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Hamilton has ‘stopped’ speaking to Brundle during F1 walks

Martin Brundle has spoken about his relationship with Formula 1 drivers and his interactions with them during his pre-race grid walks.

Brundle, 63, raced for McLaren and Williams between 1984 and 1996, and today the Briton works for Sky Sports.

In a sort of pre-race ritual, Brundle navigates the grid and speaks to as many drivers and celebrities as possible, which he discussed in an interview with GQ this week.

“You know you’ve been there, you’ve done it, you’ve seen it, you’re in a car accident and you’re going to ask something relevant or personal,” Brundle said.

“I never tried to dropkick them or try to figure out the questions. I think that would be unfair so it tends to be a pretty lighthearted and crushed and nice conversation. I’m not really going to hit her with an “I heard your contract is about to expire” or anything like that. It will be relevant to the race, but in general they trust me.

“Some of them will just shake their heads and even apologize later. Or some people come up to me in the paddock and say, ‘You haven’t seen me on the grid for ages, just come and talk to me on the grid.’

“And then others will never speak. Lewis [Hamilton] talked to me a lot and then stopped. So we take it as it comes.”

Brundle was also asked if he ever hesitated to approach certain drivers or celebrities.

“I thought that about David Beckham, and then I ended up jumping in his face in Miami,” Brundle said. “I was attacked by some guys in Qatar who didn’t want anyone near them there. So I was pretty determined to talk to him.

“And then when I did it, I was basically like, ‘I don’t know why I bothered.’ I didn’t think it was particularly good. I don’t like bothering people. If they don’t want to talk to you, they don’t want to talk to you. There are many people who do that.

“You have to remember: I’ve been in Formula 1 for 38 years, well over half of Formula 1’s existence. I’ve been to well over half of the Grands Prix in Formula 1’s history, I feel me pretty comfortable in this room. I feel it’s my territory.”

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