Channel 4 reveals Formula 1 coverage team

Formula 1’s new UK broadcaster Channel 4 has revealed who will present its coverage of the sport in 2016.

C4, which replaces the BBC as the UK’s free-to-air F1 broadcaster this year, has chosen Steve Jones – best known for presenting The X Factor USA – to front its coverage.

“There are a lot of elements we will be changing,” said Jones. “I am beyond excited to be part of C4’s F1 coverage. I am a huge fan so it really is a dream come true.”

Jones joins the previously confirmed David Coulthard, while Ben Edwards retains the lead commentator he previously held at the BBC alongside the Scotsman.

Ex-HRT and Lotus driver Karun Chandhok has also been named as part of the presenting team, along with former Williams development driver Susie Wolff and nine-time Grand Prix winner Mark Webber.

“I’m very proud to be part of C4 team in F1 this season,” said Wolff. “The start of the F1 season is not far away and we are all raring to go.”

Completing the rotating line-up of pundits are BBC converts Lee MacKenzie and Eddie Jordan – who is also part of the state broadcaster’s revamped Top Gear programme – along with Bruno Senna, Alain Prost, Nicolas Hamilton and veteran commentator Murray Walker.

C4 will show 10 races live in 2016, airing highlights of the remaining 11, having already divided up the season’s grands prix with subscription-only broadcaster Sky Sports.

It has also confirmed it will retain the iconic Fleetwood Mac song The Chain as the opening theme for its coverage.

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