Alex Jacques will become Channel 4’s Formula 1 lead commentator beginning with the 2021 season, the broadcaster and production company Whisper have confirmed.
As predicted by Motorsport Broadcasting last week, Jacques succeeds Ben Edwards in the commentary box, Edwards opting to step away from the commentary hot seat after a 25-year career.
David Coulthard will remain in the commentary booth for his eleventh season commentating on F1, and will partner Jacques throughout the new season, provisionally set to begin in Melbourne on March 21st.
Like many, Jacques began his sports broadcasting career in local radio, starting out with BBC Radio Suffolk.
His big breakthrough came in 2015 when, as an unknown figure to motor sport fans, Jacques succeeded Will Buxton as lead commentator for Formula Two and Formula Three.
After a shaky start, Jacques quickly became a fan favourite, forming a memorable partnership with Davide Valsecchi, and more recently this season with Alex Brundle.
Formula 1 has yet to confirm plans for Formula Two and Formula Three next season from a broadcasting perspective, whilst Jacques is also currently lead commentator for the W Series, also alongside Coulthard.
Jacques “our first choice” for the role
“I’m delighted to join the Channel 4/Whisper F1 team,” Jacques said.
“As an avid Formula 1 fan since the age of 9, I know how much the broadcast means for everyone’s weekend.”
“It will be hugely exciting to share races with so many fans and join a team which commands such respect in F1 and TV circles alike. I can’t wait to get started in 2021.”
Whisper say that Jacques was their “first choice” to succeed Edwards on commentary.
“Once we knew Ben was stepping down, Alex was our first choice,” explained John Curtis, who is Channel 4’s F1 Programme Editor.
“He is an outstanding talent and his knowledge is exceptional. Lead commentary is such an important role for the production and I have no doubt that Alex will deliver for both our current fans, as well as new ones.”
“His passion and enthusiasm for the sport shines through on air and will work well with David’s excellent analysis and opinion. It’s great to be able to confirm that he’s joining the C4F1 team for the potentially record-breaking 2021 season.”