Sky Sports viewers in the UK frequently watch Martin Brundle make a grid walk to talk with F1 drivers and personnel before Grand Prix races, and Formula 1 decided to deny bodyguards access to the F1 grid after Brundle was pushed aside while attempting to interview Megan Thee Stallion in Austin a year ago.
‣ Martin Brundle makes his grid walk before every Grand Prix to speak to celebrities, F1 personnel, and other important figures
‣ A huge outcry occurred online after Megan Thee Stallion was denied access to Martin Brundle at an F1 grid
‣ Martin Brundle is a celebrity hunter, seeking out famous guests at F1 events
‣ Online reactions played a significant role in influencing Formula 1’s decision to deny bodyguards access to the F1 grid in the future
Martin Brundle is known for his grid walk before every Grand Prix, but the F1 drivers and team members always stop to chat with him. Brundle, the celebrity hunter, often has his heart set on walking the grid in Las Vegas in just under two weeks’ time, where the celebrities are expected to attend in large numbers. Before Sunday’s Grand Prix, Brundle spoke to Machine Gun Kelly, who tried to get the former driver to play an ‘air piano’.
The most famous incident was with Megan Thee Stallion. She was a guest on the grid in Austin a year ago and Brundle had spotted her. But before he could ask the performer his question, the former F1 driver was pushed aside by bodyguards. This led to a huge outcry online – with masses siding with Brundle – and Formula 1 deciding to deny bodyguards access to the F1 grid in future. On X, the analyst shared a Tweet which was met with a vicious comment. “Finally, my claim to fame, I’ve met two of these three people. I do appreciate them taking some time out on the grid for our great sport … I hope they didn’t find me too weird,” he said with the photo, which shows Megan Thee Stallion and Machine Gun Kelly who he spoke to in Brazil.
No doubt Brundle will have his heart set on walking the grid in Las Vegas in just under two weeks’ time, where the celebrities are expected to attend in large numbers. Who will all be there? It remains to be seen.
Alonso, commenting on the outcome of the race, said “Okay, it was gone.”