coverage of F1 continues to coax former drivers out of the woodwork, and arguably the biggest name yet looks set to grace the broadcaster's programming when the world championship crosses the Atlantic.
Having already attracted Martin Brundle and Anthony Davidson
from rival BBC
over the winter, and added both 1996 world champion Damon Hill and three-time grand prix winner Johnny Herbert to its ranks, the British channel confirmed this week that Hill's former team-mate - and successor as world champion - Jacques Villeneuve will join the line-up for his home race in Montreal.
“I had eleven great years in F1 and the 1-2 finish I had with Damon racing for Williams
in my home grand prix is one of my best memories from it," the Canadian commented, "I look forward to sharing my insight as an F1 driver and some of those memories with Sky Sports
also confirmed that Hill would be returning to its team for further races, having been a part of the line-up at the early rounds in Australia, Malaysia and Bahrain, and will be on-hand to offer his insight on the rounds in Spain, Monaco, Britain, Germany, Hungary, Belgium, Italy, Singapore, India, Abu Dhabi, USA and Brazil.
“It's been a fascinating start to season, with four different winners in the four grands prix so far, including a new but very familiar name in Nico Rosberg," Hill noted, "I've also really enjoyed being part of the new Sky Sports
F1 channel. The scale of what they do is breathtaking, and I look forward to seeing how the rest of the season develops as part of the team.”
Herbert, who also spends time as part of the FIA stewards' team, was last week confirmed with Sky
for the races in Spain, Monaco, Canada, Valencia and Britain.