Tony Jardine  Great Britain

  • Full name Tony Jardine
  • Birth date March 5, 1952
  • Current age 66 years 260 days
  • Teams Brabham, McLaren, Team Lotus
  • Other roles Commentator
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Best known for his TV appearances on both the BBC's and ITV's Formula One coverage, he also has a wealth of experience in motorsport as a team member and as a rally driver.

After working as an art teacher at an English school in Kuwait, he got his first job in Formula One as a tyre technician and truckie for Goodyear. He then worked alongside three-time champion Niki Lauda at Brabham, before taking a job at McLaren as an assistant team manager. He left the sport in the early 1980s to work at a promotions company in the USA. But the lure of F1 proved too strong and within 18 months he returned at Lotus. During his time at the team he worked alongside upcoming drivers such as Nigel Mansell and Ayrton Senna.

In 1985 he set up his own PR company called Jardine International, which is still going strong today. Alongside that he worked on the BBC's F1 coverage, and even stood in for Murray Walker as the lead commentator at the 1985 German Grand Prix. When the coverage moved to ITV in 1997 he worked as a pundit, making screen appearances before and after races.

He has also competed in a number of rallies, as well as appearing regularly as a driver at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and Revival events. He has competed in 10 Rally GBs, with his best result in 2001 when he finished second in his class.

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