FORMULA 1: Suzi Perry becomes the new face of BBC F1

Suzi Perry has been announced as the new presenter of the BBC’s Formula 1 coverage.

The former MotoGP presenter will link-up with BBC favourites Eddie Jordan and David Coulthard for the entire 19-race season, starting in Melbourne on March 15-17.

Perry replaces Jake Humphrey, who left the corporation to become the face of BT Sport’s Premier League coverage.

The BBC have also confirmed the nine races that will be shown live on terrestrial television during the 2013 season, including the British, Belgian, Italian and the season-ending Brazilian Grands Prix, but the Monaco Grand Prix is not included as one of the live BBC races.

There will be extended highlights of the other 10 events, with all 20 races live on BBC Radio 5 live or 5 live Sports Extra.

A well known face to motor racing fans for well over a decade, Perry started her broadcasting career in 1997 with Sky and for the next 3 years she entered the male dominated world of motorbike sport.

She was the first woman in the world to present the World Superbike series and also presented Elite League Speedway and Grand Prix motorcycling. During this period, she also reported for Sky Sports News.

In 2000, Perry joined BBC Sport to present Grandstand’s coverage of the World Superbike Championship as well as other live motorsport, including MotoGP from 2003, a series which she continued to cover until the end of 2009.

Perry has also reported at Wimbledon, the London Marathon, 2004 Olympics, Great North Run and the Boat Race for the BBC, and has also presented other series for the corporation, including Superstars and the Holiday programme and

After a decade at the BBC, Perry quit her MotoGP role at the end the 2009 season, citing personal reasons for her departure.

After leaving MotoGP, Perry continued to host Channel 5’s The Gadget Show and fashion segments at Royal Ascot for the BBC.

In taking one of televised sports most high-profile presenting role, Perry becomes the first permanent female Formula 1 presenter on UK television.

“Motorsport is my life and I’ve really missed being away from the grid,” Perry told BBC Sport.

“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.”

Commenting on Perry’s arrival to the BBC F1 team, the corporation’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.

“I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank Jake Humphrey for his enormous contribution to the coverage over the last four years and we all wish him the best for the future.”

Jake Humphrey, who presented the BBC’s Formula 1 coverage from the start of 2009, announced in September that he would leave at the end of the 2012 season to front BT Sport’s Premier League football coverage.

The rest of the BBC’s presentation team for 2013 “will be confirmed in due course”, according to the corporation.

Perry will front the BBC’s coverage of all 19 races in 2013, nine of which will covered live and the other 10 will be receive extended highlights.

The only major change compared to last season is the loss of live coverage of the Monaco Grand Prix, but the BBC will broadcast live coverage of the Canadian Grand Prix, a race which starts in a prime-time evening slot.

Follow @SuziPerry on Twitter

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April 12-14 – Chinese Grand Prix (Round 3)
May 10-12 – Spanish Grand Prix (Round 5)
June 9-11 – Canadian Grand Prix (Round 7)
June 30-July 2 – British Grand Prix (Round 8)
August 23-25 – Belgian Grand Prix (Round 11)
September 6-8 – Italian Grand Prix (Round 12)
October 11-13 – Japanese Grand Prix (Round 15)
October 25-27 – Indian Grand Prix (Round 17)
November 22-24 – Brazilian Grand Prix (Round 19)

* venue yet to be confirmed by FOM

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