has confirmed that former MotoGP presenter Suzi Perry will replace football-bound Jake Humphrey as its F1 figurehead in 2013.
A motorsport enthusiast, Perry fronted the broadcaster's motorcycle racing coverage for 13 years prior to stepping down in 2010, and will join 'expert analysts' David Coulthard
and Eddie Jordan in presenting the terrestrial alternative to Sky Sports
' F1 offering next season.
"We're delighted to welcome Suzi to the team. She'll bring real energy and years of experience to one of the biggest jobs in sports broadcasting, "said the BBC
's head of F1, Ben Gallop. "Her presenting ability coupled with her love and knowledge ofmotorsport make her an excellent addition to our line up.
"I'd also like to take this opportunity to thank Jake Humphrey for his enormous contribution to the coverage over the last four years and we all wish him the best for the future."
Perry, who also presented The Gadget Show
on Channel 5
in the UK, will have ten races to introduce live next season – provided the currently undisclosed event goes ahead in June – after the BBC
revealed its picks.
As well as the traditional British GP coverage, the channel will also show the races from China, Spain, Canada, Belgium, Italy, Japan, India and Brazil in their entirety, with extended highlights covering the remaining ten events. All 20 races will be carried live on BBC Radio 5 Live
or 5 Live Sports Extra
"Motorsport is my life and I've really missed being away from the grid," Perry added. "I am so excited to be joining the BBC
. Working alongside such an eminent team and the F1 world is a huge honour and I can't wait to get started."
26.6m million people watched F1 on the BBC
in 2012, with highs of 6.6million for the live race in Brazil and 4.1 million for the highlights of the Bahrain GP.
Full details of the BBC
presentation line up for 2013 will be confirmed in due course.