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David Croft to overlook first F1 races as Sky commentator

Ahead of a record-breaking 24 race calendar, which includes four double-headers and two triple-headers, Croft has taken the decision to stand down from the Emilia-Romagna, Austrian and Azerbaijan Grands Prix. Croft has also missed this year’s pre-season test in Bahrain, having previously been a part of the commentary team in recent years since F1 started

David Croft to overlook first F1 races as Sky commentator

Forward of a record-breaking 24 race calendar, which incorporates 4 double-headers and two triple-headers, Croft has taken the choice to face down from the Emilia-Romagna, Austrian and Azerbaijan Grands Prix.

Croft has additionally missed this 12 months’s pre-season take a look at in Bahrain, having beforehand been part of the commentary group lately since F1 began to dwell broadcast the occasion.

He might be changed by BBC Radio 5 Reside commentator Harry Benjamin, who led Sky’s protection on F1 Juniors final 12 months.

Croft has been the lead commentator on Sky because it took over the UK tv rights from the BBC in 2012. He has been a everlasting fixture on the races and has not missed a grand prix since.

Having initially arrived in F1 as commentator for BBC Radio 5 Reside in 2006, when he succeeded Maurice Hamilton, he solely missed one race previous to his transfer to Sky when he skipped the 2007 European Grand Prix because of the start of his son.

David Croft, Sky TV

David Croft, Sky TV

Picture by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Chatting with The Impartial about his resolution to face down from a trio of races, Croft mentioned: “It’s extra about holding contemporary for the entire season. I’m not getting any youthful.

“I’ve given up and sacrificed rather a lot for my profession. I need to give a little bit of time again to my household and never be on the opposite facet of the world. I’m getting married this 12 months as properly, so I’ve acquired a marriage to organise!

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“However I additionally need to sit and watch a race at dwelling. I need to get pleasure from it. Possibly I can be taught one thing by not commentating on a race. I can spot a number of issues once I’m watching – I need to see what the viewer sees.”

Sky will once more have its full on-screen group all through the 2024 season, which incorporates Anthony Davidson, Bernie Collins, Damon Hill, Danica Patrick, Craig Slater, Jenson Button, Karun Chandhok, Martin Brundle, Naomi Schiff, Natalie Pinkham, Nico Rosberg, Rachel Brookes, Simon Lazenby and Ted Kravitz.

Former F1 strategist Collins, who turned a success with followers final 12 months for her perception over grand prix weekends, can have an even bigger presence all through 2024 as she’s going to attend 10 race weekends.

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