Former Jordan and Bennetton driver Martin Brundle’s renowned Formula 1 grid walks once again made the headlines this past weekend at the Miami Grand Prix after a case of mistaken identity swept across social media.
The pundit has garnered much admiration from fans across the world during his time in the job and has been hosting pre-race grid walks and doorstepping celebrities for 25 years now, with this past weekend showing exactly why he is so beloved.
Very few grid walks have drawn as much attention in the last quarter-century, but this one in south Florida was great value for entertainment.
The 62-year-old was left puzzled by worldwide music stars DJ Khaled and Pharrell Williams, but the moment that stole the hearts of social media was when he mistook NBA draftee, Paolo Banchero, for NFL star Patrick Mahomes.
Khaled gave a very impassioned speech about Miami, while Williams backed Lewis Hamilton to win.
This particularly hysterical exchange was a conversation starter between Banchero and Mahomes on Twitter.
The former teammate of Michael Schumacher took to Twitter to state how much he dislikes doing pre-race shows, stating: “There’s a reason I’ve never watched back an F1 grid-walk in a quarter-century of doing them.
“You have no idea how much I dislike doing them but somehow those crazy moments have defined my professional career. Oh well, that’s the way it is.”
When previously asked to name a contender for his most favourite interview he’s ever done, one rockstar stands out amongst the rest.
“Ozzy Osbourne in Montreal,” he said quickly and decisively, per talkSPORT.
The F1 veteran went on to describe the bizarre encounter with the Crazy Train singer.
“He wasn’t fully with it, shall we say. I asked him a question and he gave me a very long, incomprehensible answer.
“I said to him ‘I’ll try and think of a question that, but in the meantime how are the dogs?’ and he said ‘they are at home s******* on the carpets’.
“It went out live to millions of people and I got in trouble because I was supposed to have known he would swear if I asked that question.”