David Coulthard has expressed delight at becoming part of the BBC team which will be covering Formula One Grand Prix races next season.
Coulthard retired from racing this year and will probably regard the 2001 season – when he was runner-up to F1 legend Michael Schumacher in the drivers’ championship – as his best year in the sport.
He will combine his punditry role with carrying out test-driving and consultancy duties for Red Bull, giving him a unique insight into the pressures facing his former colleagues.
Helping him out in the commentary box will be former team boss Eddie Jordan, with old hand Martin Brundle also returning to the BBC.
But sadly there will be no microphone handed to Murray Walker whose slips of the tongue and malapropisms made Grand Prix races compulsive viewing for many Brits.
Some consolation will be drawn from the fact that Walker will take part in Q&A sessions on the Beeb’s website during the season in which Lewis Hamilton will hope to retain his crown.
Written by James Christie