Martin Brundle

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Martin Brundle
Martin Brundle 2011
Nation: United KingdomUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
Formula 1 world championship
First start: 1984 Brazilian Grand Prix
Last start: 1996 Japanese Grand Prix
1984–1986  Tyrrell  • 1987  Zakspeed  • 1988  Williams  • 1989/1991  Brabham  • 1992  Benetton  • 1993  Ligier  • 1994  McLaren  • 1995  Ligier  • 1996  Jordan
World Cup balance: World Cup sixth ( 1992 )
Starts Victories Poles SR
158 - - -
World Cup points : 98
Podiums : 9
Leadership laps : -
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Martin John Brundle (born June 1, 1959 in King's Lynn , Norfolk , England ) is a British television commentator and former racing car driver . He reports live from Formula 1 for the British broadcaster Sky Sports .

Brundle started between 1984 and 1996 at 158 ​​Grand Prix in the Formula 1 World Championship, but he achieved his greatest successes in sports car races . He won the world championship there in 1988 and was victorious in the endurance classic in Le Mans in 1990 . Brundle's son Alex is also active as a racing driver.

Driver career

Brundle started his career at the age of 18 in the British Formula Ford . He quickly rose to Formula 3 and drove there in 1983 with the later Formula 1 world champion Ayrton Senna for the title, which he just lost. For the 1984 season, Brundle moved to Formula 1 , where he was teammate of the German Stefan Bellof at Team Tyrrell . In his seventh race in Detroit , Brundle was able to achieve a spectacular success when he finished second. However, the Tyrrell team and its drivers were disqualified at the end of the season due to allegations of technical manipulation and all results were withdrawn, so that this placement was invalid. For Brundle, the season ended prematurely two weeks after the race in Detroit after a serious accident in qualifying for the US Grand Prix in Dallas , in which he injured his feet, which has since caused him problems with braking. Since in the further course of the 1980s Brundle did not have any notable successes in Formula 1 because of the hardly competitive material at Tyrrell and Zakspeed , he took part in sports car races. There he won the world championship in 1988 and the Le Mans 24-hour race in 1990 , both in a Jaguar .

Martin Brundle in a Tyrrell 014 at the 1985 European Grand Prix

Back in Formula 1, Brundle got a cockpit at the later world championship team Benetton , where he became a teammate of Michael Schumacher , thanks to his sports car successes in the 1992 season . It was Brundle's most successful Formula 1 season: he was on the podium five times and came second behind his former opponent Ayrton Senna, his best individual result at the Italian Grand Prix in Monza . Despite the success, Brundle was clearly in the shadow of the later record world champion Schumacher, who finished third in the world championship with a victory, while Brundle took sixth place in the drivers' standings. Brundle's contract was not extended by Benetton team boss Flavio Briatore .

In 1993 Brundle started for Ligier and achieved impressive results in a solid car from the front midfield. He was third on the podium at the San Marino Grand Prix and finished seventh in the World Championship. When he was offered the vacated cockpit of Ayrton Senna for the then most successful team in Formula 1 history, McLaren , in the 1994 season , Brundle took it and became a teammate of the eventual world champion Mika Häkkinen . Once again, however, he was unable to demonstrate his skills with a top team and was clearly behind Häkkinen throughout the season. He achieved a remarkable success at the Monaco Grand Prix , which he finished second behind his former team-mate Michael Schumacher. At the end of the season Brundle lost his cockpit again and went back to Ligier for the 1995 season. There he was able to draw attention to himself again at the Belgian Grand Prix on the Spa-Francorchamps track, known as the driver's track , when he finished third in changing weather conditions.

Martin Brundle in a Le Mans Bentley, 2001

In 1996 Brundle played his last Formula 1 season for the Jordan team. Many technical failures faced bad starting positions and only eight championship points. Since Eddie Jordan no longer planned with him for the following season, Brundle ended his Formula 1 career. In total, he took part in over 160 Grand Prix races (158 starts) and was on the podium nine times. His best starting position was third place at the 1993 French Grand Prix in Magny-Cours . He did not achieve any lead kilometers or fastest race laps.

In 1997, Brundle returned to sports cars and started again for Nissan at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. In 1998 and 1999 he repeated this for Toyota with the GT1. He also competed in the 2001 Bentley comeback at Le Mans. However , there was no further start, which was planned with his friend Mark Blundell in an Aston Martin . The two then drove together for the 2011 Daytona 24 Hours, where they finished fourth, on the same lap as the winner.

In 2015, as part of a Force India film day , Brundle took a seat in a Formula 1 car again after almost 19 years.

Further career

Brundle first became a commentator for the British TV station ITV Sport in 1997 and accompanied, u. a. temporarily together with Murray Walker , until 2008 the Formula 1 reporting. From 2009 to 2011 he worked in the same position for the BBC before moving to the pay-TV channel Sky, where he still works today.

In the meantime, Brundle was also a motorsport official (chairman of the British Racing Drivers' Club ) and manager of the former Scottish Formula 1 driver David Coulthard .



Le Mans results

year team vehicle Teammate Teammate placement Failure reason
1987 United KingdomUnited Kingdom Silk Cut Jaguar Jaguar XJR8 LM DenmarkDenmark John Nielsen GermanyGermany Armin Hahne failure Cylinder overheated
1988 United KingdomUnited Kingdom Silk Cut Jaguar Jaguar XJR9 LM DenmarkDenmark John Nielsen failure Cylinder overheated
1990 United KingdomUnited Kingdom Silk Cut Jaguar Jaguar XJR12 LM DenmarkDenmark John Nielsen United StatesUnited States Price Cobb Overall victory 1
1997 JapanJapan Tom Walkinshaw Racing Nissan Motorsport Nissan R390 GT1 GermanyGermany Jörg Müller South AfricaSouth Africa Wayne Taylor failure accident
1998 JapanJapan Toyota Motorsport Toyota GT-One FranceFrance Emmanuel Collard FranceFrance Eric Helary failure accident
1999 JapanJapan Toyota Motorsport Toyota GT-One FranceFrance Emmanuel Collard ItalyItaly Vincenzo Sospiri failure Tire damage
2001 United KingdomUnited Kingdom Team Bentley Bentley Exp Speed ​​8 FranceFrance Stéphane Ortelli United KingdomUnited Kingdom Guy Smith failure Fire
2012 United KingdomUnited Kingdom Greaves Motorsport Zytek ZS11N United KingdomUnited Kingdom Alex Brundle SpainSpain Lucas Ordoñez Rank 15

1 After electrical problems in his original vehicle, Brundle switched to the later winning car and replaced Eliseo Salazar .

Sebring results

year team vehicle Teammate Teammate placement Failure reason
1988 United KingdomUnited Kingdom Castrol Jaguar Racing Jaguar XJR-9D DenmarkDenmark John Nielsen BrazilBrazil Raul Boesel failure Engine failure

Individual results in the sports car world championship

season team race car 1 2 3 4th 5 6th 7th 8th 9 10 11
1985 jaguar Jaguar XJR-6 ItalyItaly MUG ItalyItaly MON United KingdomUnited Kingdom SIL FranceFrance LEM GermanyGermany HOK CanadaCanada MOS BelgiumBelgium SPA United KingdomUnited Kingdom BRH JapanJapan FUJ MalaysiaMalaysia SEL
3 5
1986 jaguar Jaguar XJR-6 ItalyItaly MON United KingdomUnited Kingdom SIL FranceFrance LEM GermanyGermany NOW United KingdomUnited Kingdom BRH SpainSpain JER GermanyGermany ONLY BelgiumBelgium SPA JapanJapan FUJ
1987 jaguar Jaguar XJR-8 SpainSpain JAR SpainSpain JER ItalyItaly MON United KingdomUnited Kingdom SIL FranceFrance LEM GermanyGermany NOW United KingdomUnited Kingdom BRH GermanyGermany ONLY BelgiumBelgium SPA JapanJapan FUJ
1988 jaguar Jaguar XJR-9 SpainSpain JER SpainSpain JAR ItalyItaly MON United KingdomUnited Kingdom SIL FranceFrance LEM Czech RepublicCzech Republic BRÜ United KingdomUnited Kingdom BRH GermanyGermany ONLY BelgiumBelgium SPA JapanJapan FUJ AustraliaAustralia SAN
DNF 1 1 1 DNF 2 1 2 2 1 3
1990 jaguar Jaguar XJR-11 JapanJapan SUZ ItalyItaly MON United KingdomUnited Kingdom SIL BelgiumBelgium SPA FranceFrance DIJ GermanyGermany ONLY United KingdomUnited Kingdom DON CanadaCanada MOT MexicoMexico MEX
DNF 3 1 DNF 5 3 DNF 15th DNF
1991 jaguar Jaguar XJR-14 JapanJapan SUZ ItalyItaly MON United KingdomUnited Kingdom SIL FranceFrance LEM GermanyGermany ONLY FranceFrance LIKE MexicoMexico MEX JapanJapan AUT
DNF 1 3

Web links

Commons : Martin Brundle  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Motorsport Magazin: Martin Brundle takes a seat in Force India , article from May 26, 2015