Sky F1 have announced that three young fans will front the broadcaster’s alternative coverage of the Hungarian Grand Prix in July.
As part of Sky’s commitment to offering opportunities to the next generation, the broadcaster will welcome Zac, a young kart driver, as well as Braydon and Scarlett – presenters of Sky News’ FYI news programme for children – over the Budapest weekend.
The trio of F1 juniors will join long-serving presenter Natalie Pinkham as well as 2016 F1 World Champion Nico Rosberg and ex-NASCAR/IndyCar racer Danica Patrick to present, commentate on the action and interview drivers.
Formula 1 is to provide a dedicated international feed for the event, with the inclusion of bespoke graphics and sound effects designed to enhance the viewing experience for younger audiences in the United Kingdom and Germany.
Jenson Button, the 2009 World Champion and a current member of Sky F1’s punditry lineup, said: “We are really excited about giving the next generation of F1 fans a platform to show their passion and excitement for the sport as F1 continues to grow in popularity amongst younger audiences.
“We may just find our next Crofty or Naomi Schiff!”
Ian Holmes, Formula 1’s director of media rights and content creation, added: “We want to ensure that our fans of all ages can enjoy and fall in love with Formula 1, so working with our long-standing partners at Sky on this project to target younger audiences is really exciting.
“This is a first of its kind in motorsport and I am excited to see the broadcast come to life and to watch the next generation of presenting talent!”
The Hungarian GP is to be the second high-profile sporting event involving Sky’s Juniors initiative after four children fronted alternative coverage of the Premier League football match between Brentford and Liverpool in January 2023, providing commentary and analysis alongside presenter Kelly Cates and lead commentator Seb Hutchinson.