F1 introduces ‘Brundle clause’ after controversy during grid walk

F1 has introduced a ‘Brundle clause’ after the controversy of the pundit being ignored by Megan Thee Stallion went viral.

At the US GP, Brundle returned to the grid for his customary grid walk, following the easing of the COVID-19 restrictions. However, as he was interviewing Megan, her bodyguards snubbed him and left him without an interview.

This resulted in massive fury from fans and from Brundle himself, who slammed the American celebrities who refused to take part in the custom. While the pundit has had a few snubs, none of them were as blunt as this one.

To avoid this, F1 introduced a ‘Brundle clause’, wherein celebrities will be obliged to speak to him and give interviews during race weekends.

“There have been new rules introduced, that any celebrities on the grid must not have bodyguards any longer,” Brundle said, as quoted by GP Fans.

“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.’

Martin Brundle's grid walk was a welcome return for delightful awkwardness  on TV
Brundle (left) was snubbed by Megan Thee Stallion (right). Source: telegraph.co.uk

“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.”

No rehearsals

Brundle’s grid walk is very popular and a critically-acclaimed part of F1. Despite that, he stated that he never rewatches them.

“My grid walk is some alter ego I don’t recognise, it’s why I don’t watch them,” he continued.

“(It’s) some person that gets cheeky and you’ve got nine or 10 minutes live, unrehearsed, unscripted television. You’ve got to go for it.”

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