Daniel Ricciardo, the Australian Formula One driver, will team up with comedian Will Arnett to present a new show, called The Grandstand with Daniel Ricciardo and Will Arnett. The programme will cover selected F1 races and will include analyses of the event in real-time. The show will begin at 1.55pm ET on Canadian Grand Prix race day and will run simultaneously with ABC’s coverage of the race. The duo will give commentary on the race, along with insights from special guests.
Ricciardo expressed his excitement by saying, “This is going to be a hoot!” and suggested that he and Arnett aim to make the show feel like watching F1 with friends, adding that “fans will get another step closer to the sport I love.” ESPN anticipates that Ricciardo‘s popularity in the United States after his role in Drive to Survive will work in their favour.
Will Arnett, known for his comedy work in TV shows like Arrested Development and 30 Rock, is also interested in motorsports as evidenced by his previous hosting of racing driver Mika Hakkinen on his podcast. The comedian will bring his particular wit and banter to the Grandstand show.
ESPN is producing the new show alongside Omni Productions, led by US football legend Peyton Manning. This new venture is a move away from regular Formula One coverage. Instead, fans will receive a more engaging and fun programme to accompany their racing experience. Producing the show as an alternate version of the standard broadcast is comparable to NFL’s “Manningcast,” an alternate Monday Night Football show fronted by Manning.
According to Kate Jackson, ESPN’s vice-president of production, “As F1’s popularity continues to grow in the United States, we’re pleased to provide fans with another way to enjoy the sport, and a way for new fans to learn more about it.” The programme promises to be an insightful and entertaining way to enjoy F1 Racing.