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F1 fans reckon Martin Brundle quite simply must be ‘banned’ from Azerbaijan as they bemoaned his absence from the pre-race grid walk.
The commentary legend is renowned for his grid walks, which have produced countless memorable and hilarious moments over the last 25 years. But amid F1’s relentless schedule, which features 24 grand prix this year, Brundle doesn’t attend every single round and is missing from Sky Sports F1’s coverage this weekend.
Instead, pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz and pundit Damon Hill conducted a tour of the grid, which included a lengthy chat with Williams team principal James Vowles.
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It isn’t the first time the 63-year-old has missed the Baku street race, a fact spotted by fans, who were disappointed by his absence.
“Convinced Martin Brundle is banned from entering Azerbaijan,” theorised one fan. Another pointed out: “Two things, F1 related: 1) Qualifying on a Friday, when most around the world are at work, is ridiculous. 2) Martin Brundle NEVER commentates in Baku. Why?”
A third added: “The grid walk feels fake without Martin Brundle.” Another declared: “I don’t want to watch Damon Hill’s grid walk. I want Martin Brundle!”
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A fifth said: “No Martin Brundle in Baku. Damon Hill pretending to be him doesn’t really work.”
Kravitz did confirm that Brundle would be back on duty at next weekend’s Miami Grand Prix, the scene of one of his most memorable grid walks of all time last year.
At one point, he mistakenly thought he was talking to NFL superstar Patrick Mahomes. However, it actually turned out to be NBA ace Paolo Banchero he had bumped into. After Brundle wrongly addressed him as “Patrick”, he was unsurprisingly ignored, before he eventually realised the misidentification but carried on chatting anyway.
Brundle also approached a man in a loud shirt. The individual in question described himself as a “social media sensation” to which Brundle hilariously replied, “modest too.”
During the same grid walk, Brundle tried to catch a word with David Beckham, saying, “we’re going to have to get pushy here”. However, Becks wasn’t in the mood for a chat and wandered off.
“That’s the second time he’s blanked me,” rued Brundle.
Azerbaijan and Russia have been grand prixs that Brundle has missed in past seasons too.
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