NBC Sports Group announced Wednesday that Will Buxton will serve as reporter for its Formula 1 coverage. Buxton will join his former SPEED colleagues Leigh Diffey (play-by-play), David Hobbs (analyst) and Steve Matchett (analyst), who joined NBC Sports Group in November.
“Our F1 team is now complete,” said Sam Flood, executive producer, NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network. “Will is relentless in the pits and his genuine passion for the sport is evident to viewers. We're very pleased to have him. Combined with Leigh, David and Steve, we are now ready for our first F1 season this March.”
In October, it was announced that NBC Sports Group will televise all F1 races, as well as qualifying, practice sessions, studio shows and re-airs that amount to more than 100 hours of programming annually. NBC Sports Live Extra, available online at NBCSports.com, as well as on mobile and tablet apps, will serve as the F1 live-stream platform.
A former director of communications for the GP2 Series, Buxton made his on-air debut in 2009 as lead announcer for the world feed on the GP2 and GP3 championships, and has done so each year since. His work came to the attention of SPEED and Buxton left his successful journalism career in order to become the network's F1 pit reporter in 2010. That same year, Buxton conducted the first of many F1 post race top-3 driver interviews for the world television feed, and in 2012 conducted post-race podium interviews for the GP2 and GP3 championships (ABOVE).