BBC F1 commentator Martin Brundle is hugely confident that the reshuffling of roles in the commentary box ahead of the 2011 season will pay dividends, despite there being misgivings in certain sections of the sport and its fan base on having two former drivers in the commentary box.
The network confirmed it had released lead commentator Jonathan Legard, promoted Brundle to the role of lead commentator, and promoted David Coulthard into Brundle’s former role.
Despite these apparent concerns that the new role would prove too much for either man, Brundle is confident that he will slot into the new position with ease, and also heaped praise on his new sidekick Coulthard, whom he used to manage in the latter years of the Scot’s F1 career.
“I read somewhere, this ridiculous article, that it (juggling grid walks and commentary) would be an unimaginable strain,” he told the MC during an on-stage appearance at the AUTOSPORT International Motor Show.
“For me, an unimaginable strain is fighting in Afghanistan or bringing up a child in the middle of Africa […] not chatting to a few mates on the grid and then going and watching a sport I love from the TV commentary box. I have the best job in the world,” he added.
And on the subject of Coulthard, he is confident that their combined experience of over 400 Grand Prix starts will be invaluable to the TV audience.
“We know our sport, and we have got to entertain. We have to inform and I know we will be comfortable … I am very good mates with DC and we haven’t seen the best of DC yet by a long way,” he continued.
“DC has got such a knowledge of F1 and such banter to go with it, that I am confident he will have plenty to say about a race. I can do the shouty bits when I have to, and yes it is a different job so I will do it differently – but I won’t pretend I won’t know what I am talking about.”
Brundle couldn’t resist having a pop at his former commentary box stablemate Legard, with whom he endured a fractious relationship in the commentary box during their three years together.
“I won’t give him gormless questions like, ‘oh that right rear tyre looks a bit odd doesn’t it David’,” he said. “We’ll discuss it among ourselves. We will agree, disagree, we will throw to the pit lane and we will tell the story of F1.”
[Original video via AUTOSPORT]