‘Unnecessary, but nice of him’: Martin Brundle reveals Hollywood superstar Brad Pitt contacted him to explain why he SNUBBED the F1 legend during his renowned grid walk at the United States Grand Prix
- Brad Pitt was in attendance at the US Grand Prix in Austin, Texas on Sunday
- F1 commentator Martin Brundle tried to interview the actor on his grid walk
- But the A-Lister seemingly snubbed the pundit when he tried to talk to him
- Brundle has now revealed that Pitt has gotten in touch to explain what happened
- Pitt, 58, is reportedly set to star in a Formula One inspired blockbuster movie
Martin Brundle has revealed that Hollywood superstar Brad Pitt has been in contact with him to explain why he snubbed the Sky Sports presenter during his infamous grid walk.
The 58-year-old actor had been in attendance throughout the weekend of the United States Grand Prix, in Austin, Texas, as he plans to make a movie about Formula One.
However, he was slammed by the sport’s fans for giving legendary driver and TV pundit Brundle the cold shoulder before Sunday’s race.
Brad Pitt snubbed Sky Sports Martin Brundle on the presenter’s infamous pre-race grid walk
Brundle attempted to interview Pitt, although the star of movies including Bullet Train, Fight Club and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, carried on walking and appeared to be in a rush to get away from the F1 personality.
The Sky Sports pundit though has now posted a message on Twitter in which he said Pitt was ‘nice’ to send him a message.
He wrote: ‘Got a note from Brad Pitt explaining what happened with our near miss on the Austin grid. Unnecessary, but nice of him.
‘Absolutely nobody is obliged to talk to me on the grid, but as I endeavor to make 10/12 minutes of live and unscripted sports TV I’m obliged to at least ask.’
Brundle is known for his grid walks where he tries to nab big names in attendance for interviews.
Pitt is reportedly set to star as a washed-up driver turned team owner who returns to the cockpit in an upcoming film based on the sport.
Brundle attempted to ask Pitt about his blockbuster movie in the works but the movie star quickly shut him down.
Pitt claimed it was top secret as he started to turn his back on Bundle and continue walking.
Brundle then continued to add that he had seen Pitt around quite a bit throughout the week and asked if he had enjoyed his time at the Grand Prix, to which the A-Lister simply replied, ‘Thank you, man’ and continued walking away.
The Sky Sports pundit then joked: ‘Obviously they’re known as Pitt stops, if they don’t want you to talk to Brad Pitt.’
Legendary Oscar-nominated actor Pitt was present throughout the entire weekend, and was pictured in the Mercedes garage on Sunday, where he greeted his good friend Hamilton alongside Apple CEO Cook.
Brundle attempted to ask Pitt about his blockbuster movie but the star kept on walking
On Thursday night, Hamilton joined Pitt at the poshest steakhouse in the state capital, as Formula One’s top brass hatched their next major screen blockbuster, which Hamilton will act as co-producer and consultant for.
It is hoped it will build on Netflix’s Drive to Survive series, which has drawn in a new audience who now understand that what happens on track is only a fraction of what this sport is about.
However, fans slammed Pitt for planning to star in the film without knowing who ‘the voice of the sport is’.
US film producer Jerry Bruckheimer (left), actor Pitt and film director Joseph Kosinski (right) ahead of the race in Austin
Pitt waves to the crowd in Texas, but he appeared in no mood to speak to Martin Brundle
Lewis Hamilton hugs Brad Pitt (center) as the 12 Years A Slave actor and Apple CEO Tim Cook (right) wait to meet him
One F1 fan posted on Twitter: ‘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.’
Another added: ‘I hate when celebrity bodyguards try and get Martin Brundle away. Lad your at the F1 if you don’t want to be interviewed don’t come on the grid…’
‘Brad Pitt went down in my book,’ another social media user wrote. They added: ‘So disrespectful. When Martin Brundle approaches you on the grid, you stop and chat.’
Fans slammed the Hollywood star for making an F1-inspired movie without knowing Brundle