Following the news of who’s who on Sky’s new F1 HD channel for 2012, here’s the full press release from Sky with more details…

The line-up of commentators, presenters and reporters for Sky Sports F1 HD  – which starts in March 2012 – have a wealth of experience in Formula 1  and live sports broadcasting.

With their depth of knowledge and insight, they will guide viewers through the season on the new dedicated F1 channel. With every race, practice session and qualifying session live and a wealth of F1 programming, the team will help to provide the ultimate F1 experience.

The line-up of talent on Sky Sports F1 HD will be:

·      COMMENTATORS: Martin Brundle has proved himself as a driver and broadcaster over four decades, racing with eight F1TM teams and winning awards. He will be on-air every day of each Grand PrixTM, dividing his time between paddock, pit-lane and commentary box. David Croft, BBC Radio’s F1TM commentator for the last six seasons, will join him for qualifying and races. For practice sessions for the majority of the season, Croft will be joined by former F1TM driver Anthony Davidson.

·      PRESENTERS: Simon Lazenby, a live Sky Sports presenter for twelve years, will host each Grand Prix weekend. Georgie Thompson, host of a range of live sports events and Sky Sports News, will present a new weekly F1TM magazine show. And broadcasting veteran Steve Rider will stage a series of big interviews with racing legends of the past and present.

·       REPORTERS: Ted Kravitz, the F1TM reporter for 10 years with ITV then BBC, will bring news, interviews and insight from the pit lane and paddock.  Ted, who will also co-present the magazine show, will be joined by Natalie Pinkham, formerly BBC Radio’s F1TM reporter. Together, they will gather insights from the most technologically advanced sport in the world.

Sky Sports Executive Producer for Formula 1TM, Martin Turner, said: “We want to take viewers deep inside Formula 1TM and these are the perfect guides. Together they have the technical knowledge, F1TM experience and broadcasting pedigree to bring viewers the best insight into the sport.”

“In Martin Brundle we have the outstanding F1TM broadcaster – on the track and in broadcasting, he’s proved it time and again. Working alongside him, David Croft is a passionate, experienced commentator and Anthony Davidson can bring great technical knowledge to live practice sessions.“ 

“Ted Kravitz has huge knowledge of the pit-lane and paddock and he and Natalie Pinkham will get the information and access our viewers need. And guiding us through the coverage we have the experience of Simon Lazenby and Georgie Thompson. Each has hosted major sports events, from the British Lions to the Ryder Cup – they have trust and respect.”

Sky Sports F1 HD will be the only place to enjoy live coverage of the whole Grand Prix season, including all practice and qualifying sessions and every race in the calendar. It will take Sky customers closer than ever, with more action, analysis and information – on their TV, online and mobile devices.

The dedicated channel will be provided at no extra charge to all Sky TV customers who take both Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 2 or who take Sky’s HD pack of channels.  It will be found at 408 on Sky’s on-screen guide, after a scheduled move of the Sky Sports channels. Sky Sports viewers without the Sky+ HD pack will receive a standard definition version.