F1 bosses have leapt into action after a star commentator’s live TV snub before s race sparked headlines around the world.
F1 bosses have reportedly introduced a “Brundle clause” to stop celebrities from snubbing grid interviews.
The Sun reports former driver turned respected Sky Sports commentator Martin Brundle thinks the sport’s chiefs have put in a new rule for the rich and famous.
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It came after an awkward exchange between Brundle and Megan Thee Stallion at the United States Grand Prix last month. The broadcaster was ushered away by the rapper’s security when he tried to ask a question.
One of the rapper’s protectors told Brundle: “You can’t do that.”
But the renowned analyst, whose pre-race grid walks have become synonymous with the sport, snapped back: “I can because I just did.”
Brundle called for manners from celebrities attending races in a post on social media after the incident.
“I have felt under pressure on the grid before but by people called Senna, Prost, Schumacher, Mansell, Piquet and so on,” he tweeted.
“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.”
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Motorsport.com reports F1 bosses will reduce access to the grid for celebrities’ bodyguards — something Brundle alluded to with his latest comments.
Brundle told Sky Sports: “There have been new rules introduced, that any celebrities on the grid must not have bodyguards any longer.
“It must be the ‘Brundle clause’, and they’re obliged to talk to me. I sort of like it if they ignore me, to be honest.
“I like to call out some of the celebs that I think are just using the grid a little bit if I’m honest. They don’t really have a passion.
“I know there are millions of fans at home going, ‘I should be on that grid. I’m a massive Formula 1 fan, not them’.
“But my claim to fame at last. I get ignored by Megan Thee Stallion, I get biffed out of the way by a man mountain and then told off by a Malfoy lookalike who doubtless was on his first-ever time to a Formula 1 grid.
“I put out a simple tweet about it and got five million impressions. I don’t understand any of that, to be honest.”
Taking to Twitter on Wednesday, Brundle clarified he had not asked for any changes to grid protocols.
“For the avoidance of doubt I don’t care who visits the F1 grid, the more the merrier. Talk to me, ignore me, shove, wave, hug, call me names, whatever makes you happy,” Brundle wrote.
“All I ask is that you soak up the atmosphere, enjoy the privilege. I’ve not asked for any grid protocol changes.”
Megan Thee Stallion wasn’t the only celebrity to brush Brundle in Austin — though she was the only attempted interview that was scuppered by a security guard.
After spotting tennis champion Serena Williams and golfer Rory McIlroy in conversation, the commentator made his move.
“Serena, may I have a chat?” Brundle said. “Serena, are you good for a chat? Martin Brundle, British TV.”
Williams didn’t stop, shrugging at Brundle as if to say, “Sorry, but I’ve got somewhere else to be”.
Evaluating how the exchange went, Brundle admitted: “It’s a double fault, it’s a double fault.”
This article first appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission