Brad Pitt has left Formula One fans furious after the actor snubbed Martin Brundle while on his grid walk at the US Grand Prix. Widely considered the ‘Voice of F1‘, Brundle routinely glides through the paddock on race day with a microphone, which sometimes makes for some cringeworthy interactions. With America home to the biggest celebrities on the planet, many high-profile talents lurked on the track. So, in typical fashion, he went searching for sound bites, but not everybody was down to chit-chat.
Brad Pitt making a movie about F1 but not knowing who the voice of the sport Martin Brundle is pic.twitter.com/Xh3E28xTa8
— Omid Scobie (@scobie) October 23, 2022
In the middle of his Sunday stroll, Brundle spotted Hollywood heavyweight Brad Pitt on the track. The 58-year-old’s entourage provided a moat-like defence as he weighed through the crowd, but that didn’t stop Brundle from marching forward.
“Let’s see if we can have a chat with Brad Pitt,” he said as he stalked Pitt. “Brad, Martin Brundle from Sky F1. How are you doing?”
Not in the mood for questions, Pitt hit the throttle to bypass the interview. However, Brundle didn’t give up easily, chasing down the Oscar-winning star.
“Can you tell us a bit about this move?” Brundle asked.
To which Pitt, still legging it in the other direction, replied: “No, not yet! Top secret.”
He then made a mad dash for the exit, leaving Brundle no choice but to turn back.
Rejected live on air, Brundle handled the situation with a piece of brilliant quick-wit and wordplay.
“Somebody’s grabbing my shoulder… Obviously known as a Pitt stop if they don’t want you to talk to Brad Pitt,” he said.
Bravo, Brundle, bravo.
Many F1 fans were left seething online after Pitt snubbed ‘F1 royalty’. Take a look at the best social media reactions below:
Not sure I understand the logic of Brad Pitt not wanting to spend just a moment to talk to Martin Brundle during the grid walk. I mean, this is his moment to connect with those F1 fans that would see his F1 movie.
— Bill Walker (@East_Tn_Badger) October 23, 2022
Brad Pitt, you’re doing a movie on F1 and don’t know who Martin Brundle is? It’s *the* grid walk. Stop and talk to him.
— Aíne Lagan (@aine_lagan) October 23, 2022
Brad Pitt.. the man starring in an F1 film won’t even stop for 30 seconds to speak to Martin Brundle… if you don’t wanna be interviewed, get off the grid and make way for people who do. #USGP #Formula1 @SkySportsF1 @MBrundleF1
— Jordan Gibbons (@Gibbons1407) October 23, 2022
Brad Pitt obviously doesn’t realise he’s just blatantly dissed F1 royalty in Martin Brundle in front of the whole world.😤
— Ian: Team McLaren 🇺🇦 (@f1mrfox) October 23, 2022
as if Brad Pitt just brushed off Martin Brundle. ITS MARTIN BRUNDLE. this is his playground. 😂
— Charley Louise (@_charleylouisew) October 23, 2022
Death, taxes and American celebs acting like douchecanoes to Martin Brundle https://t.co/TYTtKp0nb3
— David Land™❌ (@DLand91) October 23, 2022
— Nathalie Sturgeon (@nthlstrgn) October 23, 2022
— Peter Clarke (@Petebuddle) October 23, 2022
— Noel Mickedy (@noelmickedy) October 23, 2022
Makes me physically sick when nob head celebrities ignore Martin Brundle on the grid walk. #USGP
— Ayrton (@ayrtonbfc) October 23, 2022
Let’s hope the incident doesn’t impact his upcoming film based on the racing championship. For those who don’t know, Apple has secured Top Gun: Maverick helmer Joseph Kosinski’s Formula One movie, starring Pitt. Currently untitled, the actor will play a driver who comes out of retirement to compete alongside a rookie against the titans of the sport.
We now pray Brundle has signed up for a cameo role.