Anthony Davidson

Anthony Davidson

Expert Analyst

Biography

Despite still being professionally active in motor racing as a renowned driver, Anthony is already flourishing in his second working life as a F1 commentator and analyst.

It's a balancing act he has long been familiar with - Anthony's commentary debut in 2006 occurred four years after his first grand prix and two years before what proved to be his last race in the sport.

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Having raced in Formula 1 between 2002 and 2008, and also putting in plenty of mileage as a test driver in that time, Anthony continues to bring the Sky Sports F1 team the vital ingredient of contemporary driver experience and knowhow.

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Even today, when the 34-year-old from Hemel Hempstead is not behind the microphone or bringing the Sky Pad to illuminating life, Anthony still regularly clocks up the hours in the Mercedes team's simulator and is therefore ideally placed to cast an expert eye on the sport's complex subtleties and provide a voice of authority on the challenges F1 drivers have to combat.

Yet although he's now gaining fame for his work behind the microphone, Anthony's career behind the wheel - which continues as a top-flight sportscar driver - shouldn't be underestimated either.

A star of the British karting scene in his youth, Davidson made his F1 appearance when he contested two races for Minardi in 2002. Two years later, as the test driver for the BAR-Honda team, he was really able to show his pace in a car that was hot on the heels of Ferrari's championship-winning charger.

Anthony performed the role again in 2006, when the by now Honda team scored their breakthrough win in Hungary. Jenson Button took the chequered flag, with his team-mate looking on from the television commentary box - a first for Davidson as well.

Having had a one-off race for BAR at Malaysia in 2005 (which lasted all of two laps because of an engine failure) and also coming close to joining Williams, it was in 2007 that Davidson finally received his first full-time F1 race seat. Super Aguri were the team and although he failed to score a World Championship point, his season still included some notable standout performances.

Although Anthony's qualifying performances in Australia and, in particular, Turkey spring to mind, it was the Canadian GP which featured arguably the drive of his life as he surged up the field into third place. Alas, his due reward was not forthcoming due to an errant groundhog. The collision, to state delicately, was painful for both.

Unfortunately, Anthony's F1 career was then left high and dry when Super Aguri were wound up early the following year and although he reverted back to testing duties for Honda and then Brawn GP (Anthony has served the Brackley-based outfit in one guise or another for over a decade), F1's increasingly restricted testing rules offered limited opportunities.

As one door closed, another opened, with Anthony moving on to carve out a new career in sportscar racing with Peugeot, Nissan and Aston Martin. Yet the risks of motorsport were never more apparent than in the summer of 2012 when Anthony suffered a broken back whilst competing in the Le Mans 24-hour endurance race for Toyota.

Fortunately, Anthony's recovery proved remarkably swift, and it wasn't long before he returned to the screens with the rest of the Sky Sports F1 team, still proving a natural for television whether assuming the role of expert analyst in the paddock, co-commentator alongside David Croft, or revealing hidden intricacies on the Sky Pad. Having raced in Formula 1 between 2002 and 2008, and also put in plenty of mileage as a test driver during that time, Anthony brings the Sky Sports F1 team the vital ingredient of contemporary driver experience and knowhow.

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