Perry gets BBC F1 gig

Former MotoGP presenter Suzi Perry has been named as the new anchor of the BBC's Formula One programme.

The 42-year-old Perry will take over from Jake Humphrey, who is moving to BT Vision next year to front their English Premier League coverage following four years with the public broadcaster.

"Motorsport is my life and I've really missed being away from the grid. I am so excited to be joining the BBC," said Perry, who covered the BBC's MotoGP coverage for 13 years until 2010.

"Working alongside such an eminent team and the F1 world is a huge honour and I can't wait to get started."

Ben Gallop, BBC Head of F1, added: "We're delighted to welcome Suzi to the team. She'll bring real energy and years of experience to one of the biggest jobs in sports broadcasting.

"Her presenting ability, coupled with her love and knowledge of motorsport, make her an excellent addition to our line-up. I'd also like to take this opportunity to thank Jake Humphrey for his enormous contribution to the coverage over the last four years and we all wish him the best for the future."