Legard out as Brundle and Coulthard take over BBC F1 commentary



It's all change at the BBC as Jonathan Legard has been unceremoniously kicked out of the F1 commentary box to make way for Martin Brundle and David Coulthard.

Brundle takes over as lead commentator while Coulthard moves up from the pitlane as co-commentator but what now for Legard? Well, he's left with some good humour if his comment on Twitter is anything to go by.
"Life moves on. Ask Nick Heidfeld or @narainracing. You never know what's next. To the critical and the complimentary, thanks for the company", Legard tweeted shortly after the BBC made their announcement.

We can't help but think that Legard has been a tad unlucky here. For years, he did a stirling job as F1 commentator on BBC 5 Live and he was touted as Murray Walker's replacement until ITV gave that gig to the much-maligned James Allen. Unperturbed, Legard soldiered on and was justly rewarded when the F1 contract returned to the BBC.

With just two seasons under his belt, Legard has enjoyed only a short stint at the helm but in these days of sports broadcasting when ex-pros are de rigueur - just think of the cosy Match of the Day cabal - then perhaps his days were always numbered.

Meanwhile, Brundle, who has commented on 231 grands prix since retiring from F1 in 1996 said he was "absolutely delighted and very motivated" while Coulthard added: 'This will be a big challenge for me, but one I am looking forward to. There is a great team on the BBC F1 show and we're looking forward to the year ahead and bring something new to our loyal viewers."

And he won't have to put up with Eddie Jordan any more.
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