Who is Harry Benjamin? Sky Sports F1 replacement for David Croft

Sky Sports F1 will see a new race commentator for the first time since 2012 when it gained broadcasting rights

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Harry Benjamin will be taking over the Sky Sports F1 commentary for the Formula 1 2024 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix as he replaces long-time commentator David Croft.

Benjamin, the current lead commentator for BBC Radio 5 Live after spearheading their coverage since 2022, will share his duties for three races this season to fill in for Croft.

He will take centre stage in the Sky F1 commentary box for the upcoming races in Imola along Karun Chandhok, with appearances at Austria, and Azerbaijan later in the season.

After confirming he would replace Croft back in February, Benjamin told the Sky Sports F1 Podcast: “Big shoes to fill, but I’m looking forward to it. What a track to do it at as well, Imola, and stood alongside Karun too. I’m honoured.”

Benjamin will be a familiar face for Sky Sports F1 viewers, having led their ‘Kids’ broadcast in 2023 alongside pundits Nico Rosberg and Danica Patrick, with a host of young presenters from Sky’s broadcast.

The presenter also appeared on Drive to Survive season six, which was released in March this year, where he recorded voiceovers for the on-track action shown during the Netflix hit series.

He has built up a vast portfolio working across several different motorsport series, joining the F1 broadcasting team in 2021. His work has taken him to commentate on Formula 2, Formula 3, F1 Academy and the Porsche Supercup races.

Why is David Croft missing the Imola GP?

Croft is taking a step back from some of the lead commentary duties this season as he will miss three races.

The 53-year-old announced before the start of the 2024 season that he wanted to spend more time with his family ahead of his wedding.

The race at Imola will be the first he has missed since joining Sky Sports in 2012 and the first time he has been absent from a race weekend since the birth of his son, James, clashed with the 2007 European GP.

Fans of ‘Crofty’ – as he is affectionately known in the paddock – need not fear, as the encyclopaedic F1 broadcaster will be back behind the microphone for the Monaco GP on May 26.

Joe Krishnan
Joe Krishnan
Joe Krishnan is an NCTJ-qualified journalist who has worked for a number of media organisations, including the Daily Express, The Mirror, Evening Standard, The Independent and Bleacher Report. Joe has been following F1 since when he watched Mika Hakkinen clinch the 1999 drivers' championship, and his first taste of real-life racing action was watching David Coulthard spin off into the gravel at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone in 2001.
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