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.