Red Bull reserve driver Daniel Ricciardo is going to host an alternate telecast of the Canadian Grand Prix, alongside Canadian actor and comedian Will Arnett.
The pair will commentate on the Canadian Grand Prix on ESPN2 for American television, while coverage of the race continues on ABC at the scene of Ricciardo’s first victory in Formula 1 back in 2014.
Co-host Arnett, best known for his roles on shows like Bojack Horseman, 30 Rock and Arrested Development, is a relative newcomer to the world of Formula 1, but has become a fan and has worked with two-time World Champion, Mika Hakkinen on his Formula 1 podcast, Fast and Loose.
Ricciardo and Arnett, along with special guests, will host their telecast, named The Grandstand with Daniel Ricciardo and Will Arnett for the first time on 18 June, and the pair will do it all again for the United States [Austin] and Las Vegas Grands Prix later in the season in October and November respectively.
“This is going to be a hoot!” Ricciardo said.
“As you’d expect Will and I are going to have some fun with the show, but we’re hoping it just feels like you’re watching F1 with your mates.
“We will have some amazing guests, plenty of laughs and with some luck, bring fans another step closer to the sport I love so much. Buckle up America!”
Arnett added: “The more I learn about Formula 1, the more I’m intrigued by it. The opportunity to work with Mika [Hakkinen] on my podcast was fantastic, and I’m really looking forward to doing this show with Daniel. We’re going to have fun, and so will the viewers.”
The show will be produced alongside NFL legend Peyton Manning’s company Omaha Productions, which creates the popular ‘ManningCasts’ that run alongside Monday Night Football in America as he discusses matches as they happen.