Sky Sports F1 have confirmed that their punditry line-up for the 2024 Formula 1 season has remained unchanged, although an unnamed person will join the current team.
The broadcaster keeping their line-up for this year was announced by PlanetF1, who contacted Sky Sports to find out there plans for 2024.
Sky Sports keeping one pundit in particular has caused some uproar, given that they are a controversial figure.
That person is former NASCAR and IndyCar race winner Danica Patrick, who angered fans on multiple occasions last season.
Patrick will be part of the UK broadcaster’s punditry team at seven of the 24 races this year, although it’s yet to be confirmed which seven.
Some of her takes on F1 in 2023 frustrated fans, particularly from the female audience, after she stated at the Hungarian Grand Prix that the mindset needed to compete in F1 isn’t suited to a “female mind”.
“I think that the nature of the sport is masculine. It’s aggressive,” Patrick said last year at the Hungaroring.
“You have to, you know, handle the car. Not only just the car because that’s skill, but the mindset that it takes to be really good is something that’s not normal in a feminine mind, a female mind.”
Despite backlash, she went onto cement her views on the Sky Sports F1 podcast, where she admitted that the all-female F1 Academy is “not important” to her.
Patrick believes that championships like F1 Academy actually hold female drivers back from reaching the pinnacle of motorsport.
She also angered fans at the Las Vegas Grand Prix last season, after she admitted that the fans who were impacted by the opening day chaos should’ve bought weekend passes to avoid being disappointed.
Fans who paid for a Friday ticket only in Sin City were treated to only a handful of minutes of on-track action, after Carlos Sainz hitting a loose manhole cover resulted in a huge delay..
Those in attendance waited over two hours without seeing anything, only to be told to leave before Free Practice 2 was finally about to get underway very early Saturday morning.