Martin Brundle snubbed Nadine Dorries on F1 grid as he didn’t know who she was

Martin Brundle has revealed he snubbed Nadine Dorries during his Formula One grid-walk because he “didn’t know who she was”.

The iconic Sky Sports commentator was carrying out one of his famous grid-walks before the British Grand Prix in search of famous people to interview. While the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Stormzy caught his attention, Brundle was seemingly unfazed at seeing the Culture Secretary as he coldly walked past her in a brutal snub.

Viewers were understandably left in heaps of laughter, but the former driver later admitted he did not mean to ignore the MP. In an arguably even bigger jibe, Brundle claimed the reason he seemingly ignored Dorries was that he did not recognise her.

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As she appeared on the podium to hand out trophies to the top-three drivers, Brundle hilariously recalled their earlier meeting. He said: “Is that the lady I saw on the grid, Nadine? Yes, I didn't know who she was and I wish I had done."

One of the drivers the Mid Bedfordshire MP awarded a trophy to was race winner Carlos Sainz. The Ferrari driver won the first race of his F1 career, ending one of the sport’s longest ever droughts in doing so.

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Sainz started out on pole but was quickly overtaken by Max Verstappen as they approached the first corner. The 27-year-old then benefitted from a red flag as a result of a horrific crash involving Zhou Guanyu and George Russell, which sent the former into the barriers.

Ferrari ace Sainz was able to fend off Verstappen at the second restart and grew in confidence as the race went on. The team decided to switch their cars around on lap 30 but didn't bring Leclerc in when the safety car came out nine laps later, leaving him vulnerable at the restart.

Sainz, who did receive fresh tyres, refused to follow a request to give him room and instead passed him. He drove off into the distance as teammate Charles Leclerc, Lewis Hamilton and Sergio Perez wasted valuable time behind him fighting for the rest of the podium places.


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