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Martin Brundle

Knowledge Identifier: +Martin_Brundle


Martin Brundle

British racing driver from England, known as a Formula One driver and as an F1 commentator for ITV Sport from 1997 to 2008, the BBC from 2009 to 2011 and Sky Sports from 2012 add

Category: Auto racing

Born in 1959.

Countries: United Kingdom (31%), UK (12%), (12%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Formula One, Sky Sports, Toyota

Linked to: Jaguar Cars, Tyrrell Racing, Brabham, Equipe Ligier




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Martin Brundle was born in 1959 add something


"'Martin John Brundle"' is a British racing driver from England, known as a Formula One driver and as a commentator for ITV Sport from 1997 to 2008, the BBC from 2009 to 2011 and Sky Sports from 2012 add something


In 1975, he moved to Hot Rod racing and received 'Star grade' status add something


In 1979, he started single seater racing in Formula Ford add something


Stirling Moss - He evetually left ABC in 1980 when he made a brief driving comeback in the British Touring Car Championship with Audi, alongside Martin Brundle


In 1982, he moved up to Formula Three achieving five pole positions and two wins in his debut season add something


Eddie Jordan - In 1982 his primary driver was James Weaver; in 1983 Weaver ran again in European F3 and Jordan hired Martin Brundle, who finished second to Ayrton Senna in British F3


Brundle contested the British Formula Three Championship in 1983, finishing a close second to Ayrton Senna, and the two progressed to Formula One the next year add something


Brundle had been associated with Jaguar since 1983, when he drove TWR-prepared Jaguar XJS touring cars in the European Touring Car Championship add something


Davy Jones (racing driver) - In 1983 he came 3rd in the British Formula Three Championship behind Ayrton Senna and Martin Brundle


In 1984, he was offered a Formula One entry add something


Tyrrell were disqualified from the entire world championship for 1984 due to a technical infringement add something


He scored only eight points in his time with Tyrrell, all in the 1986 season add something


In 1987 he moved to Zakspeed but scored only two points during the year; both were scored for finishing fifth at the 1987 San Marino Grand Prix add something


Brabham - Italian driver Stefano Modena, who had driven for the team in the 1987 Australian Grand Prix in a one off drive for the team, drove alongside the more experienced Martin Brundle who was returning to Formula One after spending 1988 winning the World Sportscar Championship for Jaguar


Four years of Formula One racing for underfunded teams led Brundle to seek a new challenge, and thus in 1988 he took a year out add something


He was the 1988 World Sportscar Champion, with a record points score, and won the 1990 24 Hours of Le Mans race for Jaguar Cars in an Jaguar XJR-12 add something


In 1989 he returned to Formula One full-time with the returning Brabham squad, but the former champions were unable to recapture their early 1980s success and Brundle opted to move back into the sports car arena for 1990 add something


As well as contesting races in sports prototypes, Brundle contested the American IROC series in 1990 add something


In 1991 he rejoined Brabham, but the squad had fallen even further down the grid and good results were sparse add something


Seasoned observers noticed Brundle's drives into the points in the uncompetitive Brabham Yamaha in 1991, which was the last points finish for the Brabham team add something


Brundle achieved 9 podiums, and scored a total of 98 championship points, with a best championship finish of 6th in 1992 add something


In 1992 he had a productive season, with a strong finish to the year add something


This helped Brundle get a 1992 switch to Benetton, with whom he would finally claim a recognised podium finish and consistent points finishes with some gritty drives add something


McLaren were hopeful of re-signing Alain Prost, who had retired at the end of 1993 after winning his fourth championship title, but decided not to renege on his retirement in March, and Brundle got the drive, beating out McLaren test driver Philippe Alliot add something


Still in demand within F1, Brundle raced for Ligier in 1993 add something


To the shock of the F1 paddock, Brundle found himself dropped from Benetton for 1993, Italian Riccardo Patrese taking his place add something


Damon Hill - When Mansell's team-mate Riccardo Patrese left Williams to drive for Benetton in 1993, Hill was unexpectedly promoted to the race team alongside triple world champion Alain Prost ahead of more experienced candidates such as Martin Brundle and Mika Häkkinen


For 1994 Brundle was in the frame for the vacant McLaren seat alongside Mika Häkkinen add something


McLaren were on a downturn and throughout 1994 were unable to win add something


Before becoming a regular commentator, Brundle was part of the 1995 BBC commentary team whenever Aguri Suzuki was driving the Ligier-Mugen Honda, such as the 1995 San Marino Grand Prix add something


Having had poor luck and with Mansell signed to McLaren for 1995, Brundle once more raced for Ligier that year, although not for the full season add something


In 1996 he teamed up with Rubens Barrichello at Jordan and enjoyed a good season, despite a slow start and a spectacular crash at Melbourne's inaugural GP, with regular points, fourth his best result add something


In 1996, a golden ring and a blue drawing resembling a B were added add something


The title is a reference to his 1996 crash in Melbourne add something


Australian Grand Prix - On the first lap of the first race in 1996, Jordan's Martin Brundle was launched into the air in an enormous accident


Having largely retired from motor racing, Brundle became a highly regarded commentator on British television network ITV, whom he joined when they began Formula One coverage in 1997, initially alongside Murray Walker, and from 2002 James Allen add something


He was offered a seat at Sauber in 1997 following the dropping of Nicola Larini, but decided against it add something


Ralf Schumacher - In January 1997, Giancarlo Fisichella was confirmed as Schumacher's team-mate replacing Martin Brundle, who expressed a desire to remain with the team


Brundle presented a documentary on British television in 1998 called "Great Escapes", which showed generally live recordings, and occasionally reconstructions, of stories where human beings managed to somehow survive in face of various dangers or perils add something


For his television work Brundle has won the RTS Television Sports Award for best Sports Pundit in 1998, 1999, 2005 and 2006 add something


Ricardo Rosset - The 1998 season was another unsuccessful one for Rosset, leading to a joke from Martin Brundle, who, upon Murray Walker's suggestion that people were debating whether Rosset was F1 quality, he remarked "it's a fairly short debate"


Toyota GT-One - The Toyota GT-One topped the speed trap results during practice for Le Mans 1999 when the car of Martin Brundle, Emmanuel_Collard, and Vincenzo Sospiri was clocked at 351 km/h


The business closed in 2003 after losing the local Toyota and Peugeot franchises add something


Brundle took the wheel of a Jaguar F1 car for the Formula One demonstration in London prior to the 2004 British Grand Prix and drove a BMW Sauber during a demonstration in 2006 add something


In 2004 he released his first book "Working the Wheel" add something


Also in 2006, Brundle drove a 2005 Red Bull Racing car around Silverstone as part of ITV's 'F1 Insight' feature add something


Anthony Davidson - Having previously done some radio commentary work for BBC Radio 5 Live, in 2006 he made his debut as a television commentator, standing in for the absent Martin Brundle for ITV Sport at the Hungarian Grand Prix, which was won by Jenson Button and the Honda team


This was followed up in 2007 with Brundle and colleague Blundell both driving Williams F1 cars to demonstrate overtaking add something


In September 2007 he suggested that the treatment of McLaren "had the feel of a witch hunt" in his "Sunday Times" column add something


Damon Hill - He has contributed many articles to F1 Racing magazine and has twice appeared in ITV F1's commentary box, covering for Martin Brundle at the 2007 and 2008 Hungarian Grands Prix


In 2008 he came out of retirement to drive in the Formula Palmer Audi Championship alongside his son Alex, who was a series regular add something


Brundle joined the BBC's commentary team alongside Jonathan Legard when they won the rights to show F1 from 2009 add something


Discussing the return of Formula One to the BBC in 2009, "The Times" described Brundle "as the greatest TV analyst in this or any other sport add something


He co-owned a management company, 2MB Sports Management, alongside Mark Blundell until January 2009, when he announced his intention to step down in order to focus on his television responsibilities and his son's career add something


On Friday 13 February 2009, Brundle presented "BBC Look East"'s 6,30 pm bulletin, with Susie Fowler-Watt, reproducing his famous gridwalk add something


With Steve Rider busy covering the England versus Kazakhstan 2010 FIFA World Cup Group 6 qualification match, Brundle co-commentated and presented coverage of the 2008 Japanese Grand Prix at Fuji Speedway add something


Brundle came out of retirement again to race for United Autosports in the 2011 Daytona 24 Hours, sharing a Ford-powered Riley with Zak Brown, Mark Patterson and former Ligier and Brabham teammate Blundell; the team finished fourth overall add something


He completed a total of 70 laps on all of their tyre compounds, with the results and events of the day aired before the 2011 Hungarian Grand Prix add something


He signed for Sky Sports' coverage at the end of 2011 following the BBC's decision to relinquish their rights to show half of the following season's races live due to budgetary constraints add something


In June 2011, shortly before the 2011 European Grand Prix, Brundle completed a one-off Formula One test for the series' tyre supplier Pirelli at Jerez add something


Brundle returned to Le Mans in 2012 but previous to that last raced in 2001, between which he focused on his role with the British Racing Drivers' Club add something


In June 2012, Brundle made a return to competitive racing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, teaming up with son Alex to race a Greaves Motorsport-run Zytek-Nissan LMP2 add something


In June 2013 he released his second book "The Martin Brundle Scrapbook", one of a series of books by Porter Press International on iconic figures in motor sport add something


In July 2013, Porter Press International launched the Martin Brundle Scrapbook, compiled by Martin and author Philip Porter add something


In 2017, Brundle announced that while covering the 2016 Monaco Grand Prix for Sky Sports, "I had a small heart attack running to do the podium" add something


Paul di Resta - As of 2018, he's the backup analyst for races, filling in for Martin Brundle when Brundle is unavailable