Martin Brundle has an awkward exchange with Marco Materazzi on the Australian GP grid walk

The Sky Sports pundit was involved in another classic grid walk moment when he interviewed the former Italy and Inter Milan defender

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Martin Brundle was involved in another classic grid walk moment when he had an awkward exchange with former Italian footballer Marco Materazzi.

That Sky Sports F1 expert and the co-commentator has time to walk the track and interview drivers, team principals and other guests before the start of a Grand Prix race. Today, before the Australian Grand Prix started in Melbourne, Brundle met with the former Inter Milan defender who is also best known for receiving the infamous headbutt from Zinedine Zidane in the 2006 World Cup final.

Brundle’s interview with the ex-pro didn’t turn into a flyer, however, as he initially asked, “Are you Marco Marriachi? Matazzi?” The former footballer remained polite, however, and asked the Sky Sports man how he was doing before Brundle asked him if he was a big Ferrari fan and which team he played for.

Brundle then admitted he wasn’t a big footballer and Materazzi replied: “Do you like football?” He then asked the ex-footballer, who was a guest at Ferrari, if Italy wouldn’t make it to this year’s World Cup in Italy after a shock defeat to North Macedonia made Qatar.

Afterwards, the Sky Sports man felt the interview might not have gone according to plan as he muttered to the camera: “Well that didn’t go well”. It’s the latest incident in Brundle’s grid walks, which have become famous over the years.

The awkward exchange is particularly popular with fans, with a particular incident involving rapper Megan Thee Stallion at last year’s US Grand Prix drawing attention. After asking her a question on the grid, her entourage sent him away, and Brundle gave a typically cheeky reply.

He touched on the subject Twitter after this incident urged F1 guests to ‘respect our patch’ .

There was no lack of drama on the racetrack during the Australian Grand Prix when Max Verstappen retired from the race. His Red Bull came to a halt and marshals rushed to him Fire out of. Carlos Sainz and Sebastian Vettel were also forced to withdraw from the race after respective falls, with Charles Leclerc dominating to claim the win.

Sergio Perez came home second with George Russell Lewis Hamilton took third and fourth place respectively. The result for the Silver Arrows will be another positive given the problems their cars have had in finding pace. The result was also a first podium for Russell, albeit in fortunate circumstances.

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