Brundle tells celebrity visitors to F1 to 'learn some manners'

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Brundle tells celebrity visitors to F1 to 'learn some manners'

Martin Brundle has urged celebrities visiting the F1 grid - and especially their entourage - to "learn some manners and respect our patch", as the Sky F1 commentator reacted to a few awkward encounters during his grid walk in Austin.

The US Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas brought out its fair share of celebs last weekend to witness the action.

While the likes of Ben Stiller, golfer Rory Mcllroy or legendary NBA player Shaquille O'Neal - a class act by any celebrity metric - were all smiles and readily available to convey their excitement, others strolled down the grid like royalty, escorted by their usual cohort of overblown bodyguards and followers.

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Brundle attempted to get a word from rapper Megan Thee Stallion when her heavy-weight protector intervened before he was rightly dismissed by MTS.

"I think she’s happy… okay boss," a brave Brundle told the bodyguard before asking the artist if she had "any rap for F1".

"I have no rap today, I’m sorry…" courteously replied MTS. But things got awkward when our Brundle asked MTS who she was supporting, just before our Sky F1 man was disdainfully pushed aside by one of the rapper's hangers-on who told him "you can't do that".

"I can do that, because I did," fired back an unimpressed Brundle.

Footage of the encounter went viral on social media, along with another moment when the former F1 driver turned pundit approached Serena Williams for a word from the tennis legend who just walked on and ignored the Briton who, as ever the witty one, was left to tell the viewers that "it's a double fault".

On Monday, given the amount of exposure the colorful moments had received, Brundle took to Twitter to offer celebrities and their entourage a few words of advice.

"I have felt under pressure on the grid before but by people called Senna, Prost, Schumacher, Mansell, Piquet and so on," said Brundle.

"Bodyguards visiting the grid for the first time don’t bother me, everyone’s got a job to do, but they could maybe learn some manners and respect on our patch."

As they say, the ability to stay calm and polite, even when people upset you, is a superpower. Well done, Martin!

 

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Norris was 'so scared' during 'sketchy' opening lap

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Norris was 'so scared' during 'sketchy' opening lap

Lando Norris admitted after Sunday's US Grand Prix that he had endured a scary first lap as he battled at close quarters with McLaren teammate Daniel Ricciardo and Ferrari's Carlos Sainz.

Norris launched his race from P7 on the grid and was running in the wake of Charles Leclerc, Ricciardo and Sainz when he closed in on the trio on the approach to COTA's Turn 12, briefly overtaking his teammate and Sainz before backing out of the move.

It was a heart-stopping moment for the Briton.

"I was so scared, because the thing is, it’s such a wide track and it was three abreast," Norris explained.

"I knew Daniel was on the outside so I had to be careful. I couldn’t brake too late because I knew Charles was just ahead.

"The angle, I was on the apex and Charles was pretty much… I was going to T-bone him if I went in any harder. It got a little bit sketchy, obviously didn’t pull the move off. Bit of a shame."

Thereafter followed a long afternoon for Norris who lost a position to Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas on his way to finishing P8 overall.

"[It was a] tough, long race, not a lot we could do," he added. "At times I thought we had better pace.

"But altogether, considering Charles was 20 seconds ahead or something on Daniel, I think it showed they [Ferrari] were just the quicker car again today. Disappointing we couldn’t do more, that’s the way it is sometimes."

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The end result for the battle for third in the Constructors' standings saw Ferrari reduce its deficit to just 3.5 points with five races to go.

Norris reckons the performance comparison between the McLaren and Ferrari will continue to ebb and flow.

“You don’t know how much they’re saving, everyone is going to be doing something along those lines, everyone’s playing their own game," he said.

"Of course it sometimes yo-yos a bit, you catch up, then drop back and so on. Either way, even when we were at our best pace, the delta is too small.

"Two-tenths ahead, it’s too difficult to overtake. You need to be one second quicker or something, we were never there."

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