McNish joins BBC's F1 coverage for 2013
7 March 2013 – Ex-Formula 1 driver Allan McNish has joined the BBC's coverage team for the 2013 campaign. The Scot, who competes for Audi in endurance racing, will serve as an analyst alongside lead Radio 5 live commentor James Allen, while Ben Edwards and David Coulthard retain their partnership for qualifying sessions and races.
On live Grand Prix weekends, featuring practice sessions on BBC Two and BBC HD, the previously confirmed Suzi Perry will front the coverage alongside lead analyst Eddie Jordan. In the pit lane, Tom Clarkson will join Lee McKenzie as a reporter, while the latter hosts Inside F1 on the BBC News Channel.
"Last year saw us rise to the challenge of bringing the action to fans through the mix of live television and highlights, delivering great programmes which were reflected in impressive audience figures," said Ben Gallop, BBC's head of Formula 1. "This year sees new faces, practice on BBC Two & HD on live race weekends and a greater sharing of talent across BBC television, radio and online. With Suzi Perry at the helm, we're aiming to bring even more content, insight and access to audiences throughout the season."
The BBC will show nine of the 20 scheduled races live on BBC One and BBC HD this year, including the British Grand Prix in June and the season finale at Interlagos in November. Extended highlights programmes will be aired for the remaining events.