Brundle mistakes basketball star for NFL player in Miami GP gaffe
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Martin Brundle admits he “didn’t feel good” about his encounter with David Beckham earlier this year. The broadcaster spoke to the ex-Manchester United footballer at the Miami Grand Prix in May, with the interview proving to be rather awkward.
Brundle is famous for his Sky Sports grid walk interviews ahead of Grands Prix and has spoken to a whole host of sportspeople and celebrities over the years. And in Miami he finally came face-to-face with Beckham after being blanked beforehand. But the 63-year-old has suggested the experience wasn’t a good one.
Brundle was asked by GQ magazine if there was ever a time where he thought it wasn’t going to be his day. And he replied: “I thought that about David Beckham. And then eventually I did get in his face in Miami. I was being man-marked by a couple of guys in Qatar that didn’t want anybody near him there. So I was pretty determined to speak to him.
“And then when I did, I thought, ‘I don’t know why I bothered,’ basically. I didn’t feel good about it, particularly. I don’t like bothering people. If they don’t want to talk to you, they don’t want to talk to you. There’s plenty of people who do.
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“You’ve got to remember I’ve been on a Formula One grid for 38 years, well over half the life of Formula One. I’ve been to well over half the Grands Prix in the history of Formula One. So I feel pretty comfortable in that space. I feel it’s my territory. So that’s perhaps why I’ve got a bit of a confidence in it and a comfort zone.”
Brundle had initially attempted to grab Beckham for a quick word, but the blockbuster superstar walked off when his name was called. “That’s the second time he’s blanked me,” Brundle told viewers. “I didn’t get a free-kick in that one.”
Beckham returned after taking a look at a Red Bull car as Brundle finally had an opportunity to ask him about Miami hosting its first ever Grand Prix. “It’s amazing, it’s what Miami does best,” Beckham responded. “It’s a sporting town and an entertainment town. I think today is incredible and it’s going to be amazing.”
But when pressed on who he thought would taste victory at the track, the former England midfielder wasn’t willing to give his prediction as he chose to sit on the fence. “We will see,” added the 47-year-old.
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