McNish joins BBC F1 team for 2014 season

Allan McNish

Allan McNish

Press Release: Following a very successful debut for the BBC last season, Allan McNish has signed up to the BBC’s F1 team for 2014 as co-commentator for Radio 5 live and expert analyst across TV, radio and online.

Allan will be live from the radio commentary box for 15 of the 19 races and will also feature across the BBC’s F1 output. He’ll be using his extensive experience from across all areas of motorsport to steer audiences through the intricacies of the forthcoming season, which promises to be a fascinating one with all the technical changes ahead.

Eddie Jordan, chief analyst and David Coulthard, co-commentator and expert pundit both return and, after her first season at the helm in 2013, Suzi Perry resumes her duties as TV anchor for 2014.

Ben Edwards once again leads the commentary on TV with Lee McKenzie and Tom Clarkson bringing all the news from the pit lane.

On Radio 5 live James Allen leads the coverage as F1 correspondent and commentator with Jennie Gow as F1 presenter and pit lane reporter.

Ben Gallop, BBC Head of F1 says “The 2014 F1 season picks up pace tomorrow as testing begins and the BBC’s F1 team is ready to deliver another exciting year of coverage. We’re delighted that Allan McNish is on board with the team this year in an expanded role, his experience and expertise is an invaluable addition especially as he joins us straight from a highly successful career on the track. The strength of our presenting line up is something we are very proud of and its great to have them back again for 2014. We’re looking forward to the new season and delivering audiences a great package across TV, radio and online.”

With a highly-successful career spanning karting to F1, including three victories at the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans, Allan McNish is one of the most respected names in the world of motorsport. During 2013 he worked as F1 co-commentator alongside James Allen for Radio 5 live, alongside his driving where he won his third Le Mans 24 Hours and and rounded off the year by winning the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Allan McNish says “Now that I have hung up my racing helmet, I am really looking forward to joining the BBC team again for what I am sure is going to be a fantastic new F1 season. With so many technical rule changes, as well as team and driver movements, there will be lots of things happening on and off track for the BBC team to bring to you”.

BBC One and BBC One HD will show nine races live on TV, including Silverstone, Canada, Monza and Spa, as well as the season finale from Abu Dhabi, with extended highlights programmes of the remaining races. This goes the same for practice and qualifying.

Every grand prix of the season will be live on Radio 5 live or 5 live sports extra with live coverage of practice and qualifying. Plus all the action, news, reviews via the BBC Sport App and the BBC Sport Website, with Andrew Benson as Chief F1 writer.

Full details of the BBC’s 2014 season coverage will be announced in due course.

BBC Radio 5 live’s Formula 1 coverage is produced by USP Content.

Subbed by AJN.

  • LotusFan

    McNish talks too much and might be suited for radio but not TV. Found him to be very annoying during the FPs last year. BBC dumped Gary Anderson and signed this guy. Crazy stuff…

  • F1 Fan For A Long Time

    How Ben Edwards keeps his job is beyond me. Completely unprofessional. David Coulthard must be embarrassed for Ben, as he starts to squeal like a baby when 2 cars come within 6 feet of each other.
    I choose to watch Sky coverage, although Crofty likes the sound of his own voice a little too much, it is compensated well by Brundle. Kravitz has developed a way of making dull races a little comical with his pit lane humour, and Natalie is lovely.
    Suzi makes too many mistakes.
    As for why the BBC don’t put James Allen back into the commentary box is beyond me. He had the impossible task of replacing Murray Walker and handled it very well on ITV.

  • Dona

    I was hoping Suzi Perry was out.

  • WestMclarenMercedes

    I wish james allison was back in box commentary. Loved his enthusiasm when it came to race starts.