Billy Monger joins Channel 4’s Formula 1® presenting teamCategory: News Release
Bose to continue its sponsorship of Channel 4’s F1 coverage
Channel 4 today announced that racing driver Billy Monger will join its presenting team for the Formula 1® 2019 season.
Nineteen-year-old Billy will join former F1 drivers David Coulthard and Mark Webber as part of Channel 4’s 2019 line-up.
Channel 4 will be the only terrestrial channel where viewers can enjoy exclusive live free to air coverage of the 2019 FORMULA 1 BRITISH GRAND PRIX from Silverstone on 14 July. Channel 4 will also broadcast full live coverage of the British GP practice sessions and qualifying rounds.
And Channel 4 will be the only place where viewers can enjoy free to air tv highlights coverage of the Formula 1® season which will see three British drivers on the grid, including Lewis Hamilton who will be challenging for his sixth World Championship.
Billy joins Channel 4’s established F1 presenting team which includes presenter Steve Jones, 13-time Grands Prix winner David Coulthard and Mark Webber, winner of nine Grands Prix.
Former F1 team boss Eddie Jordan will also be offering his analysis during the season and Lee McKenzie will be back in the paddock at several races throughout the year. As well as his presenting role, David Coulthard will also continue in the commentary box with Ben Edwards as the lead commentator.
Channel 4’s Head of Entertainment and Events, Ed Havard said: “This year’s F1 season is set to be thrilling as Lewis Hamilton continues to chase Michael Schumacher’s all-time record.
“Channel 4 will once again be the destination for F1 fans to enjoy the action free to air throughout the year, including live coverage of the British GP.
“I’m delighted that the young racing superstar Billy Monger will be joining our team alongside F1 legends David Coulthard and Mark Webber. We’ve got a truly world class presenting line up for F1 on 4.”
Billy, who continues to race in the British F3 Championship, said: “I’m delighted to join the Channel 4 F1 team this season working around my own racing calendar.
“I’ve been watching the F1 coverage on TV since I was little and whilst my goal remains to be racing in one of the cars out on track one day, I am really excited to get broadcasting from the paddock this year.”
Billy, who will be announcing his own 2019 racing plans in the coming weeks, is widely recognised as one of Britain’s brightest racing talents. But his racing dreams appeared to be over when, on 16th April 2017, Billy was critically injured in a high speed collision while racing in the Formula 4 British Championship at Donington Park. The crash left him with life changing injuries resulting in him having both legs amputated.
Despite the severity of his injuries, Billy Whizz, as he is nicknamed, refused to give up on racing. In March 2018 Billy returned to racing in the British F3 Championship in a car specially modified by his race team Carlin and claimed a podium finish on his first race back after his injury. Billy went on to take two pole positions and three podiums on his way to sixth place finish in the championship standings.
His huge commitment and determination was acknowledged in 2018 when he was awarded the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Helen Rollason Award for outstanding achievement in the face of adversity.
And today Channel 4 also announced that Bose will continue its relationship with Channel 4 as the sponsor its Formula 1 coverage throughout the 2019 season.
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