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Brundle: DC and I can get the job done

The Scot acknowledged that whilst he and Brundle need to relay their technical expertise of the sport to inform die-hard motor racing fans and keep the coverage exciting, dynamic and cutting-edge, with such a broad audience, they also need to simplify matters and 'dumb down' on occasion to cater to the casual Sunday afternoon viewer as well and make F1 accessible and comprehensible to all. That is a viewpoint that is shared by BBC F1 anchorman Jake Humphrey, who reckons that the new challenge is just what 'DC' needs to really shine.

“I think what's interesting is that Martin had done Martin's job for 14 years, and naturally was probably thinking 'I need a change',” he mused. “I think it's good for the audience to hear a different voice as well, because it's easy to almost become staid without even knowing it.

“David has done a couple of years now of being with Eddie [Jordan] and I in the pit-lane, and the one thing he gets really frustrated about after we come off-air, he'll always say to me, 'God, I just had so much more that I wanted to say' – and now he's got two or two-and-a-half hours every [race] weekend to share his stories and his knowledge.

“Equally, I think Eddie has now got an opportunity as the primary analyst for us to say, 'right, this is it now, come out with some absolute gems', because a quarter-of-an-hour before the race when DC goes to the commentary box, or in-between the qualifying sessions or after the grand prix, that's Eddie's time, and he has to deliver.

“The pressure is on all three of those guys, and I'm looking forward to seeing how it goes. I think it's exciting; as an F1 fan, which is what I am more than an F1 presenter almost, I look at it and I think, bloody hell, we've got two guys with 700 races between them in terms of how many they've been to, sitting in the commentary box and talking us through the racing – spot-on.”

One criticism that has been levelled at the new Brundle/Coulthard line-up is that for the first time in Britain's coverage of F1, there will be no trained journalist in the commentary box in the mould of a Legard, a James Allen or a Murray Walker, who made the role his own. Not a problem, insists BBC Radio 5 Live's Anthony Davidson.

“I think Martin is experienced enough now to tackle this new challenge, and I think he's going to be really good at it,” opined the former Super Aguri ace. “DC obviously, still as a current driver himself in the DTM, can see it from the driver's point-of-view and with his contacts in F1, it gives him a lot more insight into what the drivers are going through out there.

“I think it should be a good duo between the two of them, and it will make for some interesting points-of-view when you have a situation on-circuit as well, because you'll have two drivers from perhaps two sides of the story arguing both cases very strongly. That should give the audience a good 50/50 split for the argument, obviously on a pally level as well – there won't be any conflict as such. I think it'll work really well.”

Davidson is quick to stress that he was never a serious candidate to join Brundle as co-commentator since he is not ready to curtail his racing sufficiently to devote himself full-time to it yet – and as he prepares himself for another season on the radio alongside David Croft, he hints at more big-name stand-ins for when he is unavailable, in the wake of Karun Chandhok's very well-received addition to the 5 Live team last year.

“As it is at the moment, I'm missing quite a few [F1] races this year already because of my racing commitments with Peugeot,” the sportscar star explained. “That's something we're a bit more flexible with on the radio side, and it was a similar situation last year as well. It's quite good in a way for the radio to spice things up a bit by getting other drivers into the commentary box, like Friday drivers who have driven on-track.

by Russell Atkins

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Give them a chance! - Unregistered

February 18, 2011 12:14 PM

People really dont believe in giving them a chance before writing them off, do they? In nearly every article about this commentary pairing, there is a mention of screen tests and chemistry. The BBC have obviously tried them out and are happy with the results, surely we should hear them in action before criticising them.

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