Who is Naomi Schiff? Sky Sports F1 pundit

One of Sky Sports F1's regular pundits is Naomi Schiff, but who is the 29-year-old?

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The 2022 Formula 1 not only brought us brand new cars, but it also saw the debut of Naomi Schiff on Sky Sports F1 in a new role as pundit, but some people may be asking who is Naomi Schiff?

Schiff was present at the season-opening 2022 Bahrain Grand Prix and as well as analysing the practice, the qualifying and the race, she also sat down with Lewis Hamilton for an exclusive interview, and also presented a show on Sky Sports F1’s YouTube channel – Any Driven Monday – alongside Matt Baker

The 29-year-old was born in Belgium and grew up in South Africa, but now lives in Paris as she continues her role as an F1 pundit.

Before the F1 season began, Schiff helped Mercedes launch their 2022 F1 car and has since been a fixture of Sky’s Formula 1 coverage. 

“I’m delighted to welcome Naomi to our Sky Sports F1 team,” Billy McGinty, Director of Sky Sports F1 said at the time of her appointment.

“I’ve watched Naomi’s career with interest, I’m excited she’ll be contributing to our coverage and co-hosting our new YouTube show Any Driven Monday.

“Every year we strive to push the boundaries of broadcasting, whether that’s technology and innovation or multi-dimensional storytelling and this year will be no exception.

“We are seeing growth in motorsport fans year on year and it’s our role as the exclusive home of Formula 1 to continue to challenge ourselves and deliver the best coverage for our audiences, and 2021 was an exceptional season for the sport and we look forward to more excitement and drama in 2022.”

@naomischiff Instagram

Racing and W Series 

Schiff is a Rwandan-Belgian professional racing and stunt driver, who started karting at 11 years old, and is also the W Series’ Diversity and Inclusion Ambassador, having been appointed in 2020, and is a reserve driver. 

She has plenty of racing experience which she will no doubt bring to the F1 Paddock, having raced in prototype, GT and single seater cars, winning the 2014 Clip Cup Asia Championship title, the 2018 KTM GT4 X-Bow Battle Championship title and taking second place in the 2018 ADAC Zurich 24 Hours Nurburgring. 

Beyond her racing career, Schiff is a powerful advocate for change within the sport, using her platform to highlight the importance of diversity and representation in F1.

Her presence in the Sky Sports F1 punditry team not only enriches the broadcast with her technical and strategic insights but also underscores the company’s commitment to a more inclusive and representative coverage of the sport.

Naomi Schiff’s racing career

Naomi Schiff’s single seater career started at the age of 16, when she took part in the Southern African Formula Volkswagen and scored seven points over the season. In 2014, Schiff won the Clio Cup China Series after bagging 135 points and in 2018 completed the 24 Hours of Nurburgring, finishing second in her class. 

Then in 2019, Schiff competed in the inaugural season of the W Series, where she finished 16th in the championship after collecting two points for 10th place finishes in the Zolder Round and the Nuremberg round. Jamie Chadwick won the 2019 W Series title. 

W Series – Hockenheim – May 4, 2019 Germany’s Naomi Schiff before the race REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Fans reaction to Naomi Schiff on Sky Sports F1

Schiff was the talk of social media during the 2022 Bahrain GP as F1 fans were keen to discuss the new presenter on their screens. 

One fan was very complimentary: “Naomi Schiff on #SkyF1 coverage is great. Chilled and relaxed vibe and very insightful. Makes the coverage feel a complete package.”

While another commented: “Naomi Schiff is a great addition to the Sky F1 team.”

And many commented on Schiff’s inclusion as breath of fresh air on Sky Sports F1. 

Naomi Schiff is whiff of fresh air in the Sky F1 commentary team!” one fan wrote. 

Schiff remains a key part of Sky Sports F1’s coverage

Schiff is one of the most used experts by Sky Sports F1 along with Martin Brundle, Karun Chandhok, Bernie Collins and Anthony Davidson.

Brundle continues to share the commentary box with David Croft for the majority of the races. Jenson Button, Nico Rosberg, Danica Patrick and Damon Hill are used at selected as pundits.

Simon Lazenby and Natalie Pinkham are the lead presenters, with Ted Kravitz in the pit lane and Rachel Brookes in the drivers pen to interview them after qualifying and the race.

John Smith
John Smithhttps://total-motorsport.com
Editor at Total-Motorsport.com and all round Motorsport journalist specialising in Formula 1, IndyCar and Formula E.
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