F1 presenter Jennie Gow reveals she suffered ‘serious stroke’ which has affected her speech

BBC Formula One presenter Jennie Gow, 45, reveals she suffered ‘serious stroke’ which has affected her speech – and is ‘desperate’ to recover and return to work

  • Jennie Gow revealed on social media that she had suffered a ‘serious stroke’
  • The Formula One broadcaster said that the stoke has affected her speech
  • Journalists and F1 teams tweeted messages of support following Gow’s news

BBC Formula One presenter Jennie Gow, who regularly appears on the Netflix series Drive To Survive, revealed that she is recovering from a ‘serious stroke’.

Gow, 45, said she suffered the stroke two weeks ago which has affected her speech.

The broadcaster and sports journalist thanked medical staff at Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey and St Geroge’s Hospital in west London for taking care of her.

Fellow journalists as well as motorsport teams echoed messages of support for Gow. 

Jennie Gow said she suffered the stroke two weeks ago which has affected her speech. Pictured: Gow at the Amber Lounge Fashion Show in Monaco, 2019

Jennie Gow said she suffered the stroke two weeks ago which has affected her speech. Pictured: Gow at the Amber Lounge Fashion Show in Monaco, 2019

Sharing a statement on Instagram and Twitter, Gow said: ‘Been quiet the last few weeks, this is because I suffered a serious stroke two weeks ago. My husband is helping me type this, as I’m finding it hard to write and my speech is most affected.

‘I’m desperate to make a full recovery and return to work, but it might take some time. Thank you to the medical teams at Frimley and St George’s and my family and friends who’ve got me through the last fortnight.’

Gow has been a permanent fixture in Formula One coverage since 2012, covering the sport of BBC Radio 5 Live. Before that, she covered the BBC’s MotoGP coverage, having joined the broadcasting company in 1999. Gow is also a commentator on racing series Extreme E.

A host of presenters and sports commentators took to social media to wish Gow a speedy recovery.

Former BBC Breakfast and Football Focus presenter Dan Walker said: ‘Jennie… take care of yourself. So sorry to hear this. I hope you’re doing ok.’

Sky Sports football presenter Kelly Cates wrote: ‘Jennie, I’m so sorry to hear this. Sending lots of love x.’

Jennie Gow has been a permanent fixture in Formula One coverage since 2012. Pictured: Gow (centre) interviews Brendon Hartley (second left) Derek Bell (left) at the Goodwood Festival, Chichester, June 28, 2014

Jennie Gow has been a permanent fixture in Formula One coverage since 2012. Pictured: Gow (centre) interviews Brendon Hartley (second left) Derek Bell (left) at the Goodwood Festival, Chichester, June 28, 2014

F1 team Mercedes-AMG Petronas also tweeted in response: ‘Everyone at Brackley and Brixworth are sending you love and positive thoughts for your recovery, Jennie. We can’t wait to see you back in the paddock again soon.’

The McLaren team also wished Gow ‘a speedy recovery’. ‘The entire team sends their love and strength as we look forward to seeing you back in the paddock,’ they said.

Formula 1 Racing tweeted: ‘Thinking of you Jennie, and wishing you all the very best with your recovery, from us all at F1.’

Gow also appears as an F1 expert on Drive To Survive, which returns to Netflix on February 24. It will recap Max Verstappen’s road to title glory after winning his second world championship in 2022.

The series, in its fifth iteration, has been credited with increasing F1’s popularity and is one of the major sports documentary success stories in recent years. 

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