Formula 1 television coverage in the UK will have its first permanent lead female presenter next season after the BBC announced Suzi Perry as Jake Humphrey’s successor.
The corporation has been on the look-out for a new F1 anchor since Humphrey announced in September that he had taken up the offer to head up BT’s new Premier League football coverage from 2013.
Several months of speculation as to the possible identity of the popular Humphrey’s replacement followed and this afternoon the news was finally revealed, with the BBC opting for a face well known to the corporation’s motorsport output albeit on two wheels rather than four.
Perry, 42, fronted the BBC’s MotoGP coverage for a decade until the end of 2009 and now after a three-year break from motorsport will be back on the road with the F1 team for its part-live, part-highlights coverage of all races.
“Motorsport is my life and I’ve really missed being away from the grid,” said Perry.
“I am so excited to be joining the BBC. Working alongside such an eminent team and the F1 world is a huge honour and I can’t wait to get started.”
The appearance of Perry will naturally bring a different dynamic to ‘three amigos’-style presentation that has characterised the BBC’s coverage since it regained the rights in 2009.
Speaking about the appointment, the BBC’s head of F1 Ben Gallop said: “She’ll bring real energy and years of experience to one of the biggest jobs in sports broadcasting.
“Her presenting ability, coupled with her love and knowledge of motorsport, make her an excellent addition.”
The BBC also revealed the 10 races it will cover live on TV in 2013. The selection, which doesn’t include Monaco, is as follows: China, Spain, Canada, Britain, the TBA 20th event on July 21, Belgium, Italy, Japan, India and the season finale in Brazil.