The Bahrain Grand Prix is the opening event on the 2023 Formula 1 schedule. Everyone will be watching to see if Max Verstappen and Red Bull can keep their world titles after a successful, but sometimes controversial, 2022 season.
Due to several intriguing innovations, fans, teams, drivers, and TV analysts will all be on edge in 2023. One of those recognizable TV personalities is British analyst and pundit Martin Brundle, profiled in The Sporting News. Here is all the information you require on him.
Who is Martin Brundle?
Former Formula 1 racer Martin Brundle, 63, is now well-known in the sport’s media coverage. After his driving career ended in the 1990s, he worked as a commentator for ITV from 1997 to 2008, the BBC from 2009 to 2011, and Sky Sports from 2012.
Between 1984 and 1989 and 1992 and 1996, Brundle raced in Formula One, driving for teams like Benetton, McLaren, and Williams. In his F1 career, he finished on the podium nine times but never took first place. His sixth-place finish in the 1992 tournament was his finest performance.
Aside from Formula One, Brundle also raced in the World Touring Car Championship, won the World Sportscar Championship in 1990, the World Sportscar Championship, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and other events. He frequently served as a test driver in F1.
He transitioned into commentary in 1997, working with the famous Murray Walker, and has since held various positions in British TV’s coverage of Formula 1. He has served as a reporter, a presenter, a co-commentator, and the lead commentator.
Today, Brundle is called Sky Sports’ “chief analyst” and is renowned for his infamous grid walks before a race. He disclosed that he had a heart attack while rushing to do the podium interviews at the 2016 Monaco Grand Prix. He recovered entirely.
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The Financial Status of Martin Brundle
According to reports, Brundle has a net worth of £80 million ($96 million), which includes money from his time spent racing, earnings from broadcast work (it’s rumored that he has a £1.3 million salary from Sky), and a company he co-owns with his younger brother Robin.
On February 27, 2023, Sky Sports F1 posted a tweet on its Twitter page. For more information, see the tweet below-
"They're looking good" 💪
Martin Brundle expects a tough time for anyone trying to beat Red Bull this season 👇 pic.twitter.com/1PbsN6aZIb
— Sky Sports F1 (@SkySportsF1) February 27, 2023
What is the “Brundle Clause” in F1?
After an altercation with the bodyguard of rapper Megan Thee Stallion, Brundle announced that Formula 1 had instituted a new regulation requiring celebrities to part ways with their bodyguards before the commencement of races after the 2021 season.
When Brundle was performing his daily grid walk, in which he asked quick questions to crews, drivers, and VIPs before the start of a race, the performer’s entourage shoved Brundle out of the way.
On the incident, Brundle said: “I have felt under pressure on the grid before but by people called Senna, Prost, Schumacher, Mansell, Piquet and so on.”
“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.”
Celebrity entourages are reportedly restricted when on the grid due to Brundle’s complaints having been heard by F1 officials.
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