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David Coulthard

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David Coulthard, or ‘DC’, is a retired Formula 1® driver and has become one of the most recognisable TV expert analysts since retiring in 2008. He will provide his expert analysis and commentary at every race of the F1® season exclusively for Channel 4.

Coulthard dominated Britain's junior Formula Ford categories in 1989 and became the first ever recipient of the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award for young drivers. In 1991 he fought a titanic battle with future Formula 1® rival Rubens Barrichello for the British Formula 3 Championship, and won the prestigious Macau F3 Grand Prix.

He joined the Williams Formula 1® team as a test driver in 1993, and after competing in eight grands prix for the team in the 1994 season he became a full-time F1® driver in 1995. That year he won the Portuguese Grand Prix and finished third in the championship.

After moving to McLaren, David took his new team's first win in three seasons at the 1997 Australian Grand Prix. In all, he scored 12 of his 13 Grand Prix wins and 51 of his 62 podium finishes with McLaren, and, after supporting team-mate Mika Häkkinen to the drivers' championship in 1998 and 1999, he finished runner-up to Michael Schumacher in 2001.

In 2005 David moved to the newly-formed Red Bull Racing team where he spent a further four seasons on the grid. By the time he retired from Formula 1® in 2008, he had notched up 247 race starts with 13 wins, 62 podiums, 12 pole positions and 535 points, making him the highest scoring British driver of all time.

After his retirement he joined the BBC’s F1® broadcasting team alongside Jake Humphrey and Eddie Jordan. In 2010, he then became a co-commentator alongside Martin Brundle and spent the following five years developing his presenting attributes and is now one of the most highly-respected motorsport broadcasters.

Mark Webber

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Mark Webber is the reigning World Endurance Champion and will provide his expert analysis for Channel 4 on a regular basis throughout the 2016 season.

He competed in F1® between 2002 and 2013 during which time he achieved nine race wins, 42 podiums, 13 pole positions, 19 fastest laps, and helped Red Bull Racing to four consecutive Constructors’ World Championships™.

After a successful run in karting and Formula Ford in his native Australia, Mark competed in British Formula Ford, Formula 3, Sports-cars and then Formula 3000 where his results landed him an F1® test drive with Benetton.

Mark made his F1® debut with Minardi in 2002 where in a race full of attrition he managed secure a fifth place finish scoring the team’s first points in three years. His ability to push a car beyond its limits opened the door for him to sign with the Jaguar Racing team and subsequently WilliamsF1. After moving to Red Bull Racing in 2007, Mark took his first F1® win in the 2009 German Grand Prix, which he described as the proudest moment of his career.

At the end of 2013 Mark left Formula 1® and, after a 15 year hiatus, re-joined sports-car racing as part of Porsche’s return to the LMP1 class of the FIA World Endurance Championship™.

In 2015, after a nail biting season finale which brought six hours of fighting and managing an ill car, Mark and his teammates won the World Endurance Championship® title with Mark becoming the first Aussie FIA World Champion™ since Alan Jones in 1980.

Mark has also appeared as a pundit for the BBC and Australia’s Network Ten on a number of occasions.

Steve Jones

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Steve Jones is an experienced live television presenter with a host of high profile live shows to his name. He will anchor Channel 4’s F1® coverage alongside David Coulthard, marshalling the extensive presenting team of racing experts to bring viewers all the highs and lows from the new season.

Steve first became a household name as one of the main presenters of the weekend morning strand 'T4' on Channel 4. He has since gone on to present on a broad range of formats and live shows across different channels in the UK and US including Let's Dance for BBC 1, the US version of the X Factor, V Festival coverage for Channel 4 and travel documentaries for Sky 1, BAFTA coverage for E! Entertainment, Weekend Kitchen with Waitrose for Channel 4 and Young, Free & Single LIVE also for E4.

Susie Wolff

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After retiring in November 2015 from a long career spanning across a number of different motorsports, Susie Wolff joins Channel 4 from the launch of its F1® coverage as an expert analyst.

After starting in karting at a young age, Susie began her professional career in the Formula Renault UK Championship, where she notched three podiums and was twice nominated for British Young Driver of the Year Award. After a brief spell in Formula 3, she made her name with Mercedes Benz in DTM between 2006 and 2012. It was in this year that Susie moved into F1®, being signed by Williams.

Wolff entered as a development driver for the team, holding the position for two seasons before being promoted to a test driver for the 2015 season. At the 2014 British Grand Prix Susie made history by becoming the first woman to take part in a Formula 1® race weekend in 22 years.

Eddie Jordan

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Eddie joins Channel 4 as an expert analyst at a number of Grands Prix across the season. Despite never having driven in Formula 1®, Eddie Jordan is one of the most high profile pundits in the sport having raced in his younger years, owned his own Formula 1® team, and proven his expertise in a TV analyst role in recent years.

Jordan was a successful kart racer in his mid-twenties and won the Irish Kart Championship in 1971. He worked his way up from Formula Ford in 1974, to Formula Three the following year and then made the move to Formula Two in 1979. He also took part in testing for the McLaren Formula 1® team, but a number of accidents meant that he decided to quit racing and turn to management.

In 1980 he founded Eddie Jordan Racing and over the next decade brought some of the sport’s most famous faces through the junior class ranks, handing drives to the likes of Ayrton Senna, Damon Hill, Martin Brundle and Johnny Herbert.

Inspired by the success of his junior drivers, Eddie established Jordan Grand Prix in 1990 and entered Formula 1®, handed future seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher his Formula 1® debut. Rubens Barrichello secured the team’s first pole position and podium in 1994 and at the 1998 Belgian Grand Prix, Damon Hill and Ralf Schumacher’s first and second place finish made history, as Jordan Grand Prix became the first team in the sport to win its maiden Formula 1® race with a 1-2.

In 1999 Heinz-Harald Frentzen won the French and Italian GPs for Jordan and finished third in the World Championship™. The team also won the Brazilian Grand Prix in 2003 with Giancarlo Fisichella and it remains one of only five current teams to have won multiple Grands Prix in the past 25 years.

Eddie sold Jordan Grand Prix to the Midland Group in 2005, however, since then he has become a permanent fixture of Formula 1® broadcasting coverage. His excitable personality and straight-talking attitude made him a popular part of the BBC team for seven years.

Murray Walker

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Murray Walker is a legend of motorsport having become synonymous with Formula 1® during a commentary career spanning seven decades. He will interview some of the stars of F1® for Channel 4 this season. His personal experience of the sport from its infancy in 1950, up to the present day, gives him a unique insight into the world of F1® which he will share exclusively with Channel 4 viewers this season.

Murray started commentating on regional motorsport events in 1948 before being chosen to be a part of the BBC’s original F1® broadcasting team in the 1970’s. He became the voice of F1® during the 80’s and 90’s during which time he had a number of high profile side-kicks in the commentary box. He struck up an unlikely chemistry with 1976 World Champion James Hunt and they became an increasingly popular duo for over a decade on the BBC.

Walker's passion marked him out among commentators, as David Coulthard once said, "he made even the most boring bike race sound interesting”. His passion for racing always shone through in his commentary, with his unique excitable style often leading to “Murrayisms” – miss-calls or statements of the obvious – that made watching and listening to Walker essential viewing right up until his retirement at the USA Grand Prix in 2001.

Lee McKenzie

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Lee McKenzie is a highly respected broadcast journalist and presenter who joins Channel 4 in her familiar role as driver interviewer. She has spent the past seven years as a reporter in the F1® paddock for the BBC.

Lee has fantastic relationships with all the current F1® drivers and her gentle style and unparalleled knowledge of the sport gives viewers the opportunity to hear what is going on directly from the drivers as soon as they step out of the car.

Lee started as a print journalist at the age of 15 before joining Border TV as a trainee and holds the distinction of being the youngest person in the UK to present the news having made her anchoring debut on Border TV at the age of 22 after just 12 months with the station as a trainee.

Lee has previously presented and interviewed for the BBC at Wimbledon, 6 Nations Rugby, the Commonwealth Games, and on At the Races for Channel 4.

Karun Chandhok

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Karun Chandhok is one of only two Indian drivers to ever compete in F1®, racing for Hispania and Lotus in 2010 and 2011 respectively. He has been involved with F1® broadcasting since 2004 as both a commentator and analyst.

During the 2016 season Karun will be Channel 4’s technical analyst where he will be in the pit lane, grilling team bosses and engineers. He will also contribute to commentary from the pit lane, advising on strategy calls, analysing pit stops and keeping viewers up-to-date with all the action in the pits on race weekends. Karun was spotted after a number of successful seasons in GP2, and in 2007 and 2008 was a test driver for Red Bull. It was Hispania who handed him his full F1® debut in 2010, the following year he was signed to Team Lotus and replaced Jarno Trulli as a lead driver at the German Grand Prix.

Since then Chandhok has become the only Indian driver in the Le Mans 24 Hour and has built a reputation as an esteemed pundit and expert on the sport. He worked on regular F1® broadcasts in his native India as a commentator for Star Sports, as well as here in the UK with BBC Radio 5 Live and Sky Sports F1®.

Bruno Senna

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Nephew of the late, great, Ayrton Senna, Bruno will appear in special features across Channel 4’s F1® coverage this season.

Inspired by his legendary uncle, Bruno’s racing career started at an early age, and has featured a variety of motorsport series from karting, to Formula E, via Le Mans and Formula 1®. Senna got his first big break in 2005 when he was signed to the Räikkönen Robertson Racing team in Formula Three, where he spent one year before moving up to the GP2 series for 2007 and 2008.

In 2009 he raced in the Le Mans series before finally securing an F1® drive for Hispania Racing in 2010. The following year he transferred to Renault before following in his uncle’s footsteps by joining Williams in 2012.

Senna moved to the FIA Endurance Championship™ with Aston Martin in 2013, competing once again at Le Mans. In 2014 Mahindra Racing confirmed Senna alongside fellow Channel 4 team member Karun Chandhok as their Formula E drivers for the 2014/15 season, a role he retained for 2015/16.

Alain Prost

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Alain Prost, as one of the most successful drivers in Formula 1® history and a four-time World Champion, is a legend of the sport. Nicknamed "The Professor", for his intellectual approach to racing, Alain brings his wealth of experience to Channel 4 by providing analysis at several races throughout the season.

His F1® career began in 1980 with the Marlboro McLaren team, and despite his debut season not going to plan due to a number of retirements, he was tipped as a future star. And these predictions were confirmed on moving to Renault in 1981, where he only finished six out of 15 races, but did not finish lower than third; he ended up fifth in the Championship before going one better and getting fourth the next year. 1983 was his most successful, and final year with Renault, where he finished second in the Championship to three-time World Champion, Nelson Piquet.

He returned to McLaren in 1984, winning seven races but still finished behind the formidable Niki Lauda in the final standings. Prost finally became the star of the show in 1985, where he went on to win back-to-back World Championships, and completed a hat-trick of consecutive wins at the Monaco Grand Prix.

The Frenchman’s famous rivalry with Ayrton Senna was ignited when the Brazilian joined McLaren in 1988, and won the Driver’s Championship that year. Prost got revenge the following year when he sealed his third title almost as a parting gift to McLaren as it was revealed he would join Ferrari the following season.

His rivalry with Senna continued in his first year at Ferrari and it was the Brazilian who came out on top at the end of the year, winning the title just seven points ahead of Prost. In 1991, he failed to win a race for the first time since his debut season and criticism of the team and the car led to him being sacked before the end of the season and taking a year out in 1992.

He returned to winning ways in 1993 with Williams, securing his fourth title but decided to retire at the end of the year with a record 51 Grand Prix wins (Michael Schumacher went on to break this in 2001). Prost worked as an analyst for French Channel TF1, before starting his own Prost Grand Prix team which operated from 1997 to 2001.

Ben Edwards

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Ben Edwards has been commentating on Motorsport since retiring from a fledgling driving career and was most recently the BBC’s lead F1® commentator since 2012. He joins Channel 4 as lead commentator.

Ben first started out in motorsport as a mechanic for Formula Ford teams in 1982, before beginning a career as a racing driver. He won the first Formula First championship, a now defunct championship for new drivers, and went to become champion in Caterham-Vauxhall sports cars. He also took part in the Euro Vauxhall Lotus championship where he raced against the likes of his co-commentator David Coulthard and Mika Häkkinen.

In addition to his work on F1® with the BBC, Ben has voiced television coverage of Superleague Formula and the British Touring Car Championship and has worked for numerous broadcasters including Eurosport, ESPN, ITV and F1® Digital +.

Alex Zanardi

Alex Zanardi is a retired racing driver who now competes as a successful hand cyclist, having won two gold medals and a silver at the London 2012 Paralympics. He will join David Coulthard in features for Channel 4’s F1® coverage – alongside training for the Paralympics in Rio this September.

The Italian competed in Formula 1® between 1991 and 1994, making 41 race starts with Jordan, Minardi and Lotus, before moving to the CART Championships in 1995 where he won three races in his rookie season for the Chip Ganassi Racing team. The following season Zanardi won the first of his back-to-back CART title wins. His success earned him a place back amongst the elite in F1® as Williams secured his services for the 1999 season.

The return was short-lived as Zanardi returned to the CART Championship for the 2000 season and in 2001 he suffered a life-changing crash during a race in Germany which caused both of his legs to be amputated above the knee and forced an abrupt end to his open-wheel racing career.

Despite his career-threatening injuries, Zanardi’s desire to compete saw him return to racing in the 2003 World Touring Car Championships with BMW Team Italy-Spain, where he spent five seasons, winning four races. During this time Zanardi had taken an interest in hand cycling.

By 2011, Zanardi had won the Rome, Venice and New York Marathon’s in the handcycling division and earned himself a place in the Italian team for London 2012. Zanardi won gold in the men’s road time-trial H4 and the individual H4 road race, before winning silver in the mixed team relay H1-4.

He has since returned to competitive racing in the Blancpain Sprint Series but will be targeting gold again at the Rio Paralympics in September. Zanardi will take time out from his training to join Channel 4 and film features with David Coulthard.

Jolyon Palmer

Jolyon Palmer is the record-breaking GP2 driver, set to make his Formula 1® debut this year with the Renault Sport team. Jolyon will write an exclusive online column for Channel 4’s dedicated F1® website ahead of every race weekend.

The 25-year-old made waves in the F1’s® feeder series after scoring 276 points in the 2014 season, a record at the time, where he raced for DAMS and became the first British winner of the championship since Lewis Hamilton.

Since his impressive victory two years ago, he has been a test driver for Force India and Lotus, and caught the eye of the ambitious Renault Sport team where he will be joined by Kevin Magnussen.