Actively involved in F1 since 1996, Ted has become a specialist in a role largely of his own creation. A renowned pit-lane reporter, his insights into strategy and the sport's secrets have made his on-the-spot reports essential listening. Able to articulate complex intricacies in layman's terms, Ted's renowned skill is to speak to F1 aficionados in a way that members of a passing audience can also comprehend and relish.
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Actively involved in F1 since 1996, Ted has become a specialist in a role largely of his own creation. A renowned pit-lane reporter, his insights into strategy and the sport's intricate secrets have made his on-the-spot reports an essential item on all Grand Prix weekends.
In a complex and high-pressured environment that revolves around speed, Ted has the uncanny knack of appearing one step ahead in understanding how a team reacts when the heat is on and the skill to precisely explain in deceptively-clear language what is occurring to every member of his audience.
"He's by far the most experienced reporter in his field and what he's brilliant at doing is conveying an excitement about the intricacies, technical specifications and secrets of the sport without ever making it boring," says Martin Turner, the Executive Producer of Sky Sports F1. "He's passionate about what some people would find it difficult to ever be passionate about and with that passion he gets the public interested in things they wouldn't otherwise be interested in. That's his secret."
It's a skill honed in a decade spent popping his head into garages and finding out what's really happening. Having first worked as a producer for ITV's F1 coverage, Ted first appeared in front of the camera in 2002 and, switching to the BBC seven years later, he has performed the role ever since.
But there's more to Ted than reading a race. Embarking on his journalistic career as a news and sports reporter for local radio, he has also presented coverage of the British Touring Car Championship for ITV and, in addition to providing his pit-lane insights for Sky Sports F1 on every race weekend of the 2012 and 2013 seasons, was co-host of the channel's Friday night F1 Show.
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.