Sky Sports F1’s blonde Bombshell, Georgie Thompson (not Lazenby) has left Sky Sports’ coverage of F1, amid reports that she was tired of playing second fiddle to other members of the team. This is more than a little awkward, as she was third or fourth fiddle… not second.
Whilst being an eye-catching attraction to Sky Sports F1’s (presumably) male dominated audience, it did at times feel that Georgie was a little out of her depth, especially when playing on the over-sized iPad/SkyPad with Anthony Davidson.
There is however nothing wrong with not being up to speed (excuse the pun) with the finer points of F1.
It’s a sport that should be open to all, not just the fanatics. Mr. Jake Humphrey once described himself as “a lucky F1 fan, a normal guy, who had been given this incredible opportunity”, it’s just with Georgie, most of the time, whilst a perfectly adequate presenter, I couldn’t understand why she was there?
To ask questions? To look pretty? To capture Kimi’s attention? To quote one unnamed Badger in the Sett, “she was as pointless at being presenter as Narain (Karthikeyan) was at being a driver”.
Jokes aside, in the long-run, this is probably good news for Sky’s coverage. After all, BBC F1 created an excellent rapport with a smaller group of presenters making F1 fun and a joy to tune into – even when some of the races were terrible. It also means more exposure of the excellent Natalie Pinkham, Anthony Davidson and Ted Kravitz, which should certainly be seen as a positive.
Newspapers are reporting that she is moving to BT Sport to head up its football coverage with aforementioned BBC F1 exile Jake Humphrey. We at Badger will miss seeing F1’s own Essex girl in action every other weekend.
Good luck Georgie.