Martin Brundle is a retired Formula One racing driver who participated in F1 from 1984 until 1996. During his career, Brundle raced for Tyrrell, Zakspeed, Williams, Brabham, Benetton, Ligier, McLaren and the Jordan teams.
Brundle is also a highly respected and well known commentator for British television, in which he worked with ITV-F1 from 1997 until 2008, BBC Sport F1 from 2009 until 2011, and is currently employed by Sky Sports F1 since 2012.
In the 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix, at the final lap of the race, when Lewis Hamilton is about to pass Timo Glock on the final lap to win the 2008 Drivers' Championship, Brundle said "Is that Glock? Is that Glock going slowly?"
Brundle currently sits at third place of most experienced drivers to never win in F1.
Formula One Career
After Brundle's tight battle with Ayrton Senna in British Formula 3, in which Brundle had narrowly loss the title in the last race to the Brazilian driver, both Senna and Brundle had gained the attention of the Formula One teams for the 1984 Formula One Season. Both Brundle and Senna as well as another up and coming talent Stefan Bellof were invited by the McLaren team to test their F1 car at the end of the season at the Silverstone Circuit. All three driver's impressed and were offered drives for the following season. Both Brundle and Bellof would join the Tyrrell team, a relatively strong mid-field team whilst Senna would join Toleman, a similarly pased mid-field team.
The Brazilian Grand Prix marked the first race of the season, Brundle qualified in 15th position three places ahead of teammate Bellof. It was not a great start to the season with both Tyrrell's stuck at the back of the grid, however Brundle's fortunes would notably improve during the race. Poor reliability marked the start of the season and saw 18 of the 26 cars retire, including Brundle's teammate Bellof. Brundle however managed to continue until the chequered flag, stealing fifth place on the last lap from Patrick Tambay's Renault which ran out of fuel on the last lap. Brundle was thus able to score some unexpected points on his Formula One debut.
The Tyrrell's appeared to be even less competitive in qualifying at the next round in South African than they had been in Brazil. Brundle started in 25th, the second last position on the grid. Teammate Bellof faired little better and was only one position ahead of Brundle. Whilst most of the field was hampered by poor reliability once again, Brundle was able to continue to the end of the race once again, albeit significantly off the pace finishing in 11th and last place.
The next race in Belgium saw little improvement for the Tyrrell team. Bellof once again had only just barely pipped Brundle to a higher grid position, starting in 21st with Brundle right behind in 22nd. Brundle had his first Formula One retirement in Spa, breaking down on lap 51. Teammate Bellof went on to score his first points in F1, finishing 5th in the race, now equalling Brundle in the championship.
The next race in San Marino saw the Tyrrell's line-up 21st and 22nd once again, Bellof beating Brundle once again. The Tyrrell's once again proved uncompetitive, with Brundle retiring with only 5 laps to go, and Bellof finishing in a disgruntled 11th position.
At the French Grand Prix, Brundle qualified in 23rd, three places behind his German teammate. The Tyrrell's still were unable to find any competitive race pace either with Brundle finishing the race three laps off the winner Niki Lauda as teammate Bellof retired from the race.
The Monaco Grand Prix was next in on the calendar. Whilst in qualifying, Brundle had an enormous accident in which he managed to roll the car whilst hitting the barriers at Tabac corner. Brundle exited his Tyrrell only semi-conscious and when he went back to the pits to enter the spare car, Brundle had forgotten what race track he was at. Team Manager Ken Tyrrell pulled Brundle out of the session after asking over the radio whether he should turn left or right upon exiting the garage. Despite later being given the all clear by Dr Sid Watkins, the track race doctor, Brundle did not reenter the session and therefore did not qualify for the race. It was a missed opportunity for Brundle, as teammate Bellof garnered his first podium finishing in third place during the wet conditions.
After teammate Bellof's recent success, Brundle was determined for him not to establish command over the team and outqualified him to 21st place in the Canadian Grand Prix. Brundle's Tyrrell once again proved to be reliable yet without any speed finishing in a distance ninth position, despite being engaged in a tense duel with F3 rival Ayrton Senna and the ATS of Manfred Winkelhock.
The Detroit Grand Prix would be a significant moment for Brundle and the Tyrrell team during the 1984 season. In qualifying, it was evident the Tyrrell's were much more competitive, Brundle putting in an excellent performance to qualify 11th, the team's highest grid position so far in the season. Teammate Bellof was only a few places down in 16th. The first start was aborted after an accident at the first corner. Upon the restart, both Tyrrell cars were immediately competitive, getting the jump on all of their nearby rivals. By lap 17 Brundle and Bellof were running a highly competitive 5th and 6th in the race. The two Tyrrell cars continued to lap faster than their rivals. Bellof, however, would ruin his race by crashing into the barriers and retiring. Tyrrell's hopes lay solely in the hands of Brundle. After the retirements of Derek Warwick's Renault and Keke Rosberg's Williams, Brundle found himself in third place. Only the Brabham of Nelson Piquet and the Lotus of Elio de Angelis remained ahead of him. De Angelis began suffering gearbox issues, and on lap 56, Brundle overtook the Lotus driver. Spurred on by his success Brundle began to chase down race leader and Piquet and by the last lap was right on the Brabham driver's tail, yet ran out of time to overtake Piquet for the win. Nonetheless, it was an amazing performance by the young British driver, who nearly won the race in underperforming machinery.
However, only shortly after the podium ceremony, the stewards began investigating the Tyrrell's for a technical infringement. There was found to be impurities in the water injection in the Tyrrell cars, with evidence to suggest these water levels were topped up in a pit-stop and thus being classified as refuelling which had been banned for the 1984 season, the Tyrrell team were disqualified from the championship. Both Brundle and Bellof's amazing results were therefore erased from the scoreboard much to the disappointment of many within F1, not least the Tyrrell team.
Despite the disqualification from the championship, Tyrrell vowed to continue on in the championship despite being aware they would not gain any points for the remainder of the season. The season was about to get even worse for Brundle and Tyrrell as during qualifying for the Dallas Grand Prix, Brundle had another huge accident during qualifying. Brundle slammed into the concrete barrier before bouncing off and slamming into the barrier once again. Brundle broke both his ankles and feet, the severity of his injuries would keep him out for the rest of the season. Despite returning to F1 in 1985, the accident in Dallas continues to plague Brundle with pain to the current day.
Brundle was replaced in the team by Stefan Johansson for the remainder of the season, however the Tyrrell team pulled out of the season early after round 13, feeling it was pointless to continue in a championship they would continue to be disqualified in for the remainder of the season. Despite the lows of 1984, both Brundle and Bellof were recognised and respected in the paddock as stars of the future, pushing the limits of their uncompetitive machinery both of whom were realised as a formidable force within Formula One.
Formula One Statistical Overview
Formula One Record
|Year||Entrant||Team||WDC Points||WDC Pos.||Report|
|1984||Tyrrell Racing Organisation||Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth||0*||NC*||Report|
|1985||Tyrrell Racing Organisation||Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth||0||NC||Report|
|1986||Data General Team Tyrrell||Tyrrell-Renault||8||11th||Report|
|1987||West Zakspeed Racing||Zakspeed||2||18th||Report|
|1988||Canon Williams Team||Williams-Judd||0||NC||Report|
|1989||Motor Racing Developments||Brabham-Yamaha||4||20th||Report|
|1990||Did Not Compete|
|1991||Motor Racing Developments||Brabham-Yamaha||2||15th||Report|
|1992||Camel Benetton Ford||Benetton-Ford Cosworth||38||6th||Report|
|1993||Ligier Gitanes Blondes||Ligier-Mugen-Honda||13||7th||Report|
|1994||Marlboro McLaren Peugeot||McLaren-Peugeot||16||7th||Report|
|1995||Ligier Gitanes Blondes||Ligier-Mugen-Honda||7||13th||Report|
|1996||B&H Total Jordan Peugeot||Jordan-Peugeot||8||11th||Report|
|1997||Danka Arrows Yamaha||Arrows-Yamaha||Test Driver|
* In 1984, Brundle's team, Tyrrell, were disqualified and banned from entering the remaining races that were left on the calendar, due to a technical infringement discovered at the race in Detroit. Brundle had scored 8 points until that point.
Non-Racing Formula One Career
|2009||Commentator||BBC Sport F1|
|2010||Commentator||BBC Sport F1|
|2011||Commentator||BBC Sport F1|
|2012||Commentator||Sky Sports F1|
|2013||Commentator||Sky Sports F1|
|2014||Commentator||Sky Sports F1|
|2015||Commentator||Sky Sports F1|
|2016||Commentator||Sky Sports F1|
|Front Row Starts||0|
|Distance Raced||35161.125 km (21848 mi)|
|Distance Led||0 km (0 mi)|
|Complete Formula One results|
|3rd||DNQ||Did not qualify|
|5th||Points finish||DNPQ||Did not pre-qualify|
|14th||Non-points finish||TD||Test driver|
|NC||Non-classified finish (<90% race distance)||DNS||Did not start|
|Italics||Scored point(s) for Fastest Lap||[+] More Symbols|
- Race stopped after 31/76 Laps. Half points awarded
- Race stopped after 14/81 Laps. Half points awarded
|V T E||Grand Prix Drivers' Association|
Moss • Bonnier • Stewart • Scheckter • Pironi • Senna • M. Schumacher • Coulthard • R. Schumacher • De la Rosa • Heidfeld • Barrichello • Wurz
M. Schumacher • Berger • Brundle • D. Hill • Coulthard • Wurz • Trulli • Webber • R. Schumacher • Alonso • De la Rosa • Heidfeld • Massa • Vettel • Barrichello • Button • Grosjean
|Affected races |
1969 Belgian Grand Prix • 1970 German Grand Prix • 1982 South African Grand Prix • 1994 San Marino Grand Prix
Professional Racing Drivers Assocation
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