Speculation is growing in the British media that the BBC could be set to drop Jonathan Legard from its F1 commentary line-up at the end of the season, and that he will reportedly be replaced by Charlie Cox.

Jonathan Legard could be on the outer Legard was brought into the BBC TV line-up when the network resumed broadcasting rights of the sport from ITV, which had used the pairing of Martin Brundle and James Allen.

But the former Radio 5 Live presenter has apparently garnered little support from fans, and despite having the apparent backing from many figures in the network, he does not appear to have the support of one much-needed ally: Brundle himself.

The Daily Mail’s columnist Charles Sale claims that Brundle – a man he described as “the most influential member of the F1 set-up” – has not “gelled” with Legard.

Contrastingly, Brundle – half of the famous former partnership with legendary commentator Murray Walker when ITV held the broadcasting rights – has huge public support due to his direct experience as a former F1 driver, on top of his intellect and dry humour behind the microphone.

Sales writes that “doubts are being expressed by the corporation’s top brass as to whether Legard’s contract will be renewed next season”, and rumours are pointing to the BBC’s current MotoGP commentator Charlie Cox as a possible replacement.

Australian-born Cox achieved success as a British Touring Car Championship privateer and commentator, before moving across to his passion of motorbike racing commentary. Cox also served as the front-host for Top Gear Australia in its first unsuccessful season, and is well-known for his unusual catchphrases and quick turn of phrase.

Brundle has provided no comments to these rumours.

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