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Jack Nicholls, former Formula E commentator

Formula E commentator to depart series in shock announcement

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Jack Nicholls is to part ways with Formula E with immediate effect, bringing to an end nine years of collaboration.

Vernon Kay reporting for Formula E
With Vernon Kay also gone, the Formula E broadcasting team will undergo a major reshuffle as the series heads to Jakarta. (Image credit: Motorsports Broadcasting)

News of Nicholls’ departure broke on Thursday afternoon, as Formula E announced a major shake-up to their broadcast team. The decision comes over halfway into the season, and only a week out from the double header in Jakarta. Very few details are known as to how the decision has come to be made. It’s also unclear why the change comes so far into the season.

For fans of the series, Jack Nicholls’ voice has become a familiar accompaniment to broadcasts of the race. Nicholls has been a part of the Formula E broadcasting team since the electric racing series’ inaugural race in 2014.

The announcement follows the recent departure of Vernon Kay, who left Formula E in order to take over as a presenter on BBC Radio 2. With Kay and Nicholls gone, the commentary team has undergone a major reshuffle. Ahead of Jakarta, Radzi Chinyanganya has taken on Kay’s duties as lead presenter. Meanwhile, Saunders Carmichael-Brown steps into Chinyanganya’s role of pit lane reporter.

Ben Edwards is set to commentate on all seven remaining races, starting in Jakarta next week. Other familiar faces – such as Karun Chandhok and former Formula E driver Oliver Askew – are to remain a part of the broadcasting team.

Who is Jack Nicholls? 

For many, Jack Nicholls’ voice may be familiar — though for a variety of different reasons. Whilst he might best be known as the voice of Formula E, Nicholls has also long been involved in the world of Formula 1.

Nicholls has covered Formula 1 for BBC Radio 5 since 2016. He also features regularly on the BBC’s F1 podcast F1: Chequered Flag. Beyond the coverage of live races, Nicholls has worked as a commentator on the hit Netflix series Drive to Survive since the show’s first season in 2019.

His departure from Formula E will likely come as a disappointment to many fans, who will have become familiar with Nicholls over the years. Whilst he leaves the electric racing series, it appears that Nicholls is to remain a part of the world of motorsports broadcasting, as he stays on with the BBC’s Formula 1 team.

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