NBC announces F1 broadcast team

By Jim Vertuno, AP, 16 November 2012
© AP Photo/Mark Baker

Leigh Diffey (play-by-play), David Hobbs (analyst) and Steve Matchett (analyst) will be the new broadcast team for the NBC Sports Group's Formula 1 coverage in 2013, the network announced.

Diffey, Hobbs and Matchett have worked together for several years covering Formula 1 for the cable channel Speed. Diffey has called F1 races in the U.S. and internationally. Hobbs is a member of the Motorsports Hall of Fame and a veteran racing commentator of 30 years. Matchett is a former Formula 1 mechanic. The pit reporter has not been named.

"We are privileged to add not one, not two, but three experienced and respected voices to our Formula 1 coverage," said Sam Flood, executive producer, NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network. "Leigh, David and Steve are all gifted storytellers, who live and breathe F1."

NBC Sports Group announced last month a four-year deal with Formula 1 for the exclusive U.S. media rights, which will provide over 100 hours of programming across NBC and cable channel NBC Sports Network. The contract ends Speed's 17-year run as F1's U.S. rights holder.

Diffey will also call IndyCar races on NBC Sports Network, replacing Bob Jenkins who retired this year. The rest of the IndyCar broadcasting crew will not be changed.


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