After much speculation and intrigue, Will Buxton has announced that will be part of Formula 1’s in-house team covering the sport this season, including their brand new over-the-top service.
Buxton joins the commercial rights holder, having previously commentated on F1’s feeder series GP2, and more recently was part of NBC’s F1 coverage over in America. He will present content across Formula One Management’s digital platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, and their new streaming service.
Writing on Twitter, Buxton said “Touch down in Melbourne. No better time to be able to say that I’m over the moon to have joined the Formula 1 family as presenter of digital. Incredibly proud to become part of the @F1 team as it begins a tremendously exciting new era. Can’t wait to get started.”
Joining Buxton is his NBC sparring partner Jason Swales, who will produce some of Formula One Management’s (FOM) output. Swales historically produced BBC’s 5 Live Formula 1 coverage, more recently producing NBC’s output stateside.
As previously revealed, race commentary on the over-the-top service will be provided by broadcasters who already cover Formula 1, such as Sky Sports for the English based version and Canal+ for the French version.
Outside of the on-air roles, various Formula 1 personalities are joining FOM. Former BBC and Autosport website writer Lawrence Barretto moves to F1 as the sports Senior Website Editor, whilst RACER writer Chris Medland is also writing pieces for F1 this year.