Despite suggestions – and TV viewer hopes – that Lee McKenzie would get the gig, the BBC has announced that Suzi Perry will front its television F1 broadcasts for the 2013 season.
Perry – a veteran of thirteen year on the MotoGP circuit as a TV journalist – has been appointed to replace former frontman Jake Humphrey, who took
more money up a pay-TV role hosting the British football telecasts.
More recently, Perry has served as the host of Channel 5’s The Gadget Show.
“Motorsport is my life and I have really missed being away from the grid. I am so excited to be joining the BBC,” she said in the network’s official announcement.
“Working alongside such an eminent team and the F1 world is a huge honour and I can’t wait to get started.”
With the BBC continuing its part-time live broadcast regimen of ten live race broadcasts for the 2013 season – which will include the Canadian, British, Belgian and Italian Grands Prix – she will make her maiden appearance at the third round of the championship at Shanghai, the first event where the station will broadcast live.
The BBC will continue with its commentary duo of Ben Edwards and David Coulthard, while our friend Lee McKenzie will continue to report from the pit lane and paddock.
For those of you who are Twitter users, you can follow Perry via her @suziperry handle.
You can read our exclusive interviews with F1’s pre-eminent ‘first ladies’ in the media centre by clicking on the respective links below: