Martin Brundle’s Miami Grand Prix grid walk should go down in history – WATCH
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Sky Sports’ Martin Brundle had a moment to forget as he hilariously mixed up NFL superstar Patrick Mahomes with a 19-year-old basketball player at the Miami Grand Prix.
Martin Brundle, now 62, started 158 grand prix races and finished on the podium nine times without winning a race.
He is well known for grid walks preceding Formula One races, interviewing drivers and team bosses, but the inaugural race in Miami on Sunday attracted a host of high-profile names.
According to the Mail Online, Brundle, who has been covering F1 since 1997, ended up confusing 2020 Super Bowl champion and Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Mahomes with Duke basketball star and NBA hopeful Paolo Banchero.
Luckily the pair appear to have seen the funny side.
Martin Brundle spoke to several A-list celebrities ahead of the race which was ultimately won by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, including former First Lady Michelle Obama, David Beckham, Venus and Serena Williams, DJ Khaled and Pharrell Williams, among several others.
Brundle thought he had spotted into another household name in Mahomes, after chasing after him and yelling out ‘Patrick’.
He eventually managed to reach his target, asking him about the atmosphere at the event, which was attended by around 250 000 fans.
He replied: ‘This is crazy. I’ve never been to an F1 race so this is spectacular,’ before adding: ‘You can see, they’re locked in. It reminds me of myself.’
At that point, Brundle was told through his ear-piece that he had made an honest mistake and was actually interviewing Banchero.
‘It’s not Patrick, that’s why he ignored me,’ a bemused Brundle told a Sky Sports cameraman who was following him through the throngs of people on the starting grid.
‘What is your name, sir?’ Martin Brundle then asked, before apologising: ‘Well I thought I was talking to somebody else, I’m sorry about that.’
After the awkward moment had spread on social media, Banchero took to Twitter to describe his mood: ‘I’m just vibing right now man.’
Although it remains unclear if Mahomes knew of the interaction before the tweet was shared, he reacted by adding: ‘Bro ain’t no way,’ followed by four laughing emojis.
Mahomes inspired a dramatic comeback in Super Bowl LIV two years ago to seal the Kansas City Chiefs’ first Vince Lombardi trophy since 1970.
Banchero is an Italian-American basketball player, who played college basketball for the Duke Blue Devils during the 2021/22 season.
PATRICK MAHOMES AND PAOLO BANCHERO EASILY CONFUSED?
Martin Brundle himself took to Twitter after the race to write: “There’s a reason why I’ve never watched back an F1 gridwalk in a quarter of a 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.”
RESULTS FROM THE MIAMI GRAND PRIX ON SUNDAY, THE FIFTH ROUND OF THE 2022 FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP:
1. Max Verstappen (NED/Red Bull) 1hr 34 min 24.258sec, 2. Charles Leclerc (MON/Ferrari) at 3.786sec, 3. Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP/Ferrari) at 8.229, 4. Sergio Perez (MEX/Red Bull) at 10.638, 5. George Russell (GBR/Mercedes-AMG) at 18.582, 6. Lewis Hamilton (GBR/Mercedes-AMG) at 21.368, 7. Valtteri Bottas (FIN/Alfa Romeo) at 25.073, 8. Esteban Ocon (FRA/Alpine-Renault) at 28.386, 9. Fernando Alonso (ESP/Alpine-Renault) at 32.128, 10. Alexander Albon (THA/Williams) at 32.365, 11. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS/McLaren-Mercedes) at 35.902, 12. Lance Stroll (CAN/Aston Martin-Mercedes) at 37.026, 13. Yuki Tsunoda (JPN/AlphaTauri-Red Bull) at 40.146, 14. Nicholas Latifi (CAN/Williams) at 49.936, 15. Mick Schumacher (GER/Haas) at 1:13.305, 16. Kevin Magnussen (DEN/Haas) at 1 lap, 17. Sebastian Vettel (GER/Aston Martin-Mercedes) at 3 laps
Did not finish:
Guanyu Zhou (CHN/Alfa Romeo), Lando Norris (GBR/McLaren-Mercedes), Pierre Gasly (FRA/AlphaTauri-Red Bull), Sebastian Vettel (GER/Aston Martin-Mercedes), Kevin Magnussen (DEN/Haas)
1. Charles Leclerc (MON) 104 pts, 2. Max Verstappen (NED) 85, 3. Sergio Perez (MEX) 66, 4. George Russell (GBR) 59, 5. Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP) 53, 6. Lewis Hamilton (GBR) 36, 7. Lando Norris (GBR) 35, 8. Valtteri Bottas (FIN) 30, 9. Estéban Ocon (FRA) 24, 10. Kevin Magnussen (DEN) 15, 11. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) 11, 12. Yuki Tsunoda (JPN) 10, 13. Pierre Gasly (FRA) 6, 14. Fernando Alonso (ESP) 4, 15. Sebastian Vettel (GER) 4, 16. Alexander Albon (THA) 2, 17. Guanyu Zhou (CHN) 1, 18. Lance Stroll (CAN) 1
1. Ferrari 157 pts, 2. Red Bull 151, 3. Mercedes-AMG 95, 4. McLaren-Mercedes 46, 5. Alfa Romeo 31, 6. Alpine-Renault 28, 7. AlphaTauri-Red Bull 16, 8. Haas 15, 9. Aston Martin-Mercedes 5, 10. Williams 2