Thanks to the legend that is Murray Walker, taking on the role of the BBC lead commentator in Formula 1 has been, in some senses, a bit of a poisoned chalice.
Walker did such an amazing job, and was such a hit with fans and those who worked in the sport, that it was (and remains) nigh-on impossible for anyone to follow in his footsteps without being compared to the man who was the 'voice of motorsport'.
Post-Walker, F1 fans have had spells with James Allen and Jonathan Legard at the helm, and it is now Martin Brundle's turn to take on that lead microphone.
It is a big job: and one that puts its occupant into the spotlight for what will, inevitably, be a heady mix of both huge praise and abject criticism. Amazingly, even before he has uttered his first word on the BBC in his new role, that sniping has already started - with some suggesting the decision to have two drivers in the commentary box, with Brundle alongside David Coulthard, is a mistake.
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