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Jake Humphrey | 19:08 UK time, Monday, 26 November 2012

It feels strange to be writing my final blog as the BBC's F1 presenter, just over four years after I sat down in a nondescript office in Television Centre and was offered a job that would change my life.

However, this blog also feels like the perfect place to say farewell as it's here, and via my Twitter account, that I would hope we've taken you at home closer to the sport than ever before.

I also credit this blog with helping to change the perception of me when I first got the job. I've told the story many times of how my wife Harriet rang me in floods of tears shortly after it was announced I was taking on the F1 presenting gig.

She'd read on the BBC website about 12 trillion messages saying I'd be rubbish. Some of them under the headline: 'Sack Jake Humphrey Now'. This was a full four months before I hosted my first show!

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Jake Humphrey (left) with BBC F1 co-presenters David Coulthard (middle) and Eddie Jordan. Photo: Getty  

I like to the think you and I were sharing things via this blog long before Twitter, and the access it offers, became so popular. Uploading 'behind-the-scenes' photos, video of my talkback during a live show and honest pieces written on planes, trains and automobiles around the globe.

I really do credit this blog with part of the change in the perception of me back in late 2008 and early 2009. I wanted to put out the message that I was a lucky F1 fan, a normal guy, who had been given this incredible opportunity and I wanted you to be a real part of it.

Mind you, that's not to say I've managed to please everybody - and as my Dad says: "You can't please all the people all of the time, Jacob"!

All I hope is that after four years living this life, you think I gave it my all and tried to bring something new to the table. To coin a boxing phrase, I am content in the knowledge that after four years I walk away having 'left nothing in the ring'.

And what a four years it has been. The lows have been so few that I can barely count them on one hand, the highs so frequent I could write another book.

One of my fondest memories was being in the pit-lane for our first show in Australia in 2009 when good old Martin Brundle joined us and remarked that it looked like EJ, DC and myself had been working together for years. And I must admit it always felt that way. Right from the day we first met.

One of the things I shall miss the most is hearing 'The Chain' blasting down our earpieces; the adrenaline would start to kick-in, it was time to go to work. At that point the three of us went through a little ritual. We'd get in a huddle, bump fists and say to each other '20%, you ready?'.

This mantra stems from a conversation we had with a TV expert way back at the start who told David and Eddie that they need to be themselves on the TV, with an 'extra 20% of everything'. Just as Fleetwood Mac, died away it seemed the perfect time to gee each other up. We did it every race from then on.

It has been a pleasure to share this job with DC and EJ. I always knew, as I looked across at them just as the director was about to say 'cue', that we'd have a great show because I had two stars by my side. Enthusiasm, knowledge and a real sense of adventure.

Never will I meet a man more mischievous than Eddie or one more able to deliver a dead-pan gag than David. It's a pleasure to call them both my friends, and been a pleasure to share the TV with two men who have become broadcasters over our time together, with a real sense of what the audience at home want to hear or learn.

Another high-point for me is the multiple occasions I've been left almost open-mouthed at the stunning access the sport offers broadcasters.

I love the fact we can be live in the pit-lane as the cars leave the garages (sorry if the engines have drowned us out on occasions!), that on the grid moments before the race we can interview the pole-sitting driver, or that a team boss of a winning team will join us immediately the race has concluded. Long may it continue.

My fondest memory of such access to drivers was Jenson Button in the Brawn garage in Interlagos in 2009, moments after he'd become the Champion Of The World in Brazil. You see, Brawn GP hadn't wanted to confirm the plan if he won the title, as they thought it might jinx his chances.

For weeks we asked 'how do we get him if he wins' but no answer was forthcoming. Until the Sunday itself and we were told if we're in the garage at a certain time, we would get him.

And we did, as he appeared with that 1000-yard stare, stinking of champagne, adrenaline clearly pumping through him at a rate of knots. His dream realised. The interview that followed was honest, raw and incredibly memorable.

I'd also drop into the mix EJ being thrown in the Red Bull pool in Monaco as DC clung onto the railing wailing 'no, I'm wearing BBC equipment'. We all knew it was the white jeans he was worried about!

Sebastian Vettel crying live on the BBC after wrapping up title number two in Japan, as we played him a VT of the past double-champions, was a stand-out moment.

And on the other end of the scale a very honest Heikki Kovalainen this weekend making it clear he looks unlikely to be an F1 driver next season. Doesn't sport stir the emotions like nothing else?

Taking on this job there was a great deal to live up to. Walking in the footsteps of a man as talented and loved as Murray Walker, following a professional such as Steve Rider, and being a BBC Sport presenter like my hero Des Lynam. If I could be half the broadcaster as the men I've just mentioned I'd be a very happy man.

However, above that, the real responsibility is because of you guys reading this. The British F1 fans are simply the best in the world. I will forever remember our wing-walking, our three-man bike ride and the hot-air balloon adventure ahead of the British Grand Prix, because they all gave me a real sense of the passion and love for this sport in the UK.

The queues to get into wet car parks on the Wednesday night, the crowds at the main gate waiting for the drivers at 7am on a Thursday morning, and the parties that go on late into Sunday evening.

The wing-walking was particularly special as when I wasn't holding on for dear life or laughing at a petrified EJ, I was looking down at packed out car parks and a busy A43.

You guys are the very best in the world. Knowledgeable, passionate, and rightly protective of a sport that was born right here in the UK. I think that is why being accepted by you, the F1 fans, meant so much to me.

Next year I will be joining you at Silverstone so keep your eyes peeled for a lanky bloke in the grandstand, and do come and say hi.

So, time to sign off, and what a way to do so. I thought Abu Dhabi this year was one of the greatest races I'd ever seen, but I think Brazil might have topped even that.

The whole paddock took a collective gasp as Sebastian got spun on lap 1. I thought Ben Edwards's reaction in the commentary box of 'It's Sebastian Vettel!!' with complete disbelief in his voice just summed up the mood of everyone watching.

Fernando Alonso was incredible all year. Is he the best currently? Is he perhaps the best ever? Lewis Hamilton could have won the final few races, and the title, with more luck and better reliability. Mercedes have a hell of a talent to work with in 2013.

However, Sebastian Vettel is now a member of a club with just three members - and deservedly so. His drives in Abu Dhabi and again in Brazil were masterful at times. And I can also tell you that off-camera he is engaging, honest and thoroughly likeable. I wonder how many titles he will win? When Mark Webber was his age he hadn't even made his F1 bow.

Anyway, like most of my blogs, this one has been written, cramped into a plane seat at 30,000ft, and as we're moments from landing I guess I'd better sign off.

However, before I do, let me answer a much-asked question. That of 'why would you leave F1?'

Well, contrary to some reports it not due to the rights change bombshell that hit us in 2011. Of course, not doing every race live was tough because that is where I think I and the team excel.

Losing the ability to be right in the heart of the story at the moment it was unfolding always pained me.

However, I am actually really happy that I was part of the past season. A year where our live show viewing figures were remarkably strong, and for a large audience it seems that highlights going out at a decent time of day is an attractive option.

The past 12 months the BBC has been, by far, the most watched Formula One coverage in the UK, and that is testament to an incredible production team who will continue to make great TV. They are the best I've ever worked with.

I'm now ready for a new challenge - both personally and professionally.

On a professional level I am incredibly excited about hosting the Premier League for BT Vision from next season. Just like in 2008 when I was offered the F1 job, it's a chance to test myself.

I feel I've taken the F1 job as far as I can; it's someone else's turn now with fresh energy and ideas. Meanwhile, football is our national sport, chances like this are rare, and I'll be hosting coverage of the greatest league, with the greatest teams in the world.

I'm also really excited that I'll continue to work for the BBC and explore opportunities with other broadcasters, something I've never had the chance to do before.

Another compelling factor is that instead of Singapore I'll be in Sunderland, Manchester rather than Melbourne and Chelsea rather than China. And in 2013 that will become vital for me.

Harriet and I are expecting our first child and I need, and want, to be there for them both. Harriet texted me over the weekend, the simple message: "I've missed you the last four years." It hit home.

So, my time doing what I consider to be one of the greatest jobs in broadcasting is over. And my advice to the incredibly blessed person who will succeed me is simple.

Make this your life, not your job, and most important of all...savour it.

Thanks for the past four years, see you around.


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  • Comment number 1.

    I grew up watching you on CBBC! Oh, time flies. Best of luck Jake. -insert virtual hand shake-

  • Comment number 2.

    Great blog. Not sure the BBC coverage will be the same!

  • Comment number 3.

    A simple message: thank you Jake. And good luck!

  • Comment number 4.

    Thanks for the smiles, laughs and yes, tears that you and the team have given me over the past four years. Brilliant coverage of a brilliant sport. I understand why you're going and commend you for your care for your family, but you'll be sadly missed. Best of luck Mr Humphrey x

  • Comment number 5.

    Jake, as ever a piece written from the heart. I congratulate you for the last four years of brilliant coverage. You added a new dimension to F1 coverage on TV, the chemistry between you DC & EJ was tangible which added to the enjoyment.

    Very sad to see you go and wish you all the very best in both your professional and personal life.

    I wonder, will you ever sit in the comfy chair ???

  • Comment number 6.

    No Jake, thank you. It has been brilliant. Best of luck in the future.

  • Comment number 7.

    Also, is Bernie really going to be your replacement?!

  • Comment number 8.

    You realise you are breaking the best triple act since the Thee Stooges....for Football, worst sport on the Planet!!

    I've said before that you three changed the way F1 is viewed and we're all richer for the experience. Can you bring in someone else to complement DC and Eddie because as you walk away to pastures new, they are F1 for many of us now, I pray the BBC see sense and keep them together.

    Thanks for four years of F1 Jake, while it's only football I wish you the best but wish you were staying put! Good luck to you and Harriet and your new family and thanks for the memories......the look on your face when JB kissed you at Interlagos after he won the world title was brilliant!! Good Luck!

  • Comment number 9.

    You will be missed Jake. The BBC do and always will do it better than anyone else.

  • Comment number 10.

    Best of luck in your professional and personal life - have not always agreed with your on-screen comments or presentation style but you were still one hell of a lot better than the guy we have to put up with on SKY F1 !!

  • Comment number 11.

    Thanks for the last 4 years. The BBC coverage with you, EJ and DC bought me back to watching F1 after I felt it got boring and predictable. Hearing you on the Chris Moyles show, with your obvious enthusiasm made me want to watch more, especially the F1 Forum. I live in the US now, and have to go to fairly ridiculous lengths to watch the BBC coverage, but, it's worth it. All the best for the future, but seriously, Sunderland over Singapore?? ;-)

  • Comment number 12.

    You'll be missed - that was a wonderful way to sign off. You shared info without patronising, you entertained without becoming cheesy. You may not have had the style of EJ's shirts - but that's no bad thing...

    Best of luck in the future - you're a grafter and grafters should always succeed.

  • Comment number 13.

    Jake, thank you for the best four year of Formula 1 broadcasting I can remember. You along with the rest of the BBC F1 team have done such a tremendous job. The person lucky enough to step into your shoes has a massive task ahead of them! I think it's safe to say that Lee McEnzie is the fan favourite right now, but time will.

    I will miss you on race weekends next year, but I fully understand your desire to spend more time at home. Especially if you are expecting your first child... Congratulations! It's just a shame you had to leave us for football :-)

    Thanks again!

  • Comment number 14.

    Jake and the team have delivered an amazing 4 years for Formula 1 coverage.

    I met Jake (very briefly) at Goodwood, and about to go up the hill, he still had time for a bit of banter.

    Wish you all the best for the future! And thank you for bringing F1 right to my living room.


  • Comment number 15.

    I've never tweeted or commented before but on your departure I felt the time was right. You've made me cry again reading this, as you did yesterday and the end of season last year. I've enjoyed every f1 minute and along with EJ and DC I can only say than you to you all. BBC F1 never bettered!

  • Comment number 16.

    So nice to see someone in TV land understanding what's really important in life. How many have exchanged a meaningful relationship with their partner and children in the desperate struggle to keep their faded grins on our screens?

    Really enjoyed your CBBC stint and on F1, and while I don't get BT Vision, I'm sure you will return to Auntie at some stage.

    Best of luck in the future.

  • Comment number 17.

    Thanks Jake, I feel like I know you best of luck see you at Silverstone1

  • Comment number 18.

    You and the whole team deserve great credit for your approach to the sport. Objective and factual without the fluff Sky require to justify the 600 quid needed to enjoy such a captivating sport. The decision to cut the amount of live coverage was a disaster for Auntie. Free to air F1 is a must for the dedicated fans who want to watch it. I for one will NEVER give Murdoch and co a penny of my money. Great job all of you and all the best to you and ur new family Jacob.

  • Comment number 19.

    Funnily enough, before 2008 I would have classed myself as a 'fan' of F1 only in the sense that I enjoyed it when there was a first-corner crash (or similar). It has been an education watching yourself, DC and Eddie over that time and I am now despaired of by friends and family as having a growing addiction to the sport. Thank you and best of luck for the future (especially the parenting)!

  • Comment number 20.

    Jake, I was one of those who thought that you were not up to the job! You proved me wrong. You will be missed and I wish you all the best for the future.

  • Comment number 21.

    Good luck for the future Jake....have to say my initial reaction on hearing you got the job was one of surprise, but you've done a great job.

    However, Lee Mckenzie is considerably nicer to look at than you so if she gets the job I'll cope with your absence (horribly sexist thing to say, very much tongue in cheek, she's also extremely knowledgeable)!

  • Comment number 22.

    All the best for the future, both personally and professionally. I think you, EJ and DC made it fun and easy for the casual viewer to get, and you can tell how much you were respected in the paddock. I know Lee will probably get the job (and I love her) but I'd love to see Will Buxton get some role with the BBC, be it yours or Lee's role.

  • Comment number 23.

    Meant to say.....probably the only better job in the world than watching F1 cars is being a dad. Congratulations.

  • Comment number 24.

    Thanks for the memories, Jake. Wishing you all the luck and happiness for the future.

  • Comment number 25.

    Thank you Jake for everything. The BBC1 team and coverage has been fantastic and I will so miss the rapport you had with Eddie and David. F1 had a new level of fun with you guys. Whoever fills your boots has massive boots to fill! Congratulations on the new job and addition to your family and best of luck for the future x

  • Comment number 26.

    Jake your last blog was brilliant to read. You have been a legend presenting the one sport I love so much - whoever takes your place will have their work cut out. Thank you mate for the last 4 years which have flown and I wish you, Harriet and your new baby all the very best in the world. Not sure my F1 will be the same again. Take mate and all the best.

  • Comment number 27.

    Best of luck with the footy - BBC F1 won't be the same without you!

  • Comment number 28.

    I've never commented on a blog before, and whilst I've spent a not inconsiderable chunk of my life watching sport on TV, neither have I ever felt particularly drawn in by the way it has been presented. I'd like to take the opportunity now though, to say that your work presenting F1 has genuinely had me laughing, crying and experiencing the ups and downs of the amazing stories as if I were there myself, and as if I had won the respect and admiration of all of the remarkable individuals in the sport - just as you clearly have.

    Personally, I couldn't understand (and was saddened by) your decision to move to presenting football. However, you've only gone and made me understand completely, with what is a wonderfully honest blog entry.

    Best of luck with everything that the future holds - and thanks.

  • Comment number 29.


    I have watched you, EJ, DC and other BBC crew on F1 for the last 4 years, and the coverage has been amazing, and the banter and laughter between you and your co-presenters has been brilliant to look at...... work permitting and coverage permitting, I have been watching BBC coverage over Sky coverage this year, and even with the non-live events, the coverage has been top notch. You will be missed on BBC F1 coverage next year, but best of luck in your new venture and on the arrival of your first child (think you said it was due on 17/3, St Patrick's Day!).

  • Comment number 30.

    If your contract is non-exclusive...get your arse back in F1 !! know you want to! ;-) Quite simply the best tv presenter about at the moment. A gent and a true professional. See you next season LOL

  • Comment number 31.

    You have been utterly fantastic Jake and through the blog and Twitter you have given us fans, in turn, the insight and access you describe above. Thank you for the incredible job you have done and the way you have mixed the scoops and stories with humour and humanity. Yesterday was not only a great Grand Prix but a great watch thanks to you and the team. It's been that bond between you, EJ and DC that has been the backbone of the BBC's coverage and made it such an easy watch. I hope that your wife is now able to read the congratulatory messages on here. All the very best to you and your wife for the new arrival, and see you on BT Vision matey.

  • Comment number 32.

    This is one of the few times I have read Jake's blog and its very engaging ... I have seen the coverage of F1 on Sky and the BBC and although Sky's coverage is very good , the BBC is like in so many things ' class ' . I thought the combination of Jake / EJ and DC had a natural harmony and it was always a running amusement to see the 3 men standing side by side . Its a great shame to see Jake leave the glamour of F1 and the extraordinary closeness the sport provides which is unlike most other sports to the obscurity of BT Football , particularly as I think so many in the country are disenchanted with football .

  • Comment number 33.

    Not until I saw the Sky F1 prog did I realise just what a slick outfit you guys had become, and just what a great rapport you created with the teams. There was a special chemistry, and it will be sad to see that disappear. Good luck with your future projects, Jake.

  • Comment number 34.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, that's for the 4 years you've been there at the helm. Loved it Jake.....All the best at BT and of course in your even more demanding roll 'as a daddy'. Best wishes to you and Harriet, tell her thank you for letting us share you for the last 4 years.

  • Comment number 35.

    Jake, you have been a breath of fresh air and too be honest we have not missed Martin at all since he left. I'm sorry you have departed but you have left some great memories. F1 is a great sport and it is helped by professionals like yourself. BBC still gives the best coverage and hopefully will continue to.

    All the best Jake and roll on the next season.

  • Comment number 36.

    I have really enjoyed watching F1 and the Three Amigos - JH, EJ & DC. I have to say the boy done good and will be sorely missed, probably more so than your predecessors, MW & MB. Now you are taking on Motty & Lineker; Go get'em!
    Your priorities are spot on - Congratulations to you both, savour every minute!

  • Comment number 37.

    Jake thank you for the last four years. You've made F1 Sundays a must watch. Football's gain is F1's loss. Wishing you, Harriet and your up and coming new bundle of joy a great life!!!

  • Comment number 38.

    A big thank you for the last 4 years Jake, I fell out of love with F1 a little this year after the BBC/Sky split, but I was reminded why I love it so much this weekend, and it's hard to imagine the BBC coverage without you.

    Good luck at BT and (more importantly) with the new addition to the family!

  • Comment number 39.

    Thanks for the great work in F1 Jake (and also for your Olympics coverage, where you and Clare Balding were the star presenters), it's a shame to lose you to the football world - try not to think too fondly about Monaco, Singapore, Abu Dhabi, Melbourne, Suzuka and Interlagos when you're in Wigan on a wet and cold February day!

  • Comment number 40.

    Jake, if you could give me a recommendation, I'd happily take on the challenge. ;)

    It's been great watching the F1 dream team that yourself, David and Eddie (and Jenson in a cameo role) have formed. I hope your replacement can generate as much love as you have been able to - you've all changed the way the sport is appreciated and I think many other sports could do with the same treatment.


  • Comment number 41.

    Ive always watched the bbc f1 coverage rather than sky sports f1 i think jake made the bbc f1 coverage the best he has 2 pals which will im sure miss we all will jake hope you take care of yourself

  • Comment number 42.

    Jake, wishing you every success in your future job and fatherhood!

    The BBC coverage of F1 will not be the same without you but you've done a great job & you should be proud of everything you've achieved with EJ and DC.

  • Comment number 43.

    Thank you, Jake. You have excelled over the last four years and you'll be much missed. I was upset when Martin & Ted jumped ship but you, DC & EJ have more than compensated for his loss. Ben's commentary was always accurate and entertaining, Gary got better as the last season progressed and the whole BBC coverage was admirable. My wife and I love F1 with a passion, sadly we hate football with a similar passion! Once your F1 Tweets end I shall, sadly, unfollow you on Twitter. Come back soon, (you'll get bored with football soon I'm sure), you will always be welcomed within the F1 family...! Thanks fella!

  • Comment number 44.

    Jake,if you think the last four years have been great just wait for the next four.Nothing,and I mean nothing can even come close to becoming a father.Enjoy every second of it.Good luck to you and your wife and baby Humphrey.

  • Comment number 45.

    You are good man Jake. Great blog. All the best for the future.

  • Comment number 46.

    Sad to see you leave Jake, the past 4 years have been fantastic, especially this season as I admit I thought the BBC coverage would go downhill after Brundle left but you, EJ and DC have been thoroughly enjoyable to watch, the best of luck to you and you're family for the future.

  • Comment number 47.

    Been a long time since I've posted on this site.

    I've moaned a lot about the BBC coverage this year (and I still haven't got used to it). I elected not to get Sky on the basis that the way my television is set up meant it would have been impractical - nothing to do with money.

    If Lee McKenzie's presentation in Canada, Germany, and Hungary (I think that's it) is a taste of what's to come, then I'm really disheartened. From what I've seen of Sky's coverage, she wasn't anywhere near either you, Jake, or Sky's presenter, Simon.

    Good luck for the future - but I really would have liked to have seen you play table tennis against Simon Lazenby (Sky's presenter) with your iPads.

  • Comment number 48.

    Just wanted to say thank you Jake- you brought a refreshing face to the BBC coverage, and you will be sorely missed! The fact that you were one of us, an avid fan doing the dream job will inspire many I'm sure that if they work hard can achieve, go far & travel the world! Wishing you all the best, especially with the arrival of a sprog- you'll be up watching those early morning gp's whilst getting the little one back to sleep!

  • Comment number 49.

    I have thoroughly enjoyed the BBC F1 team the last few years. I thought the chemistry between Jake, DC and E. Jordan was fantastic. Good luck, Jake in your next project and congratulations and best wishes to you and your wife on the great baby news.

  • Comment number 50.

    What a season, what a finale. If ever there was a race to sign off with, that was the one.

    Thank you for four years of amazing coverage and helping to create some great sporting memories - Jenson Button's championship win, Sebastian Vettel becoming double and now triple champion and all the moments along the way paved the way to their victories and those of the other drivers.

    You, DC and Eddie (and Lee) have brought a new dimension to the sport, a human edge. This is something that is so easily lost in the cut and thrust of events. It'll be a shame to see the 3 amigos seperated, but as with all things in life, there comes a time when things have to move on, people need a new challenge, circumstances change - no-one should begrudge anyone that. You can look back on 4 successful fun seasons that have entertained millions and look forward to the many joys your future will bring.

    How am I going to remember the last 4 years? Currently there's a blank wall in front of my desk; one that has been crying out for something to brighten it up for nearly 4 years. Sitting looking at that wall over the past few weeks, I realised what it needed. I think you tweeted #SebRuinedJakesShirt. I think the general reply was #SebTurnedJakesShirtIntoAnAuctionItem. I'm going to have some serious explaining to do to my other half when it graces that wall, but every time things get a bit mundane, I'll look up and think about the excitement of the season, the comedy moments, EJ's taste in clothing - something that'll bring a smile to my face. Seb asked if that shirt was expensive - the answer is it's priceless.

    Good luck to you, Harriet and the little one and thank you for 4 brilliant years.

  • Comment number 51.

    Self-congratulatory in the extreme. Why does everybody think they're a celebrity (and try to associate themselves with those that are...)? Loved the line about writing 'another' book... says it all. Fifteen minutes over. Go join James Allen.

  • Comment number 52.

    Good luck Jake with your next adventures. I've loved watching the 3 amigos, especially on the forum. Like others have said the uniqueness of going behind-the-scenes of F1 gives the sport an edge where other sports don't. I never thought I'd say this but I prefer F1 over football these days!

  • Comment number 53.

    Jake, We will really miss you. Even though we are not in UK, we in Canada have really followed F1 through BBC and will miss u a lot. All the very best for your future endeavors, will keep on following you through Twitter. Take care, Naveen Kaushik, Toronto, Canada

  • Comment number 54.

    Jake. We'll miss you. You've made the last few years a true pleasure.

  • Comment number 55.

    Congratulations Jake. You did succeed in being just a normal down to earth guy lucky enough to work in F1. You also brought that world closer to us at home and your blogs were entertaining and very enjoyable. Sorry that you are leaving but best wishes for your new career and to you, Harriett and the new baby. It may amuse you to know that I recently spoke to someone who was adamant that they'd seen all the races live on the BBC this year; it goes down to 10 live races in 2013! Well done!

  • Comment number 56.

    Loved your relaxed and genuine persona, but saying that if its someone of Bernie's stature replacing you then that can only be good news for EJ's and the driver's necks, all the best to the both of you on the new arrival and good luck with the next chapter of your career, alas I wont be watching, like my rugby too much I'm afraid. Nick

  • Comment number 57.

    Thank you Jake, your presenting over the past years has been amazing... I'm still disheartened at the BBC/Sky split, but I watched the US GP on Sky F1 at a pub the other week and the coverage is considerably worse (apart from Brundle of course)! You EJ and DC give F1 reporting character and make the pre and post analysis exciting. Every feature and interview is a laugh, it's great! You'll be sorely missed and your replacement has a huge task on their hands.. Good luck at BT and at being a Dad, you'll be great!

  • Comment number 58.

    You will be sadly missed Jake, the coverage will poorer by your absence. Whoever follows in your shoes will a tough but enviable job. Best of luck with the future and here's to the sleepless nights when the little one arrives!

  • Comment number 59.

    Great presenting team and some fantastic memories of you guys and your antics over the years. I don't watch football so all the best for the future Jake.

  • Comment number 60.

    Jake and the team. You beat the dribble that Sky pour out and the 3 of you had some fantastic banter.
    The most memorable moment for me was when the 3 of you interviewed Jenson at the end of his Brazil victory. Jenson looked directly into your eyes and kissed you.
    You have a friend for life there.
    All the best for your future, if ever you come to comment on Accrington Stanley, let me know!

  • Comment number 61.

    Change is good, the current team is better than the last, and the next team will be better still.

  • Comment number 62.

    Simply thanks Jake. Thanks for entertaining and educating us and making Sunday afternoons that bit more special. Good luck for the future.

  • Comment number 63.

    Awesome blog as usual Jake. You have helped make the last 4 years so much fun, some of the moments with you, EJ and DC have been so much fun. You have brought us closer to the sport and i thankyou for that. Good luck and enjoy being a dad

  • Comment number 64.

    I was also a none believer, Jake. But I applaud the whole effort by the BBC, despite the unfortunate failure to maintain 100% live coverage. That said, the extended highlights have been excellent and iPlayer has changed how I watch completely. If you look at it as a whole, DC, Eddie and yourself have done an amazing job and made it all the more enjoyable, whilst clearly building a wonderful rapport with key figures in the paddock. So thank you greatly for your contribution, but let it be said, nothing is quite like working for the beeb, and your lucky not to be completely cutting all your connections. Parenthood looming, I wish you well, and can you pull some strings and get Liverpool matches shown earlier on MOTD, now you're a football man! Cheers.

  • Comment number 65.

    Good luck with everything Jake! It was a pleasure to watch you, DC and EJ!! Best F1 coverage in the world!!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 66.

    Good luck Jake, will be missed. You guys show Sky how to do it properly.

  • Comment number 67.

    Well done Jake you have been fantastic over the last 4 years and perhaps the best presenter of the sport ever. Formula 1 is an amazing sport but Jake, EJ and DC made it even better

  • Comment number 68.

    Everything about this F1 coverage has been about engaging the audience. The weekend started with Jake educating Aled about the F1 world and ended with the F1 forum. Unbelievable to compare this with its immediate predecessor and the level of access. You could see that drivers, managers and teams appreciated what the BBC has achieved and as fans we always received a 120% output. It seems right to see F1 continue to evolve but a shame the dream team will be no longer together and best luck to you Jake on your many new adventures!

  • Comment number 69.

    thank you,all the best for the future.

  • Comment number 70.

    Jacob, you made F1 become apart of my life. I plan to become apart of one of those teams in the next few years - watch this space, your replacement could be interviewing me.
    As much as people say I'm mad for getting up at dawn on Saturdays and Sundays, it's all worth it getting to see the sport of f1.
    Hearing the raw of the chain, while sitting in the dark wrapped in my duvet, and the guy who says "Round 1 Australia", then seeing you, EJ and DC in some awesome vt, it's all part of the fun.
    You will be missed in the paddock because of you expert skills when presenting, but I look forward to you presenting the arsenal games next season. And perhaps making the odd appearance at Grand Prix weekends - you can't keep away forever.
    So Mr Humphrey, you'll be missed when the Canadian Grand Prix goes on for 4 hours 4 miniutes, but I can't say I don't look forward to the 2013 season - it gets better all the time.
    It's not goodbye, more like see you later and you could always follow me on twitter @jackwilliamking (I follow you, and you have left f1).
    Good luck mr Jake Humphrey.

  • Comment number 71.

    Thank you Jake for providing us with all the brilliant memories on track and off it. You along with EJ and DC must be so proud in revolutionising the presentation of a sport that has so many angles and unbelievably I think you covered almost all of them. The rappore between you DC and EJ was incredibly real and it really did look like you were having the greatest time in the world.

    Good luck with your new presenting duties and most importantly best wishes to you, your wife and your new family.

  • Comment number 72.

    A little comment copied from your blog to sum up parenthood.....

    "Make this your life, not your job, and most important of all...savour it."

  • Comment number 73.

    Congrats on a job well done, Good luck for the future

  • Comment number 74.

    From one great adventure to another.. Parenthood. All the very best to you and your family.

  • Comment number 75.

    well done mate, you did a great job, proved the naysayers wrong and helped take F1 coverage to a whole new level, won't be the same without you. Thanks for some great memories and good luck with the new job.

  • Comment number 76.

    Good times, your quote of "don't be sad it's over, just be glad it happened" has hit a cord. Well Jake on the last 4 years. Look after your nest and your new little Canary. I will say hi should I'm fortunate enough to bump in to you.

  • Comment number 77.

    Well done Jake - you will be sorely missed. However times move on, so how about this for a replacement. Move DC into your role and if the unthinkable happens, sign up Heikki Kovalainen to make up the trio. DC brilliant. Heikki good command of English and very popular with the teams and a great knowledge of current F1 cars! Just a sugegstion. Good luck Jake.

  • Comment number 78.

    Jake you are by far one of the Best presenters the BBC have, and the knowledge you have on Formula 1 is in my view better than EJ's. You are also a credit to the BBC and you will be very much missed. P.S you are by far a lot better than that Idiot Simon Lazenby on Sky sports F1. Good luck with the football and also becoming a proud dad.

  • Comment number 79.

    As an old and wizened F1 fan from way back in the early 60's I can assure you it wasn't anything to do with your blogging or twitter account. It was the ease of delivery. The slick dovetailing of set pieces. And the fact that you came across as simply a nice bloke who loves F1 as much as the rest of us.

    Thanks Jake. It's been a real pleasure. Good luck in the next chapter of your career.

  • Comment number 80.

    Eddie will still try to get you to do some ghost writing for him. :)

    Great job and I suppose the biggest compliment, is that you will be a hard act to follow.

  • Comment number 81.

    Good work fella.

  • Comment number 82.

    Im sad to hear you are leaving Jake.
    When it was announced the BBC would take the rights in 2008, I dont think i even muttered your name as Presenter, I thought Steve Rider would move with it and to be honest when you was announced I was suprised but I thought it was a good move, I though ' Ive seen him before, he'll be a good choice' and you was, I felt all those idiots on the blogs berating you saying you was a astupid choice was ridculous and how you proved them all wrong, you are a F1 Fan like the rest of us, professional, calm, collective and keeping DC and EJ in check every weekend.
    I sadly decided to shun the BBC's coverage this year for Sky Sports and Sky had it all except one thing - A decent Presenter, I was not really pleased with Simon Lazenby and I actually wondered if Sky Sports did actually tempt you to jump, I think I read you stayed at the BBC to do the Olympics which you couldnt be faulted for, you was great in that as you were in F1.
    Plus for your replacement, I dont think it will be the same, I fear your departure with the 10 Races Live will see the BBC further chipping away at F1 and we need a presenter like yourself to rescue the BBC's Coverage : Mark Pougatch & Lee McKenzie would be great people to slip into the role to keep F1 on the BBC, Lee espically with her knowledge of the Sport.
    Reading your reason why you are leaving, cant be blamed, Harriet needs you and you need Harriet and BT are very serious about Football and picked a decent presenter who loves the Sports he has covered.
    Thanks Jake for the memories of BBC F1, we will miss you sadly!

  • Comment number 83.

    I've really enjoyed Formula 1 on the BBC for the last 4 years, thanks mainly to your presentation and the way that you EJ and DC jelled together which made for superb viewing, especially the Forum - Thanks and best wishes for the future, I'm sure you will make a great success of that.
    Congratulations to you and Harriet on the forthcoming arrival!

  • Comment number 84.

    Jake, all the best with the new job but much more importantly the new arrival. Being at home at this time is the best thing you will do. I think the three amigos worked a treat together and that is what made BBC F1 the best on the box.

  • Comment number 85.

    Oh dear tears are starting to well up, good luck with the baby. I will miss you and the great rapport you have with EJ and DC. I too remember when Button won, another tearful moment. Luckily we have BT Vision so we will still see you, can't you take the other two musketeers with you, it would be a laugh seeing EJ running on to the pitch to grab the goal scorer!

  • Comment number 86.

    I commented on your first blog to wish you good luck, so I'll comment on your last to say well done. Top job, you've raised the bar.

  • Comment number 87.

    Jake, first time I've responded to any blog ever, no thank you for the last four years it has been our pleasure, whoever follows you has massive shoes to fill. All the best.

  • Comment number 88.

    I have been watching F1 for for years, BBC, ITV then back to BBC (bit sad they sold their soul to sky) and have to say over the past 4 yrs E.J, David and yourself have made it even more fun, technical and at times emotional.

    It always felt like we all had front row seat every wknd and feel sorry for your replacement as you have left big boots to fill.

    Good luck and all the best for when your little angel arrives.


  • Comment number 89.

    Thank you for the last few seasons, and good luck.

  • Comment number 90.

    Great job. Well done and thank you.

  • Comment number 91.

    The last few years of F1 have been fabulous. That is as much due to the BBC's superb coverage as anything else. Jake, you have always struck me as an excellent presenter. A true professional. Thanks so much for your efforts and the best of luck in your new job. You will be missed in F1.

  • Comment number 92.

    My children are 5 and 3 and are big fans, they always say hello to Jakey Wakey Woo Woo - they have always called you that! They are also big Vettel fans so yesterday was spent trying to explain the ever changing championship position & you leaving. We knew about the baby so they understood your reasoning and they did say goodbye and tell you that they won't see you again as we don't have your new channel. But just in case the magic of tv hasn't worked and you didn't hear them ;-) Goodbye, Good luck and Thank you from 2 very small viewers x

  • Comment number 93.

    Thanks Jake, great job! You really brought something special to F1, and you will be missed. Best of luck for the future and your new endeavours.

  • Comment number 94.

    I was reading your blog and for some reason your reasons for moving on weren't ringing true, until I got to the end. That is the only reason you need and respect to you for leaving a gig you clearly love to take being a dad seriously, you will never regret it trust me!!

  • Comment number 95.

    I wish I had approached you in the Starbucks in Austin and said thank you for the great show that you and the team put together. I've watched formula one for many years and I can't remember ever enjoying the pre and post race show as much as the race itself. As for your departure, the show will be poorer for it! Good luck in your new endeavours.

  • Comment number 96.

    Thank you so much for the past 4 years Jake. I hope that the sheer number of comments/responses go some way to confirm for you that you are well loved and all your work truly enjoyed and appreciated.

    Excellent job, thanks for everything - you've set a high benchmark.

  • Comment number 97.

    Top job JH.... Cheers!

  • Comment number 98.

    All the best Jake it's been a great 4 years watching DC, EN and yours truly educate the viewing public about the finer side of F1 and entertaining us all with the banter and shirts of many colours. Good luck on BT vision (recommended viewing) and especially to you and Harriet on your upcoming family addition

  • Comment number 99.

    I now fear for the BBC coverage. When you watch people interviewed by yourself, EJ, DC or Lee, compared to the opposition you feel the warmth towards you guys from everyone. In the world the rest (F1) live in you never got drawn in, star struck, overwhelmed or big headed. BIG TY & Good luck with your enlarged family....Sunderland instead of Singapore?

  • Comment number 100.

    Thank you for much for a great 4 years Jake. You have done an amazing job. We are all very sad to see you go. Your successor has some very big shoes to fill!

    We will miss you! Come back soon!


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