Fleetwood Mac said to be “quite pleased, actually”

Thursday, March 20, 2008 by

Formula 1 is moving back to the BBC, although it seems nobody has managed to uncover why ITV are dropping it midway through their contract or, indeed, F1 are dropping ITV. The timing is a bit odd, given that Britain has, in Lewis Hamilton, a driver capable of winning the world title for the first time in a decade.

The question is, who’s going to present it? Steve Rider left the BBC in a huff to front ITV’s coverage, so it’s unlikely he’ll be welcomed back. Media Guardian ridiculously claims that “Gabby Logan, Gary Lineker and John Inverdale are all being touted,” but it’s unlikely to be any of those three, and it’s definitely not going to be Gary Lineker.

My first thought on hearing the news this morning was that Richard Hammond should get the gig. For one thing, Bernie Ecclestone would surely approve of someone even shorter than him doing the job.

I’d also like to see James May doing the grid walk (“Kimi, a word? Oh cock”) but that’s possibly less likely.

It also remains to be seen who’ll be commentating, but despite everyone on the BBC Sport Editors blog blindly imploring them to “get Murray Walker back” it’s not going to happen. He’s 85!


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