Following on from the confirmation that – as exclusively predicted right here on Crash.net
– David Coulthard
will step up to join his fellow ex-grand prix ace Martin Brundle in the BBC F1
commentary box this year [see separate story – click here
], the corporation has now revealed that erstwhile team owner Eddie Jordan will similarly benefit from an 'expanded role' in 2011.
For the past two seasons, Coulthard and Jordan have acted as expert pundits alongside anchorman Jake Humphrey. Whilst the former will continue to fulfil this remit as often as possible, the Scot's new commentating commitments mean Jordan will assume additional responsibilities to fill in for the times when 'DC' is otherwise engaged – and as such, he has been promoted to the position of the Beeb's primary F1 analyst.
“It's been a great two years so far and I'm really looking forward to getting back on the circuit,” enthused the ever-colourful Irishman. “The 2011 season looks like it has plenty in-store for us all. The new set-up will give me even more opportunity to get to the heart of the issues in F1 and tell the real stories to the viewers.”
“It's fantastic that Eddie is rejoining the team, and this year in a more expanded role,” added the BBC's
Head of F1, Ben Gallop. “He's such a core character with his outspoken views, unrivalled contacts in the sport and his ability to unearth the stories from the paddock.”
Humphrey and pit-lane reporters Lee McKenzie and Ted Kravitz will all reprise their 2010 duties.