F1 commentator Martin Brundle is still baffled by the furor caused by his infamous grid step at the United States Grand Prix 12 months ago. In what turned out to be an awkward few minutes of live TV in Austin, the former driver took his usual stroll down the track minutes before the official start, rubbing shoulders with a number of star-studded guests.
Brundle, 63, was snubbed by Serena Williams as the tennis legend walked past him without answering her questions. He did, however, find success with Rory McIlroy, who spoke happily to Sky Sports after being invited to the Circuit of the Americas as a guest of Aston Martin.
Moments before seeing Williams, Brundle had also attempted to speak to award-winning rapper Meghan Thee Stallion, approaching the 26-year-old and saying, “Megan, Martin Brundle of British TV, how are you? Megan Thee Stallion, you are a freestyle rapper.
However, Brundle then asked a bizarre question: “You’re a freestyle rapper, do you have any rap for us today on Formula 1?” The puzzled musician laughed as she replied, “I don’t have a rap today, I’m sorry.” When asked who she was supporting for the race, her bodyguard intervened and made the commentator leave.
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The clip quickly went viral on social media, with F1 fans on a number of platforms praising the hillarity. But a year later Brundle, who drove for Williams, Benetton, McLaren and Jordan in a career that spanned more than two decades, is still upset by the coverage of the incident.
“It just amused me, really, that being ignored on the grid by Megan Thee Stallion – or his henchman or bodyguard or whatever – or DJ Khaled, goes so much further than winning Le Mans or the 24 Hours of Daytona”, he Told QG. “Or maybe I’ve called great races and stuff that I feel where I’ve really achieved something in the comments, and it doesn’t matter. It doesn’t count. I think that’s enough weird. Therefore, I think I made this comment on Twitter that you saw.
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