Formula One coverage in the UK switched back to the BBC last season after a 12-year absence, where it was fronted by Jake Humphrey. Autocar recently caught up with Humphrey to hear his thoughts on the upcoming F1 season, including the return of Michael Schumacher and who he thinks will win the title.
Themes for the season
“As interesting as all of last year’s politics were, I think we’re all looking forward to some stability this year. F1 has never been stronger in terms of drivers, so it has to now capitalise on this. It will be interesting to see how the Jean Todt era at the FIA starts, too.
“F1 is going to have its green credentials questioned by the wider world soon and this is a subject the sport can really take the lead on, but isn’t doing yet. FOTA has shown really unity, and can continue to do so on issues like this.
“But the real success story is going to be Q3. Drivers will be running as light as possible, so the weight variant is going to be taken out and we’ll see some stunning lap times and battles at the end of qualifying sessions.”
Michael Schumacher’s comeback
“The real story before the season – and throughout the season - is Michael Schumacher’s comeback. If he wins the title, he will be known for beating the finest crop of drivers for decades, but he’s too tough and too experienced to be phased by any pressure.
“Ross Brawn told me that he had forgotten just how committed Michael was. He’s up for going up against this new crop of young and talented drivers for the first time.
“It’s going to be a real badge of honour for these guys if they beat Michael. If he’s wheel to wheel with Lewis or Vettel, who’s going to lift first? That’s going to be fascinating.”