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4 items from 2016


Steve Jones runs out of steam on Channel 4 but avoids F1 grid walk from hell | Simon Burnton

3 April 2016 2:38 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

An interviewer more accustomed to Angelina Jolie had acclimatising to do for F1 coverage while Mark Webber and David Coulthard led cameramen a merry dance

In your wildest dreams did you ever imagine a new team could have such a great debut? It is the question that David Coulthard, who not only co-presents Channel 4’s Formula One coverage but owns the production company that makes it, would have been desperate to hear as their first live race came to a close. Instead he was asking it himself while thrusting a microphone towards Romain Grosjean, who had just finished fifth. Having come sixth in Melbourne a fortnight earlier the Haas driver has illuminated this new season but in Bahrain the sport’s other new team was not quite so convincing.

By the end the lead presenter Steve Jones, normally so at ease when on camera that interviews with such people as Angelina Jolie, »

- Simon Burnton

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David Coulthard defends Top Gear over Cenotaph stunt

22 March 2016 4:39 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Former Formula 1 racer says it is likely American drivers of car did not realise actions could be seen as disrespectful

David Coulthard has defended Top Gear over criticism of its recent Cenotaph stunt, saying that it was performed by “two Americans who wouldn’t be as sensitive” to the monument’s significance. Host Matt LeBlanc was seen driving around Westminster as shooting took place for the new series of the BBC2 show, which is due to air in May. With him in the car was professional rally driver Ken Block, a native of California.

Former F1 driver Coulthard recently revealed himself to have been offered a presenting job on Top Gear, but said he turned it down to present Channel 4’s grand prix coverage.

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Channel 4’s F1 Chain gang left in a bind by Melbourne qualifying mess | Emma John

19 March 2016 5:28 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The Australian Grand Prix was the debut for a new commentary team – and for a set of rules that undermined the Bond‑a-like trailer and promises of thrills

It was a head-scratcher, that’s for sure. “We’re still learning, along with you at home,” said Ben Edwards, as Channel 4’s commentary team were forced to make their F1 debut with one of those confusing hours of action that only the byzantine world of motorsport can cook up. David Coulthard, attempting to elucidate one of the finer points of the new qualifying system, turned to Edwards and suggested: “We should explain the offside rule after this.”

As a combination of tyre issues, driving order and countdown clocks served up what everyone later agreed was an unholy mess, the pair were left with nothing to commentate on in the supposedly climactic final four minutes. Karun Chandhok had to report from »

- Emma John

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F1: Murray Walker and Eddie Jordan to join Steve Jones on Channel 4 team

8 March 2016 3:08 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Former BBC pundit returns from retirement for bumper lineup that will also include David Coulthard, Alain Prost, Susie Wolff, Ben Edwards and Alex Zanardi

Channel 4 has lured veteran Murray Walker out of retirement and managed to snare Eddie Jordan, now a Top Gear presenter, to bolster its F1 lineup.

Channel 4’s coverage will be fronted by Steve Jones, the former T4 and X Factor USA presenter in his first foray into sports presenting.

Related: David Coulthard signs for Channel 4 F1 coverage, ending Top Gear speculation

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- Mark Sweney

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