David Wishart Hobbs (born June 9, 1939 in Royal Leamington Spa, England) is a former British racing driver in Formula One. He is most well known for his role as a commentator for Formula One races in the United States, first on ESPN, then Speed Channel and finally on NBC and NBC-Sports Networks.
Hobbs was one of the first commentators to doubt the safety improvements made to the Tamburello corner for 1990. Hobbs was doubtful that a concrete run-off area would make any difference in preventing a major accident at the corner. This would fatefully turn out to be correct when Satoru Nakajima and Riccardo Patrese were both injured in accidents at the corner in 1990 and 1992. However, most infamously, Hobbs was certainly proved to be correct when Ayrton Senna was killed at the corner in 1994.
"Well I must say that the weight limit in these cars is so low, it makes for ridiculously light drivers. I really think they should weigh the car and the driver just like they do in horse racing." - Discussing the new weight regulations. ESPN. 1990 Brazilian Grand Prix.
"I'm not sure of the overall safety of that." On the safety improvements to the Tamburello corner. ESPN. 1990 San Marino Grand Prix.
The Lotus team and the Camel people all think extremely highly of a young Martin Donnelly. Of course, he learned it all from a certain older driver when they drove together in a Porsche 962 at Nurburgring, a couple of years ago. I can't remember who that driver is now.... " ESPN. 1990 San Marino Grand Prix.
"I consider anything above 15 [mph] a big moment." Discussing what is considered a major loss of control in a car. ESPN. 1990 San Marino Grand Prix.