David Croft or “Crofty” has been a broadcaster for Formula 1 since 2012. The presenter has become insanely popular in Formula 1 and among the fans. In case the name does not click, he is the commentator at the beginning of the race who says the famous phrase every time.
David Croft, in other terms, the “lights out and away we go” commentator. To listen to his phrase alone millions of fans switch to international to have Croft’s commentary for the race. Nonetheless, he has gained a lot of fans for his race ritual at the beginning of the race.
David Croft has been a lead commentator and broadcast in the sport. As a lead commentator for Formula 1’s Coverage, he has spent 11 years working in that position. However, Croft, who was born and raised in Stevenage, England, worked in various fields before entering Formula 1.
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Croft first started his career broadcasting in hospital radio at Radio Fairfield. Soon he made his way to the BBC Three Counties Radio where Croft spent the next three years of his career. He first started at BBC as a sports editor and soon would get promoted as a sports reporter.
However, in 1998, Croft moved to BBC Radio Five Live. During his time at Radio Five Live, he covered some of the big sporting events. He covered the 2002 FIFA World Cup and the 2004 Athens Summer Olympics. Croft also fulfilled his duty by reporting the Saturday Sports on 5 every summer from 2004-2005. After his successful career in the sports field as a commentator and broadcaster, he made his way to Formula 1.
How did David Croft get into Formula 1?
David Croft first got into Formula 1 as a reporter at BBC Radio 5 Live. After spending a long time reporting, the reporter would soon commentate sports events. That is when he made his way to BBC Radio 5 Live Formula 1. As a commentator and broadcaster in that field, he succeeded Maurice Hamilton. His first Formula 1 commentary was for the 2006 Formula 1 season. He would watch Fernando Alonso his second World Championship title.
This would also be Croft’s first time working with pitlane reporters, Ted Kravitz and Natalie Pinkham. He also worked alongside Anthony Davidson, who was a former Super Aguri, Honda, and Minardi driver. David Crift covered every Grand Prix and all the practice sessions that took between them that season. After successfully continuing his commentary in the sport for a few more years, Croft was called to Sky Sports.
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It was in 2011 when Sky Sports announced to the public that David Croft would not be their lead commentator. He would go on to work in Formula 1 thereon. His work also involves him joining Natalie Pinkham, Anthony Davidson, Ted Kravitz, and Martin Brundle at Formula 1. Around the 2019 Azerbaijan Grand Prix, he recorded his 250th Grand Prix he has commented in his career.