Ben Edwards is privileged to have been the voice of one of the greatest British sporting moments in recent history and one that will go into the archives to be used time and again.
The BBC’s lead television commentator for the corporation’s Formula One (F1) coverage was able to enjoy first hand Lewis Hamilton crossing the finishing line at the Yas Marina Circuit to win the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and with it the F1 World Drivers’ Championship for 2014.
By beating teammate Nico Rosberg — who suffered mechanical gremlins during the race to deny fans a wheel-to-wheel battle to the line — Hamilton became the first double British world champion since Jackie Stewart achieved the feat in the 1970s.
“For me personally, to cover a British world champion for the BBC is a big deal,” said Edwards, who lives in Wortham. “I’m incredibly lucky to do the job I do and feel a real sense of privilege.”
And Edwards — who will be retained by the BBC for his fourth consecutive season in 2015 — believes he could be commentating on Hamilton winning a British record-equalling third title in 12 months’ time.
“Lewis will have to go in as favourite because it’s going to be hard for other teams to catch Mercedes straight away,” he said. “He could become a three-time world champion by the end of next year to match Jackie Stewart.
“Three titles really stands you apart as one of the all-time greats.”