I have to admit that when the BBC announced that Jake Humphrey was about to take over the lead anchor role of F1’s comeback to the network I was confused and of course as ignorant as most others, ‘but he’s just a children’s presenter’.
My mum likes to frequently remind me of this.
How wrong could we have been? Unbeknownst to most Humphrey was a petrol head from a young age loving most minute details of F1. How do I know this now? Well I’ve read his book ‘The Inside Track’.
The book itself is the right balance between detail and humour, any less humour and F1 books can often become like wading through mud. I’m all for the history of the sport but there’s nothing worse than a book that sounds as if the author’s going through the motions. Anecdotes like Eddie Jordan’s gigs around the world and the reaction of Jenson Button when ‘victim’ to Humphrey’s driving skills make it worth a read.
However, there is one IF, if you don’t like Lewis Hamilton it might not be for you. It is clear from the book that Hamilton swiftly became one of Humphrey’s favourite people to do segments with.
Since 2009 I’ve always thought that Humphrey was great friends with Jenson Button (others say Lewis), that doesn’t mean he wasn’t friendly with Lewis but JB and Jake seem to have a more comical relationship. This has been argued countless times by one of my Twitter friends, obviously now I can understand his point.
Needless to say if you are a fan of Hamilton the anecdotes and stories involved are guaranteed to make you smile.
This book allows fans to have a true insight into the stresses of spending whole weekends with Eddie Jordan, what can happen when championships are won and lost in a heartbeat and also why Britain really is the home of Motorsport (it involves a sheep).
For a man that was meant to be ‘just a children’s TV presenter’ he did a great job alongside Eddie Jordan and David Coulthard, who else would’ve managed to maintain their sanity next to Eddie’s shirts?
It’s a shame Jake has left the BBC for next season, but with a baby on the way in the New Year completely understandable, besides I think the BBC has picked someone more than suited to the job.