Those of you listening BBC Radio 5 Live’s coverage this weekend at the Chinese Grand Prix will have been listening to Jack Nicholls and Eric Silbermann. As explained previously, Nicholls will be commentating for 5 Live for four races this season: China, Hungary, Japan and Russia.
However, who is Eric Silbermann? I’ve heard of the name before, but never really knew who he is, or what his background was, and Google doesn’t bring back many results. This piece is brief, but mainly just intended as a ‘jigsaw’ for anyone wondering who Silbermann is. The first point of contention is whether his surname as one “n” or two “n’s”, on the basis that his name is listed as author on several books as two “n’s”, I am leaning towards that. You have to go back to the late 1980s for your first bit, as Silbermann was the Honda press officer during the Senna and Prost days (he might actually appear next week during Sky’s ‘Senna Week‘ come to think of it, but can’t confirm either way).
I can’t find a lot on him through the 1990s, although this article says that he was Eddie Irvine’s spokesman during his Ferrari days. At the same time, he was translate for the Formula 1 Yearbook‘s, and also 5 Live’s pit lane reporter, which I think was from 1997 through to 2005, although I may be wrong. More recently, Silbermann was Red Bull Racing’s head of communications, before leaving that position at the end of 2008. A switch to sister team Toro Rosso followed, before leaving that role at the beginning of this year.
As vague pieces go, this definitely falls into that category, but, given how little Google brings back, I thought I should try and piece things together for anyone who has never heard of the name. I’m sure there is more on Silbermann, but that is what I can find out there on the internet.