Nico Rosberg joins Sky’s F1 team for 2018

2016 Formula One Drivers’ Champion Nico Rosberg will join the Sky Sports F1 team at selected races during the 2018 season.

Rosberg, who was part of Sky’s line-up during last year’s Japanese Grand Prix, will be part of both Sky’s UK and Italian line-ups over the course of the season. As announced before Christmas, Rosberg also joins Timo Glock over on RTL, so UK, Italian and German viewers will hear Rosberg’s analysis at various points this year.

Rosberg starts his Sky commitments during this weekend’s season opener in Australia, a race he won in 2014 and 2016. Speaking to the Sky Sports website, Rosberg said “I’m really excited to be joining the Sky Sports F1 team for the 2018 season.”

“Although getting behind the microphone doesn’t quite match the thrill of getting behind the wheel, I got a taste of it with Sky Sports last year and loved it. 2018 should be a fascinating battle, and hopefully I can offer fans a bit of an insight into the teams, the personalities and everything it takes to be an F1 driver. I can’t wait to get started.”

Scott Young, Sky’s new Head of F1, added “Bringing Nico on-board is fantastic news for Sky Sports viewers. Adding another former world champion to our line-up brings a new depth to our coverage. Nico raced for the current world championship team and this will deliver unique insights at key points throughout the season. We all look forward to his engaging perspective, alongside Martin, Damon and Johnny.”

Those of you who read my 2017 end of year review will have noted my praise for Rosberg, I thought he brought a different angle to Sky’s coverage, and helped reinvigorate their programming during the Japan weekend.

I was worried that UK viewers would not hear Rosberg’s analysis during 2018, but thankfully that appears to not be the case. In this instance, having him appear on-screen at selected races is for the best, and will keep the line-up fresh throughout the new season.

4 thoughts on “Nico Rosberg joins Sky’s F1 team for 2018

  1. What about Pat Symonds. Is he addition or replacement, as he’s not mentioned on the website

    “Rosberg will join a Sky Sports F1 team already boasting Martin Brundle, former world champion Damon Hill, Johnny Herbert, Paul di Resta and Ted Kravitz”

  2. Let’s hope he uses the phrase “for sure” a little less this year. Laverty kept spouting “for sure” while commentating on the MotoGP last weekend; I can tolerate it from riders and drivers (sorry, “pilots”), but surely pundits can expand their vocabulary to use an occasional “certainly” instead!

  3. F1 commentary needs Rosberg like I need a hole in the head. Not popular in 2016 he is just ridiculous now. Get rid of the prick now!

  4. Nico’s commentary is fine when he sticks to technical issues. But his constant obsession with getting a dig in at Lewis is really petty and pathetic Good commentators show no bias.

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