Formula E is gaining traction as the new line-up of TV presenters has been announced. Nicki Shields will be track side and in the pitts giving up to the minute information on what’s going on as it happens during the races plus Jack Nicholls will be in the commentary box and joined by four time IndyCar champioin Dario Franchitti. Giving technical support will be well known electric car enthusiast Robert Llewellyn who will present a series of technical features via the official Formula E YouTube channel.
The presenters backgrounds are well rounded and should lend to some interesting commentary for the all new season. Dario Franchitti won the IndyCar championship three times, including three wins at the infamous Indianapolis 500.
Nicki Shields is best known for her presenting work on BBC’s Escape to the Country, The Gadget Show Live and Goodwood Motorsport. She is also a scientist with a degree in Biology and is a keen technology and motorsport enthusiast.
Jack Nicholls is used to commentating on the racing scene, having covered the FIA GT Series, FIA Formula 2, the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and Formula 1 for BBC Radio 5 Live, a huge wealth of experience despite being aged just 24.
Lastly, Robert Llewellyn is notorious amongst anybody remotely interested in electric vehicles due to his enthralling enthusiasm for the technology and how it can help our way of life in general. He is perhaps best recognised for his presenting on Scrapheap Challenge in the UK and the sister show that went over to the US thereafter. Prior to that, Robert acted as the comic character Kryten in the hilarious science fiction series Red Dwarf.
To date, Formula E has signed live television deals with some of the world’s largest broadcasters including FOX Sports – covering 88 territories across the globe – Japan’s TV Asahi and ITV in the UK, with details of further rights to be announced shortly.
Franchitti, who is one of IndyCar’s most decorated and legendary drivers with 31 victories and 33 poles, said:
“It is no secret that I have a passion for the history and evolution of motorsports. To be on the team that will now cover an exciting new racing category is a great honour and I can’t wait to see how the Formula E cars perform when the lights go out in Beijing.”
Ali Russell, Marketing Director, added:
“We’re delighted to be unveiling our host TV commentary team today which we believe ensures fans have the complete range of expertise to guide them through the championship from scientists and technology experts to experienced motorsport commentators and legendary drivers.”
The three will provide English language commentary, news and in-depth analysis for all 10 Formula E races which will be offered to rights holders in addition to the comprehensive coverage produced by host broadcaster Aurora Media Worldwide (AMW).
Source; FIA Formula E