Both David Coulthard and the BBC F1 team are not yet confirming reports that the veteran ex-F1 driver will be joining Martin Brundle in the commentary box in a full-time role, in spite of recent speculation that the 39-year-old Scot will replace the out-of-favour Jonathan Legard.
Coulthard has worked for the last two seasons as a trackside pundit alongside Eddie Jordan for the network’s live F1 coverage, but is yet to get traction in the popularity stakes among much of the network’s core TV audience.
Brundle – formerly Coulthard’s manager – is believed to hold significant influence among the corridors of the BBC and apparently pushed for Legard to be shown the door in place of ‘DC’.
When asked about his prospects of a shift in role into the commentary box, Coulthard told The Sun newspaper: “I’ve had talks about what I could be doing within the show. They are finalising things.”
The BBC is remaining tight-lipped on any rumours, with a spokesperson saying: “We’re still looking at our line-up.”
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