Martin Brundle puts Kylian Mbappe’s security in his place before Monaco GP


At this year’s Monaco Grand Prix, former F1 driver and Sky Sports F1 commentator Martin Brundle added a memorable chapter to his series of grid walks. During his exploration of the grid, the motorsports legend navigated through the crowd and started an amusing conversation with football superstar Kylian Mbappe.

The Monaco Grand Prix, held in the opulently narrow streets of Monte Carlo, is famed not just for its challenging circuit but as a magnet for celebrities. It was in this glamorous setting that Brundle, during his customary grid walk for Sky F1, spotted Kylian Mbappe. The Paris Saint-Germain phenom, fresh from his season’s end, was invited to the event as a special guest with the honor of waving the chequered flag.

As Brundle approached, a brief obstruction by a security guard could not dampen his resolve. With his trademark wit, Brundle quipped to the security, “It’s alright mate I’m in charge around here.”

“Kylian, Martin Brundle, Sky F1,” he said, approaching the footballer. “I think he’s happy to talk,” he said to his security.

Mbappe’s response was both humble and humorous. When asked if he felt as fast as the racing cars, he replied, “No, no I’m not faster than the cars. I just want to be here like a fan and enjoy the moment.”

Martin Brundle walks on the grid during the Sprint Shootout/Sprint ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of United States at Circuit of The Americas on October 21, 2023 in Austin, United States. Martin Brundle has…


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Fans were quick to react to the hilarious moment on social media, with viewers expressing amusement over Brundle’s assertive approach, a reminder of his encounter with security while trying to interview Megan Thee Stallion at the U.S. Grand Prix. Such interactions accentuate Brundle’s reputation for memorable, if not humorous, celebrity engagements aired on the Sky Sports broadcast.

The race itself, while labeled a little dull despite the first lap chaos, saw Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc triumph from pole position. The event also noted commendable efforts from drivers like Oscar Piastri and Carlos Sainz, who joined the Monegasque driver on the podium with second and third-place finishes, respectively.

The opening lap of the race saw a ‘monster’ crash between Haas’ Kevin Magnussen and Red Bull driver Sergio Perez. As a result, Perez collided with the back of the second Haas driver, Nico Hulkenberg. A red flag was put on the session but this wasn’t the only first lap incident. Carlos Sainz and Oscar Piastri had contact leaving the former with a puncture which made him run wide at Turn 1.

Then, further on into the first lap, the Alpine drivers collided when Esteban Ocon went for an optimistic move down the inside of Pierre Gasly ahead of the famous tunnel. Ocon was sent flying into the air and was forced to retire from the damage caused to his A524. The Frenchman was handed a 10-second penalty which was converted to a 5-place grid penalty for the Canadian Grand Prix as he was unable to serve it during the race in Monte Carlo. Thankfully, none of the drivers were hurt.