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BBC poised to reveal commentary line-up as Legard confirms exit

The BBC is understood to be on the verge of officially unveiling its 2011 commentary line-up, after Jonathan Legard confirmed his departure via Twitter
The BBC is set to formally announce its F1 2011 commentary line-up, after Jonathan Legard confirmed that he will no longer form a part of the team this year.

As we exclusively revealed last month [see separate story – click here], Legard – whose style grated amongst some fans – has been edged out of the exit door by co-commentator Martin Brundle, with the former McLaren, Ligier and Benetton ace understood to exert a significant degree of influence at Broadcasting House.

A lack of chemistry with Brundle is widely believed to have been the cause of Legard's demise – and the 49-year-old has now acknowledged that his two-year contract has not been renewed.

“Life moves on,” he wrote on Twitter. “Ask Nick Heidfeld or Narain Karthikeyan. You never know what's next. To the critical and the complimentary, thanks for the company.”

Regarding his future, Legard revealed that he was 'investigating various options, home and abroad, in F1 and outside' – whilst the BBC is expected to officially appoint 13-time grand prix-winner David Coulthard as his replacement in the commentary box.

There, in addition to reprising his punditry duties alongside Eddie Jordan and Jake Humphrey where possible, the Scot will slot in next to his former manager and close friend Brundle – who for his part intends to continue his popular grid walk.

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James Montgomery

January 11, 2011 12:44 PM

@ Oli, you will need the pillows anyway as Bahrain is a snooze-fest :P Not quite sure though... Brundle has got very excited with matters in the past and was much better than say... Jonathan Palmer... however that is where I see DC ending up.. he suits his role fine but fear that this new line-up, while we will be informed with millions of facts from race to race... may lack the energy all around... just about the only good thing about Legard was his enthusiasum... shame he talked about as much sense as a drunk. If I was incharge of BBC, Brundle stay in his current role, either bring Ben Edwards or David Croft to replace Legard! Or... John Watson? He wasn't afraid to speak his mind without a mono-tone!

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