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Poll: Who should be the main BBC F1 commentator? (369 member(s) have cast votes)

Who should be the main BBC F1 commentator?

  1. Jonathan Legard (37 votes [10.03%])

    Percentage of vote: 10.03%

  2. Martin Brundle (with new colour commentator) (63 votes [17.07%])

    Percentage of vote: 17.07%

  3. David Croft (72 votes [19.51%])

    Percentage of vote: 19.51%

  4. Charlie Cox (10 votes [2.71%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.71%

  5. Ben Edwards (87 votes [23.58%])

    Percentage of vote: 23.58%

  6. Martin Haven (6 votes [1.63%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.63%

  7. Toby Moody (9 votes [2.44%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.44%

  8. Ted Kravitz (6 votes [1.63%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.63%

  9. James Allen (65 votes [17.62%])

    Percentage of vote: 17.62%

  10. Other (14 votes [3.79%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.79%

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#151 GD66

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Posted 16 September 2010 - 09:24

"He's got the magnets on (WTF does that MEAN????) and you could throw a blanket over them" :rolleyes:




....."back to the stripe...." :rolleyes:


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#152 The July Plot

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Posted 16 September 2010 - 09:58

Charlie Cox is a bad idea...he will have more haters then even Legard has had! For me I voted James Allen, strip away the ITV editorial and he was a great commentator!

#153 Kucki

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Posted 16 September 2010 - 10:59

BEN EDWARDS won the Poll :D Fans have spoken. Come on BBC!!

Edited by Kucki, 16 September 2010 - 11:00.


#154 GF1991

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Posted 16 September 2010 - 11:01

Hello all, fascinating subject so I thought I would contribute.

I'm afraid I'll go against the majority on here and say I honestly don't have a problem with Legard at all. OK, he rambles and "charges" and "goes up hill's" but I don't find that irritating.

Truth is if Legard is replaced by, say Charlie Cox for argument's sake, he will be moaned about at the same level because it's the Internet. Forums will still be full of people complaining about the commentary because that what forums are for. There aren't many forum's made to congratulate people, only to criticise. I also think people underestimate how difficult commentary is. I've tried with the sound down and I either run out of breath or go into ultrasonic, which upsets the dog next door.
Murray made it sound so effortless, but Allen and Legard clearly A) don't have his experience and B) don't have his skill. There will never be another Murray Walker and I think people need to accept that. Yes, there is better than Legard (Ben Edwards for example) and, in my view, there is worse (Carlton Kirby), but we can't always have the best all of the time. The discussions I've read through (Digital Spy, BBC and here) show there isn't one popular consensus (probably with the exception of Ben Edwards) so the Forum moaning will still continue.

Whatever you think of Legard, just take a minute to think about Martin Brundle in all of this. If the Daily Mail is accurate (stranger things have happened) what gives him the right to dictate to his bosses who to employee/sack? If that's true, my opinion of him has just shot through the floor. He's the ex-driver invited by the BBC. Legard is the commentator employed by the BBC. Brundle doesn't have a right to throw his substantial weight around. Yes he has to stand there with Legard but even still, he is a professional. Get on with it Martin instead of backstabbing. If Legard wasn't aware of Brundle's opinion before, the commentary in Singapore is going to be veryfrosty indeed.

Thanks all for reading through my first rambling post.

#155 Crafty

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Posted 16 September 2010 - 11:47

Hello all, fascinating subject so I thought I would contribute.

I'm afraid I'll go against the majority on here and say I honestly don't have a problem with Legard at all. OK, he rambles and "charges" and "goes up hill's" but I don't find that irritating.

Truth is if Legard is replaced by, say Charlie Cox for argument's sake, he will be moaned about at the same level because it's the Internet. Forums will still be full of people complaining about the commentary because that what forums are for. There aren't many forum's made to congratulate people, only to criticise. I also think people underestimate how difficult commentary is. I've tried with the sound down and I either run out of breath or go into ultrasonic, which upsets the dog next door.
Murray made it sound so effortless, but Allen and Legard clearly A) don't have his experience and B) don't have his skill. There will never be another Murray Walker and I think people need to accept that. Yes, there is better than Legard (Ben Edwards for example) and, in my view, there is worse (Carlton Kirby), but we can't always have the best all of the time. The discussions I've read through (Digital Spy, BBC and here) show there isn't one popular consensus (probably with the exception of Ben Edwards) so the Forum moaning will still continue.

Whatever you think of Legard, just take a minute to think about Martin Brundle in all of this. If the Daily Mail is accurate (stranger things have happened) what gives him the right to dictate to his bosses who to employee/sack? If that's true, my opinion of him has just shot through the floor. He's the ex-driver invited by the BBC. Legard is the commentator employed by the BBC. Brundle doesn't have a right to throw his substantial weight around. Yes he has to stand there with Legard but even still, he is a professional. Get on with it Martin instead of backstabbing. If Legard wasn't aware of Brundle's opinion before, the commentary in Singapore is going to be veryfrosty indeed.

Thanks all for reading through my first rambling post.


Do some reading, the problem with Legard is not the mistakes - its the fact hes got absolutely no knowledge of the sport, or how to read a race. Whats worse is he has no desire to learn - he keeps out of the Forum because "its a place for the experts" - he doesn't want to learn.
Last weekend he was still getting excited about purple sector times right at the very start of the session.. he simply does not understand.

The stuff that appeared in the DM is hearsay and nothing more, at this moment in time there is no proof at all that Brundle wants Legard out.
In terms of Brundle "throwing his weight around" as you put it, keep in mind that Martin is very popular, his gridwalks are legendary. He also works well with the rest of the team - something Legard can't be bothered to do.
Brundle started doing F1 for the BBC at the same time as Legard, quite where you get this "he was invited" thing from I don't know - he is employed by the BBC (directly or indirectly) just like Legard and is doing a far better job.






#156 GF1991

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Posted 16 September 2010 - 11:52

Brundle started doing F1 for the BBC at the same time as Legard, quite where you get this "he was invited" thing from I don't know - he is employed by the BBC (directly or indirectly) just like Legard and is doing a far better job.


What I meant was that Brundle wasn't a BBC employee to start with, Legard was doing it on the radio from 1997 to 2004 and was a BBC employee before the BBC won the rights and decided to offer the co-commentator job to Brundle.


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Posted 16 September 2010 - 12:12

Richard Hammond?

#158 Alexis*27

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Posted 16 September 2010 - 12:17

Hello all, fascinating subject so I thought I would contribute.

I'm afraid I'll go against the majority on here and say I honestly don't have a problem with Legard at all. OK, he rambles and "charges" and "goes up hill's" but I don't find that irritating.

Truth is if Legard is replaced by, say Charlie Cox for argument's sake, he will be moaned about at the same level because it's the Internet. Forums will still be full of people complaining about the commentary because that what forums are for. There aren't many forum's made to congratulate people, only to criticise. I also think people underestimate how difficult commentary is. I've tried with the sound down and I either run out of breath or go into ultrasonic, which upsets the dog next door.
Murray made it sound so effortless, but Allen and Legard clearly A) don't have his experience and B) don't have his skill. There will never be another Murray Walker and I think people need to accept that. Yes, there is better than Legard (Ben Edwards for example) and, in my view, there is worse (Carlton Kirby), but we can't always have the best all of the time. The discussions I've read through (Digital Spy, BBC and here) show there isn't one popular consensus (probably with the exception of Ben Edwards) so the Forum moaning will still continue.

Whatever you think of Legard, just take a minute to think about Martin Brundle in all of this. If the Daily Mail is accurate (stranger things have happened) what gives him the right to dictate to his bosses who to employee/sack? If that's true, my opinion of him has just shot through the floor. He's the ex-driver invited by the BBC. Legard is the commentator employed by the BBC. Brundle doesn't have a right to throw his substantial weight around. Yes he has to stand there with Legard but even still, he is a professional. Get on with it Martin instead of backstabbing. If Legard wasn't aware of Brundle's opinion before, the commentary in Singapore is going to be veryfrosty indeed.

Thanks all for reading through my first rambling post.


In response:

• People are quite capable of forming their own opinions. Because the vast majority are negative it doesn't mean they are automatically wrong because they are on a forum, or because they all agree.
• Other commentators are generally praised - Edwards, Croft, Brundle. There would be plenty of negative Croft comments if he was generally regarded as poor, but he is deemed to be far from it.
• There's no evidence of Brundle saying or doing anything. He just turns up to work and might have a great time with Legard in the bar afterwards. All that matters is the way they appear to work together, which can only be reflected in the output they produce.
• They'll never be a fundamentally accepted commentary, but that's no excuse for not trying to get the best person you possibly can. Legard's ability is plain to hear and we all know what makes a good commentator. Other sports seem to have a plethora of decent commentators who demonstrate the skills that Legard lacks. Football commentators are generally excellent - I can't think of many that have the failings Legard possesses (stuttered and fragmented sentences, and tedious diatribe for example). There must be plenty of undiscovered Karun Chandhoks and Jason Platos out there who would suit a commentary role.

#159 Kucki

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Posted 16 September 2010 - 12:44

Is it possible for Legard to be dropped for next season or does he have a contract of sorts for next year?

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#160 domhnall

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Posted 16 September 2010 - 12:52

Richard Hammond?



#161 hotstickyslick

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Posted 16 September 2010 - 12:57

Is it possible for Legard to be dropped for next season or does he have a contract of sorts for next year?

Looks like it ends this year.

#162 KateLM

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Posted 16 September 2010 - 13:15

Looks like it ends this year.

Legard is not on contract, he is a BBC staff member. They could remove him from the F1 gig, but they'd have to find him a job somewhere else.

#163 Crafty

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Posted 16 September 2010 - 14:49

Legard is not on contract, he is a BBC staff member. They could remove him from the F1 gig, but they'd have to find him a job somewhere else.


So he can go back to football where he came from, or do the tiddlywinks championship :)

In all seriousness he can be shoved over on to FIFA world cup duty - theres loads of it according to http://en.wikipedia..../2011_in_sports

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Posted 16 September 2010 - 14:54

or do the tiddlywinks championship :)


There it goes.. in the air.. over the hill... into the cup.

#165 fed up

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Posted 16 September 2010 - 14:56

David Croft

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Posted 16 September 2010 - 15:06

i loved ben edwards on Eurosport in the early 90s, i thought he was fantastic he should be given the chance as he used to comment ver percisely and accurately. Come on BBC!!!

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Posted 16 September 2010 - 15:14

There it goes.. in the air.. over the hill... into the cup.


.......... and now the next one - battle has been joined, in the air, over the cup and on the ground - that's not what he wanted.


#168 F1EC

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Posted 16 September 2010 - 21:34

I don't know much about most of the people listed, but I hope it will be someone calm and knowledgeable. I hate it when commentators get carried away, or over-excited, and start shouting. It's why I didn't watch much sport when I was growing up ... there seemed to be an era when commentators sounded as if they were wetting themselves with excitement, and you were wishing someone would just take a tranquilliser gun to them and give us all a bit of piece and quiet so we could focus on the action and maybe form some of our own opinions.

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Posted 17 September 2010 - 14:54

Drop Jonathon Legard and replace with Charlie Cox. :lol:

This is payback for all the idiots that hated the knowledgable, passionate and charismatic James Allen for no reason.

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Posted 17 September 2010 - 15:58

This is payback for all the idiots that hated the knowledgable, passionate and charismatic James Allen for no reason.


That's the sort of gushing, brown-nosing, smarmy language that Allen used to use all the time - and which gave many intelligent people good reason to dislike him. :p

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Posted 17 September 2010 - 16:04

That's the sort of gushing, brown-nosing, smarmy language that Allen used to use all the time - and which gave many intelligent people good reason to dislike him. :p

There weren't many real reasons, it just came down to preference. I thought Allen sounded excited, not smarmy at all...

#172 Crafty

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Posted 17 September 2010 - 17:52

FWIW Allen wasn't that bad I don't think, remember he replaced Murray, who it has to be said did get overexcited every so often himself.

At least Allen knew what the feck was going on..

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Posted 17 September 2010 - 19:36

FWIW Allen wasn't that bad I don't think, remember he replaced Murray, who it has to be said did get overexcited every so often himself.

At least Allen knew what the feck was going on..


The problem was he would go on and on about something, while missing something else on the track


#174 Garagiste

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Posted 17 September 2010 - 19:37

Absolutely, he was always going to have trouble filling Muddly's boots - the man wasn't just a commentator, he's a legend - THE voice of motorsport.
So I was prepared to cut JA some slack and he wasn't that awful, I just got fed up with the Goooooooooo! and his sycophancic style.
The way he used questions that he patently knew the answer to in order to educate the viewer really got on my wick - "Tell me Martin, what do they mean by tyres?" :rolleyes: Just ask MB to talk about the tyres, rather than making yourself sound like a berk FFS!
So I find the Leg less irritating, even though he indeed seems clueless half the time.
The argument is down to personal tase and as such nobody and everybody is right.

Edited by Garagiste, 17 September 2010 - 19:38.


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Posted 17 September 2010 - 19:44

The way he used questions that he patently knew the answer to in order to educate the viewer really got on my wick - "Tell me Martin, what do they mean by tyres?" :rolleyes: Just ask MB to talk about the tyres, rather than making yourself sound like a berk FFS!

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Posted 17 September 2010 - 21:47

So... What would viewers rather hear, Martin Brundle's answer to the "tyres" question -- which, in reality -- was probably more like "what do we mean by tyres graining".

Or:

Vettel now. Over the hill and into two.

Webber... The lead is three seconds. Needs to push on now.

Button. Biding his time in the McLaren.

Rosberg. What can this man do?

Hamilton. Chasing hard as he comes across the line. 1:23.5. Not good enough.

Edited by Jimmy, 17 September 2010 - 21:54.


#177 hotstickyslick

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Posted 17 September 2010 - 21:55

So... What would viewers rather hear, Martin Brundle's answer to the "tyres" question -- which, in reality -- was probably more like "what do we mean by tyres graining".

Or:

Vettel now. Over the hill and into two.

Webber... The lead is three seconds. Needs to push on now.

Button. Biding his time in the McLaren.

Rosberg. What can this man do?

Hamilton. Chasing hard as comes across the line. 1:23.5. Not good enough.

No-brainer. Some of the Allen criticism is like something you'd expect to hear from a typical school bully.

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Posted 17 September 2010 - 21:58

I'd quite like Allen to come back. Or if Karun is free.

Whoever they choose, they CANNOT get another dud. They need to test him out properly with a random test audience.

What about a woman? How would that go down? :)

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Posted 17 September 2010 - 23:02

I'd quite like Allen to come back. Or if Karun is free.

Whoever they choose, they CANNOT get another dud. They need to test him out properly with a random test audience.

What about a woman? How would that go down? :)


Like a lead balloon, she could possibly get far too emotionally attached to any one particular driver and lose all sense of impartiality.  ;)

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#180 Tombstone

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Posted 18 September 2010 - 00:06

No-brainer. Some of the Allen criticism is like something you'd expect to hear from a typical school bully.

Better the school bully than the school toast rack.

#181 Captain Cranckcase

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Posted 18 September 2010 - 07:42

I'd quite like Allen to come back. Or if Karun is free.

Whoever they choose, they CANNOT get another dud. They need to test him out properly with a random test audience.

What about a woman? How would that go down? :)


Look how it turned out when they tried it with football! It wouldn't go down well.

#182 PayasYouRace

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Posted 18 September 2010 - 13:30

Look how it turned out when they tried it with football! It wouldn't go down well.


Why would that have anything to do with it? There are sports that have women commentators so just because it didn't work with football doesn't mean it couldn't with F1

#183 aditya-now

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Posted 18 September 2010 - 14:02

After reading the latest developments on the BBC coverage thread, I thought it might be helpful to gauge people's opinions through the results of a poll.

Murray Walker is not included as he is officially retired, and neither are broadcasters such as Anthony Davidson or Karun Chandhok because they are colour commentators.



It would have been nice to include a tie-breaker in this poll (as a second poll) in which you ask

Ben Edwards
or
Jonathan Leggard

then the result would speak even more clearly....

#184 hotstickyslick

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Posted 18 September 2010 - 14:22

Better the school bully than the school toast rack.

Can't say that you're not proving my point!



Anyways Cox would be even worse than Legard, why can't the BBC just find someone with actual talent rather than reshuffling their loyal employees?

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Posted 18 September 2010 - 14:31

The link to the daily mail column is still on the BBC F1 website - the title of the link not being related to F1 at all, nor is most of the content of the linked website.

The Leg looks to be a goner - soon ?

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Posted 18 September 2010 - 14:40

What have the beeb got to lose by letting brundle have a crack at lead comentator?
Bring in a more recent f1 driver to join him at the start of next year,or maybe the
last couple of races this year, if it doesnt work, it doesnt work.
They can still bring in edwards or whoever (not allen).

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Posted 18 September 2010 - 18:09

What have the beeb got to lose by letting brundle have a crack at lead comentator?
Bring in a more recent f1 driver to join him at the start of next year,or maybe the
last couple of races this year, if it doesnt work, it doesnt work.
They can still bring in edwards or whoever (not allen).


Sorry to be off topic but cool Depailler pic. An incredibly underrated driver if there ever was one.

#188 Captain Cranckcase

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Posted 19 September 2010 - 00:50

Why would that have anything to do with it? There are sports that have women commentators so just because it didn't work with football doesn't mean it couldn't with F1


Because the male sports world is sexist I'm afraid. I'm not saying it's right, I'm just saying I bet it wouldn't be popular. Name me one mainstream male dominated sport that has female commentators? Do women commentate on men's tennis (don't follow it)? Maybe olympic sports (only mainstream every 4 yrs). That's all I can think of. Rugby, football, cricket, f1, no.

#189 Captain Cranckcase

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Posted 19 September 2010 - 00:51

What have the beeb got to lose by letting brundle have a crack at lead comentator?
Bring in a more recent f1 driver to join him at the start of next year,or maybe the
last couple of races this year, if it doesnt work, it doesnt work.
They can still bring in edwards or whoever (not allen).


I see no reason why it couldn't work. Ex players dominate cricket commentating for example.

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Posted 19 September 2010 - 07:55

Ben Edwards is perfect for the job for me.

I don't mind Charlie Cox, but he would get on the nerves of 99% of the people on the boards with his "he's got the magnets on", "across the stripe" banter, just as much as the Leg's "up the hill", "on a charge" stuff. Also Toby Moody and Julian Ryder make Cox and Parrish look like amateurs on the Moto GP. Would love to see Toby get the F1 gig but just can't see it, and wouldn't want him taken away from the bikes!

The only reason Cox would get the job over Edwards or Moody is because he's a BBC man, much the same reason why Legard got the gig in the first place.


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Posted 19 September 2010 - 14:31

Ben Edwards is perfect for the job for me.

I don't mind Charlie Cox, but he would get on the nerves of 99% of the people on the boards with his "he's got the magnets on", "across the stripe" banter, just as much as the Leg's "up the hill", "on a charge" stuff...

Well strip my bed and steal my clothes!


#192 Ross Stonefeld

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Posted 19 September 2010 - 14:33

I think you guys would quickly grow tired of this style of commentary



#193 BrokenBaculum

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Posted 19 September 2010 - 16:03

I think you guys would quickly grow tired of this style of commentary


Do I denote a sense of sarcasm in your comment?

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Posted 19 September 2010 - 16:21

I think you guys would quickly grow tired of this style of commentary


Most of us have already heard Edwards commentating on F1, champcar, and just about anything with wheels. I doubt F1 would ever be that action packed, and try and imagine Legard attempting to commentate on the clip you just posted.

#195 noikeee

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Posted 19 September 2010 - 17:51

I think you guys would quickly grow tired of this style of commentary


Sounds annoying.

#196 Kucki

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Posted 19 September 2010 - 18:03

How about them. Ben Edwards and JOhn Watson :up:


Edited by Kucki, 19 September 2010 - 18:05.


#197 midgrid

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Posted 19 September 2010 - 18:50

How about them. Ben Edwards and JOhn Watson :up:


And in race conditions. :)



#198 barteks

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Posted 19 September 2010 - 19:23

I had to look twice there. I thought initially it was Richard Hammond. :lol:

Exactly my thoughts! :drunk:

#199 Chris Bloom

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Posted 19 September 2010 - 20:38

Who's the chap who commentates on the Friday practice sessions? He should be elevated to qualy and race duties.

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#200 TheNewStig

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Posted 19 September 2010 - 20:47

Kimi Raikkonen and Ben Collins.