F1 Veteran Martin Brundle Claps Back at Megan Thee Stallion’s Entourage After US GP Controversy

Published 10/25/2021, 2:10 PM EDT


As the premier class of motorsport, F1 brings in a lot of celebutante for important races. A prime example of this is Monaco, with its glitz and glamor. Now, with the sport’s increasing growth in America, there were some new celebrity faces on the COTA paddock. One was Texas’ very own, Megan Thee Stallion. However, unbeknownst to the workings of the sport, there was a slight situation with F1 vet, Martin Brundle.

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Brundle walked up to Meg for a friendly chat and then asked her to freestyle for the cameras. Not the ideal question in the middle of the paddock; yet, it didn’t warrant rude behavior from the rapper’s bodyguards. Although the rapper was relatively kind to Brundle, her bodyguards’ behavior came as a surprise to the usually friendly crowd in F1.

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Accustomed to invasive paparazzi, this may have been an instinctive move; however, Martin Brundle is a respected man of the sport. According to him, regardless of notability, respect was customary.

The former F1 driver commented“I have felt under pressure on the grid before but by people called Senna, Prost, Schumacher, Mansell, Piquet, and so on. Bodyguards visiting the grid for the first time don’t bother me, everyone’s got a job to do, but they could maybe learn some manners and respect on our patch.”

What happened on the F1 track with Brundle

Megan Thee Stallion and her posse were streaming with ESPN as she had come to the event to plug CashApp, a sponsor for Red Bull. On the other hand, former driver Martin Brundle had brought back his track walk segment for SkySports. From very different worlds and generations, there was an exchange between the two.

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The assistant and the bodyguards were rude, but Brundle was also upset because the celebrity just walked away mid-conversation. Nonetheless, Brundle remained forthright. When the assistant told Brundle he “couldn’t do that,” Brundle was quick to retort, “I can do that, because I did.”

The exchange was quick to go viral, with the general view being that celebrities shouldn’t accept invites to events they aren’t willing to support.

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In the end, one can hope Brundle’s request for good behavior on track and adapting to the welcoming culture of F1 media is taken to note.

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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