Formula One commentator Martin Brundle has apologised to Oscar Piastri after his “incredibly rude” grid-walk snub.
The Sky Sports reporter was conducting his iconic and often awkward grid-walk segment at the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday. He looked to chat with some of the drivers, managing to catch McLaren ace Piastri and stop him for a chat.
But Brundle, 64, suddenly became distracted and abruptly turned his attention to another driver, Esteban Ocon, who was walking past. Brundle brutally cut off Piastri mid-sentence, dropping the conversation to wish the Alpine driver a happy birthday.
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Piastri was left awkwardly hanging and wasted no time in walking off after the snub. But the 22-year-old saw the funny side as the incident went viral on social media.
"Shall we finish that interview in Suzuka @MBrundleF1?" Piastri tweeted with a winking and laughing face emoji post-race.
A red-faced Brundle replied: "Um, yes sorry about that Oscar, wasn’t my finest grid-walk moment in 26 years… Just wanted to wish Esteban happy birthday as he strode past, but you were DRS open and full battery and quite rightly dropped me like an Aussie Rules rookie."
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Fans on social media were left split over the awkward moment, with one writing: “Why did Martin Brundle do Piastri dirty like that? So incredibly rude.”
Another tweeted: “I was watching and felt so bad for poor Oscar,” while a third added: “Good on Piastri! A 22 yr old showing a 64 yr old what is manners and integrity.”
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But a fourth pointed out: “To be fair, Brundle was just saying happy birthday and realised immediately how bad it came off.”
Piastri’s mood would not be dampened, however, gaining an incredible 10 positions from the start of the race to finish seventh. Ocon, meanwhile, was on track for an impressive finish but was forced to retire due to an issue with his car.
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