Martin Brundle has confirmed that he will jump ship from ITV to the BBC and continue commentating on Formula 1 in 2009.

The former Benetton, McLaren, Ligier and Jordan grand prix star has been an extremely popular fixture of the F1 commentary booth since his retirement from the top flight at the end of 158 races and nine rostrum finishes in 1996, and since then he has claimed the RTS Television Sports Award for Best Sports Pundit on an unprecedented four occasions.

Brundle is appreciated by fans for his witty insights and personable authority on F1, and in 2005 the RTS judging panel described him as 'an outstanding operator at the very peak of his game - with an extraordinary ability to simplify and entertain in an often complex sport. He also exhibited a fearless authority on some of the most sensitive issues.'

To the undoubted delight of F1's many aficionados, Brundle has now revealed that his voice will continue to be heard next year and beyond - even if he does admit to having fleetingly considered calling it quits.

"I'm delighted to be able to tell you all that I'll be joining the BBC next year," F1SA quotes the 49-year-old as having said at the annual Autocar Awards.

"I've been commentating on Formula 1 for the past dozen years and I briefly considered calling it a day, but in the end I decided to take up the BBC's offer and I am now very excited about working for them next year."

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