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'No Idea How Much I Dislike Them': Martin Brundle Opens Up On 'Train Wreck' F1 Grid Walk Interviews

Max Sherry

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'No Idea How Much I Dislike Them': Martin Brundle Opens Up On 'Train Wreck' F1 Grid Walk Interviews

Martin Brundle's grid walks have become Formula 1 folklore.

For some strange reason, we always find ourselves glued to the television whenever Brundle bundles his way through the busy grid in a desperate bid to get a one-on-one chat with some big-name celebrity guests.

And when he does finally secure an interview, their hilariously-awkward nature makes for box office entertainment.

But it turns out the former driver-turned-pundit isn't a fan of conducting them and actually refuses to watch them back.

“There’s a reason why I’ve never watched back an F1 grid walk in a quarter of a century of doing them,” Brundle tweeted following the Miami Grand Prix.

“You have no idea how much I dislike doing them but somehow those crazy moments have defined my professional career.

“Oh well, that’s the way it is.”

At one point during his segment, you could get a real sense of how Brundle was feeling.

“I’m not terrified at all. Hold tight. This grid walk is either going to be interesting or a total car crash,” he said.

“I don’t know if I can stand the rejection here to be honest. I don’t know if I can stand the rejection. But I’ll do this for you.”

Brundle was in fine form in Florida over the weekend, sending F1 viewers into meltdown with perhaps his best grid walk to date.

Martin Brundle. Credit: Alamy
Martin Brundle. Credit: Alamy

Through sheer persistence, the man with the mic managed to secure interviews with the likes of David Beckham, Pharrell Williams and Dj Khaled before things started going slightly down hill for him.

Not only did Brundle confuse Venus Williams with here sister Serena, but he also mistook college basketball player Paolo Banchero for Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

He laughed it off, of course, but the entire ordeal made for spectacular viewing.

Despite it being excruciatingly-awkward, Brundle clearly agreeing too, fans seem to love his grid walks.

When various clips of Brundle's antics in Miami surfaced online, the majority viewers were quick to heap praise on the F1 legend, some even calling for him to receive a knighthood.

Others, however, were clearly suffering from some second-hand awkwardness and labelled it a "car crash" and "train wreck".

In fact, while Brundle was trotting up the grid in Miami, his name was actually the top trending term on Twitter in the United States.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Australia, Formula 1

Max Sherry
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