Verstappen wins Miami GP but Martin Brundle hailed "real winner" for grid walk
Max Verstappen won the Miami GP on Sunday but fans were more occupied by the antics of Martin Brundle.
The roving reporter had fans in fits of laughter before last season’s Formula One World Champion clinched first place in the States. Brundle made a huge gaffe during his pre-race grid walk before the inaugural Miami Grand Prix got underway.
With the amass of superstars nearby, he thought he had spotted NFL superstar Patrick Mahomes. But in actual fact, it was NBA star Paolo Banchero who he had bumped into. The Sky Sports man wrongly addressed him as "Patrick", which was why he was ignored. It took a long period for Brundle to realise he got the wrong person but proceeded to carry on chatting to him regardless.
He asked Banchero what he thought of the venue and the 19-year-old replied: "This is crazy. I've never been to an F1 race so this is spectacular. You can see, [the drivers] are locked in. It reminds me of myself. A real focus."
Brundle soon realised, via a message in his ear, who the person was. He said: "It's not Patrick [Mahomes], that's why he ignored me in the beginning … what is your name, sir?"
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"Paolo Banchero," he replies. "Right, OK," Brundle said. "Well I thought I was talking to somebody else, so I'm sorry about that."
And supporters online enjoyed the whole experience. One said: “martin handled it so well for the amount of craziness going on out there lol.”
Another said: “This was the funniest grid walk to date. Martin is like Rodney Dangerfield; he gets no respect!”
A third howled: “Thank goodness for British humour. Martin Brundle making the most of this cringe grid walk.”
Indeed, Verstappen held off a late run from Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc to win in Miami. The driver passed Leclerc and Carlos Sainz from third place while Lando Norris fell out the race after a collision.
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