W Series TV coverage line-up includes Coulthard, Kravitz, McKenzie

Former Formula 1 driver David Coulthard, Sky F1's Ted Kravitz and F1 pitlane reporter Lee McKenzie will feature in Channel 4's coverage of the new all-female W Series in 2019

W Series TV coverage line-up includes Coulthard, Kravitz, McKenzie

Channel 4 announced last week that it would broadcast all six W Series races live and free-to-air in the championship's debut season, with coverage beginning with the opening round at Hockenheim this weekend.

McKenzie, who has worked on BBC and Channel 4 F1 coverage previously, will take on the role of lead presenter and anchor in the programming, which will include qualifying and encompass full race build-up.

Her BBC and C4 colleague Coulthard also acts as a W Series Advisory Board chairman and will take on the role as co-commentator, alongside Claire Cottingham - who has been announced as lead commentator.

Co-commentating duties will be shared with a range of further guest contributors, celebrities and motorsport personalities, set to be announced in due course.

Sky F1 pitlane reporter Kravitz will also act as a pitlane reporter for the W Series coverage, with each 30-minute sprint race broadcast live on a Saturday afternoon.

"All of us at W Series are delighted to have contracted such a superb team of TV talent," said W Series CEO Catherine Bond Muir.

"DC is of course a household name - a Formula 1 winner 13 times - and is a brilliant co-commentator, delivering his lifetime's knowledge of a racing driver's craft informatively and entertainingly.

"Lee is a consummate TV anchor-presenter - intelligent and insightful yet possessed of a friendly and accessible on-screen manner.

"Ted is a legend - uniquely able to describe and explain racing tech and tactics in a digestible way - while we're delighted that W Series and Channel 4 will be bringing Claire's motorsport commentary skills to a wider audience than have heard her before. She's an excellent racing storyteller.

"In summary, it's a great team, and it's especially pleasing that there are so many women in key positions - with more to come."

W Series, with a line-up that includes 2019 MRF Champion Jamie Chadwick and former GP3 racers Alice Powell and Beitske Visser, gets under way in support of the DTM calendar at Hockenheim on May 4-5.

shares
comments
All-female W Series races to be shown live on Channel 4 in 2019
Previous article

All-female W Series races to be shown live on Channel 4 in 2019

Next article

Why W Series is more than just a last chance

Why W Series is more than just a last chance
How Chadwick's u-turn poses big questions for W Series Plus

How Chadwick's u-turn poses big questions for W Series

With two W Series titles under her belt, Jamie Chadwick appears to be the perfect candidate to break into FIA Formula 3. But a shock return to the series in 2022 appears a curious move – not just for her, but for the all-female series too

W Series
Feb 23, 2022
How W Series' standout star took the challenge to its champion Plus

How W Series' standout star took the challenge to its champion

Heading into 2021, much of the discussion around W Series centred on Jamie Chadwick and her fight for a second crown. Chadwick duly won out, but only after a season-long battle with Alice Powell, who came into the final double-header level on points and almost stole the show

W Series
Dec 2, 2021
How Chadwick’s second W Series title poses more questions than answers Plus

How Chadwick’s second W Series title poses more questions than answers

Jamie Chadwick successfully defended her W Series title as the series returned after a year out due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She saw off a fierce fight from Alice Powell to keep the crown but with both looking to climb the motorsport ladder, what is next for both the two star drivers and series itself?

W Series
Nov 29, 2021
How W Series can confront its biggest enduring issue Plus

How W Series can confront its biggest enduring issue

Two-time W Series champion Jamie Chadwick finds herself in a predicament. The Williams F1 development driver has more than proven herself in the all-female series and has little to gain from returning. But where should she go next? And how will the series move forwards if she elects to take up her reserved slot on next year's grid? Whatever she decides, it poses important questions for the series' future

W Series
Nov 5, 2021
The nightmare season of a W Series title favourite Plus

The nightmare season of a W Series title favourite

She came into 2021 as a W Series title contender, but Beitske Visser has had a frustrating season, marred by a horrific crash at Spa and floundering in 12th place in the drivers’ standings. After misfortune and on-track clashes, the Dutch driver wishes the season was just starting now

W Series
Oct 20, 2021
The rational brain of W Series' outside title bet Plus

The rational brain of W Series' outside title bet

As the only mum in W Series, Emma Kimilainen has a different perspective than many of her rivals. After her swashbuckling drive to victory at a sodden Spa, the Finn now has a real chance of getting into the title fight, and can call on an approach that has been a boost through myriad past disappointments

W Series
Sep 3, 2021
The comeback trail Brit making the most of a second chance Plus

The comeback trail Brit making the most of a second chance

After four years of making only irregular race appearances, Alice Powell had good reason to believe that her dreams of becoming a professional driver were over. But W Series has provided a second chance that she has firmly grasped, Powell's popular home win at Silverstone prompting the new series leader to look ahead to a bright future

W Series
Jul 30, 2021
Why W Series' champion is taking nothing for granted ahead of its return Plus

Why W Series' champion is taking nothing for granted ahead of its return

W Series is back this weekend after a year away. This time it’s supporting F1, and reigning champion Jamie Chadwick is up for the challenge of taking another title - but knows with higher stakes will come even more motivated opposition

W Series
Jun 24, 2021