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 presenter, but some people may be asking… who is Naomi Schiff?
Naomi Schiff was present at the 2022 Bahrain GP and as well as analysing the practice, the qualifying and the race, she also sat down with Lewis Hamilton for an exclusive interview, and will also present a new show on Sky Sports F1’s YouTube channel – Any Driven Monday – alongside Matt Baker.
Naomi Schiff was born in Belgium and grew up in South Africa, but now lives in the United Kingdom.
Before the F1 season began, Naomi Schiff helped Mercedes launch their 2022 F1 car, and will now be a fixture of Sky’s Formula 1 coverage in 2022.
“I’m delighted to welcome Naomi to our Sky Sports F1 team,” Billy McGinty, Director of Sky Sports F1 said.
“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.”
Racing and W Series
Naomi 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.
Schiff 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.
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.
Fans reaction to Naomi Schiff on Sky Sports F1
Naomi Schiff was the talk of social media during the 2022 Bahrain GP as Formula 1 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.
We will of course be seeing more from Naomi Schiff throughout the 2022 Formula 1 season and beyond.