Lewis Hamilton has STOPPED speaking to Martin Brundle throughout F1 grid walks, reveals the mystified Sky Sports activities pundit – as he admits he was as soon as reluctant to interview David Beckham as a result of he ‘does not like bothering individuals’
- Martin Brundle has interviewed racers and celebrities at F1 grid walks for years
- He claims that Lewis Hamilton used to speak earlier than races however now chooses to not
- Hamilton has endured a troublesome season this yr with Mercedes’ automobile struggling
- The Sky Sports activities pundit raced for McLaren and Williams between 1984 and 1996
Sky Sports activities F1 pundit Martin Brundle has revealed that Lewis Hamilton has ‘stopped’ speaking to him throughout his well-known pre-race grid walks.
The 63-year-old has been interviewing the game’s largest stars and celebrities on the monitor earlier than races for over a decade..
And, though he maintains an excellent relationship with the vast majority of drivers, Brundle has now revealed that there are some racers who ‘won’t ever speak’ to him.
Martin Brundle says Lewis Hamilton has ‘stopped’ doing grid stroll interviews at F1 races
In an interview with GQ, Brundle stated: ‘I by no means tried to dropkick them or get intelligent with the questions. I believe that may be unfair, so it tends to be fairly joyful and smashy and nicey dialog.
‘I am probably not going to be hitting them with an, “I heard your contract is up quickly” or one thing like that. It may be related to the race, however typically talking they belief me.
‘Just a few of them will simply shake their head after which even apologise afterward. Or some come as much as me within the paddock and go, “You have not seen me on the grid for ages, simply come and speak to me on the grid”.
‘After which others won’t ever speak. Lewis [Hamilton] used to speak to me lots after which stopped. So, we take it because it comes.’
Brundle says though Hamilton ceaselessly used to speak on the grid walks, he now prefers to not
Brundle claims that there are some racers who even method him for interviews however Hamilton is just not considered one of them anymore.
The 2 F1 icons did sit down collectively for Sky Sports activities’ present surrounding the seventieth Anniversary Grand Prix in 2020 however apart from that, they’ve hardly ever been seen collectively on the monitor because the 2019 season.
Maybe including to that was Hamilton’s underwhelming season for Mercedes this yr as he struggled to become familiar with their new automobile and slipped down the standings.
The pair are seen chatting after Hamilton’s victory on the Bahrain Grand Prix in 2019
Brundle was additionally requested whether or not he ever feels reluctant to method sure drivers or celebrities.
He continued: ‘I believed that about David Beckham, after which finally I did get in his face in Miami. I used to be being man-marked by a few guys in Qatar that did not need anyone close to him there. So, I used to be fairly decided to talk to him.
‘After which after I did, I believed, “I do not know why I bothered”, principally. I did not be ok with it, notably. I do not like bothering individuals. If they do not wish to speak to you, they do not wish to speak to you. There’s loads of individuals who do.
‘You have to keep in mind: I have been on a System 1 grid for 38 years, properly over half the lifetime of System 1. I have been to properly over half the grands prix within the historical past of System, so I really feel fairly snug in that area. I really feel it is my territory.’
Brundle says he did not get pleasure from interviewing David Beckham as he felt he was ‘bothering’ him
Brundle cast a profitable racing profession after stints with McLaren and Williams between 1984 and 1996 earlier than retiring and turning into a reporter inside the sport.
His pre-race ritual entails navigating the grid and chatting with as many drivers and celebrities as doable – which has culminated in some iconic clips over time.
The likes of DJ Khaled, Megan Thee Stallion and Pharrell Williams have all supplied some viral content material when talking with the Sky Sports activities pundit.
Hamilton is at the moment sixth within the 2022 drivers standings and beneath team-mate George Russell