Brundle to lead BBC F1 commentary

Martin Brundle is set to lead the BBC's television coverage of the 2011 Formula One Championship.

The former F1 driver takes over from Jonathan Legard, who has been replaced after spending two years as lead commentator.

Brundle, who worked as an expert summariser alongside Legard, will now be joined in the commentary box by another former F1 star, David Coulthard.

Brundle said: "I'm absolutely delighted and very motivated that BBC Sport has asked me to become the lead Formula One commentator alongside David Coulthard.

"We have been friends, rivals and colleagues for 18 years and combined we have driven in more than 400 F1 Grands Prix and attended over 700. I've never felt more passionate about Formula One and I can't wait to get started."

Coulthard, who has been doing pre and post race analysis since his retirement in 2008, will continue in the role.

He said: "There is a great team on the BBC F1 show and we're looking forward to the year ahead and to bringing something new to our loyal viewers."

Meanwhile, Legard wrote in a Twitter post: "Life moves on. You never know what's next. To the critical and the complimentary, thanks for the company."

He said he is "investigating various options, home and abroad, in F1 and outside".

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