicised gaffes.

Crash.net understands that Brundle – a favourite both amongst F1 fans and inside the corporation – has successfully persuaded the BBC to replace Legard with his fellow former grand prix ace Coulthard, a driver who triumphed 13 times in the top flight between 1995 and 2003. The Scot will dovetail his new commentating duties with his ongoing punditry role alongside ex-team owner Eddie Jordan and the Beeb's anchorman Jake Humphrey.

Whilst a BBC spokesman told us that 'we're still looking at our line-up for next year's F1 coverage', Crash.net has been reliably informed that Legard's replacement by Coulthard is a done-deal, with the lack of chemistry and personality clash with Brundle a key factor in the decision. MotoGP commentator Charlie Cox had previously been mooted as the most likely candidate to take over the reins.

'DC' ranked seventh out of the 13 choices we proposed to you in our poll back in September as to who should partner Brundle in 2011, with Legard tenth. David Croft was your runaway favourite with 20 per cent of the vote, with current ITV BTCC commentator Ben Edwards second.

Let us know what you think of the move in our comments section by using the link below.




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Diarmuid - Unregistered

December 16, 2010 3:05 PM

FFS, Couldthard? Really? He is not a commentator. He is a analyst. He has no qualifications for this role. Two ex drivers as commentators sounds like a recipe for boredom. You need a commentator and an analyst. It should have been Ben Edwards or David Croft. This will be a disaster. Jesus I hope Schumacher doesnt do anything dodgy next year or he will be slated from here to kingdom come with those two.

Cobalt

December 16, 2010 3:02 PM
Last Edited 1218 days ago

David Croft and Anthony Davidson are great on free practice. Effortless, pleasure to listen to. DC? NO NO NO With DC we would just hear how great and always right RBR is. NO NO NO Please NO DC



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