Channel Four have announced Alex Jacques as their new lead Formula One commentator for 2021 season, replacing Ben Edwards who will depart at end of season.
Jacques currently is commentator for F1TV and has been the lead commentator for Formula Two and Formula Three coverage since 2015 when both series were formerly known as GP2 and GP3.
Speaking on his decision to join the Channel Four team, Jacques expressed his delight, saying; “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.”
F1 Programme Editor for Channel Four, John Curtis confirmed that Jacques was their first choice after Edwards announced his exit, praising Jacques’ “outstanding talent and noted the F2 commentator’s knowledge as “exceptional.”
Curtis also spoke of his belief in Jacques’ commentary quality, saying; “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.”
Edwards last week announced that he would be leaving the sport for personal reasons after 25 years working within the sport and speaking on his decision, Edwards said; “Commentating on F1 for the last nine years has been a real privilege, but it’s time for me to step back from the front line of such an intense world and take a wider perspective on motorsport and life.”
The 55 year-old also paid tribute to his colleagues, saying; “Working with DC, Steve and the C4 crew has been incredibly rewarding and I wish them all the best.”