You know him, you love him…Will Buxton will join Speed TV as the new pitlane reporter taking Peter Windsor’s place for 2010. Here is the presser:

The familiar faces of Bob Varsha, David Hobbs and Steve Matchett once again will lead the SPEED/FOX Sports Formula One broadcast team as SPEED rolls into its 15th year as the exclusive U.S. cable broadcaster of the FIA Formula One World Championship, beginning with live coverage of the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix on March 14 at 7:30 a.m. ET. One face, however, will be new to the U.S. viewing audience.

Will Buxton, the 29-year-old founding editor of GPWeek magazine, will report from the grid, replacing Peter Windsor, whose efforts remain focused on his start-up US F1 project.

“First up, I’ve got to admit that I’m just massively excited about the whole thing,” said Buxton, who will join the team shortly after he and wife Emma welcome their first child. “It’s a huge honor to be joining the SPEED team, and in particular to be doing so at the start of what could be an incredible era in the history of Formula 1.

“F1 is a bit of a soap opera at times,” Buxton added. “As a journalist it’s what makes the sport such a joy to report on. There’s always something going on in the background, and I won’t shy away from doing my best to get to the heart of every issue. That said, I don’t think that my job at SPEED is simply to report the news. Far from it. As one of the lucky few who can actually get into the F1 paddock, I think that probably my biggest responsibility is to open it all up to the American fans: to invite them in, sit them down, introduce them to a few people and show them what’s going on. It’s the fans that make this sport, so my job is to give them the access they deserve.”

According to Varsha, the SPEED team is welcoming its newest member with open arms.

“It’s always a good sign when a job interview turns into a ‘bench racing’ session that goes beyond the appointed time,” Varsha said. “That’s what we shared with Will when he visited our SPEED studios. Despite being the youngest member of our lineup, he’s a veteran of television and print with experience of both Formula One and GP2. I look forward to working with him on what should be another thrilling and unpredictable grand prix season.”

Buxton, from Great Britain, served as the GP2 press officer from 2004 to the end of the 2007 season, and was sole communications/media representative for 2006 and 2007 He has been covering single-seater racing (F1, GP2, F2 and F3) since 2002.

Westbury Gillett will fill in for Buxton for the first few races of the season.

In 2010, will increase its Formula One offerings, highlighted by a new fantasy game — SPEED Fantasy Racing: GP Edition — and a selection of video clips from practice, qualifying and race coverage. In addition will introduce an enhanced stats package and continue with RaceCast timing and scoring from all sessions, as well as providing Matchett’s popular post-event “Chalk Talk” wrap-ups.

SPEED will air 15 races live, complete with practice and qualifying coverage, and for the fourth year, FOX will air four consecutive events, beginning with the Canadian Grand Prix, using the same on-air team. Practice and qualifying for those four events will be live on SPEED.

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  • raithrover

    I enjoyed the Speed TV coverage when I caught it last season. Nothing compared to the brilliant BBC offering, but a decent quality for a niche sports in the States.

    • Krys

      I much prefer the Speed TV coverage to the BBC. Although the BBC is commercial free I can’t stand Legard who comments the race as if it were a ‘football’ match. Another thing I like about speed is that it seems far less biased than the BBC coverage does. Sometimes BBC just sounds like a 24 hour Hamilton fest. That being said I think Speed TV could use some commentators like DC and Brundle who have had recent hands on time inside the sport.

  • Eric Bolan

    Visiting the USA from the UK, I’m watching the Turkish GP on Speed TV and, compared with the BBC, it’s a joke. Apart from the fact that there are too many breaks for adverts, on at least one occasion, the advert kicked in at the point when an overtaking manoeuvre was about to take place. To make matters worse, I’m sorry to say that the British presenters were pathetic.

    • TB

      Brilliant analysis. Speed has no control over the F! feed provided by your precious Bernie.
      And what does “British presenters were pathetic” imply?
      Hobbs and Machett? They’ve provided more meaningful coverage than you will ever comprehend.

  • speedneedsnewhosts

    Speed needs to replace the F! commentary team. They are a broken record who never offer new insight and whose love for Hamilton is embarrassing.