A recruit to Sky Sports in 1998, Simon has defied his relative youth to pack in a lifetime of experience in presenting live sport ever since.
Already known to viewers for his work on cricket, rugby and Sky Sports News, Simon's relentless but envious task in 2014 will be to present every session from every grand prix.
Simon Lazenby Links
A recruit to Sky Sports in 1998, Simon has defied his relative youth to pack in a lifetime of experience presenting live sports ever since. It's a schooling which should continue to stand him in good stead for his relentless but envious remit as the lead presenter of Sky Sports F1 - hosting every major session at every grand prix weekend throughout the 2014 season.
It's a role which Simon performed with unflappable assurance during Sky Sports F1's award-winning debut season of 2012 and then again in 2013 when, although his face may have at first been unfamiliar to F1 fans new to Sky Sports, his suitability for the role quickly became apparent.
"Despite his youthful exuberance, he's a veteran of working in some of the greatest sporting cauldrons and proved himself incredibly cool under pressure. He's able to instantly commute masses of information - the skill that all great presenters have to have," said Martin Turner, the man who appointed Simon to the role of lead presenter on Sky Sports F1.
Simon originally arrived at Sky on a three-month work experience scheme but his natural talent and composure in front of the camera were soon apparent and, after passing a screen test, he was soon showcasing his unflappable presenting style behind the desk at Sky Sports News.
From there, Simon moved on to anchor Sky's live Rugby Union coverage as well as presenting the popular Rugby Club magazine show.
Away from work, Simon doesn't tend to stray far away from sport. Something of a sporting all-rounder, he boasts a respectable golf handicap and captained his college XV Rugby Union team whilst studying at Durham University.
Anchoring live F1 coverage as the sport traverses the globe for eight months of the year was an entirely new challenge for Simon, but he is no stranger to international travel. Born in Calgary, his father's work meant that Canada, Australia, America and Scotland could all be called home at various points during his formative years.
With a total of 19 countries to visit over the course of the 2014 season, let's hope he keeps his passport safe and sound.
Meet the Team
Martin was actually being modest when he reflected "my motor racing career turns out to have been a fact-finding mission for my TV work". Modest because his F1 career deserves greater recognition than that wry dismissal. And modest because his TV work requires no introduction. He truly is the voice of F1.
There aren't many sports commentators who are instantly identifiable by their nickname, but 'Crofty' is certainly one. A sports broadcaster throughout his working life, the acclaim David received during his stint as Five Live's F1 commentator made him the obvious choice to be Sky Sports F1's lead commentator.
Despite still being professionally active in as a driver, Anthony is already flourishing in his second working life as a F1 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 GP.
Harnessing the respected experience of a three-times GP winner with an infectiously-popular colourful and charismatic personality, Johnny has established himself as a leading member of the Sky Sports F1 team since forging a new motorsport career behind the microphone, impressing both as a regular expert pundit as well as an occasional co-commentator.
A former World Champion and BRDC President , Damon Hill is uniquely well-qualified to speak on F1. But it's arguably his 'likeability' which makes him such a valued pundit. Retiring from the cockpit in 1999, Damon now moves behind the the mic and his affable nature is sure to go down just as well.
Don't be fooled by the glamorous good looks. A self-confessed adrenaline junkie and political activist, the ever-active Natalie combines her love of sports with charity campaigning and supporting grass-roots initiatives whilst also finding time writing on health and travel, presenting, and, of course, reporting on F1.
A renowned pit-lane reporter, Ted's insights into strategy and the sport's secrets have made his on-the-spot updates essential listening. Able to articulate complex intricacies in layman's terms, Ted's skill is to speak to F1 aficionados in a way that all members of the audience can comprehend and relish.
A recruit to Sky Sports in 1998, Simon has defied his relative youth to pack in a lifetime of experience in presenting live sport ever since. Already known to viewers for his work on cricket, golf and Sky Sports News, Simon's relentless but envious task is to present every session from every grand prix.
For 2014, Sky Sports News HD has two dedicated reporters - Rachel Brookes and Craig Slater - to work amongst the teams as the sport traverses all corners of the globe. Entirely dedicated to F1, Rachel and Craig will provide breaking news updates and explore the latest intricacies of the world's complicated sport.
Launched in March 2012, Sky Sports F1 HD is a channel entirely dedicated to the fastest sport on the planet and the challenge of taking F1 broadcasting to a new level of excellence. For the assembled cast of experts, the challenge will be to provide a script worthy of the setting.