F1 pundit Martin Brundle, from King’s Lynn, speaks out for first time since being taken ill at British Grand Prix
PUBLISHED: 18:43 17 July 2017 | UPDATED: 11:23 19 July 2017
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Formula One’s Martin Brundle has apologised for missing out on Lewis Hamilton’s glorious British Grand Prix victory after being taken ill just before he was about to commentate on the race.
Speaking out for the first time since being taken ill ahead of Sunday’s race, the racer-turned-pundit from King’s Lynn Tweeted: “Apologies @MercedesAMGF1 As you crafted a glorious one-two yesterday I was vomiting in your hospitality unit. Other guests looked happier.”
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Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton won the event ahead of Finnish team-mate Valtteri Bottas.
The former Benetton, Tyrrell, McLaren and Jordan driver was about to take the microphone for the 2017 event at Silverstone, Northamptonshire for Sky Sports.
But the broadcaster announced that he had been taken ill before the start of the race and that he had been taken to the medical centre at the Grand Prix circuit.
The former King Edward VII School pupil was due to be presented with a trophy at the start of the race to mark his 20 years in broadcasting.
His colleague, fellow former Grand Prix driver Damon Hill, received the trophy in his honour.
Sky later released a statement which said: “We’re pleased to report that Martin has left the circuit and gave fans a thumbs up as he walked out.”
Fans took to Twitter to wish Mr Brundle a speedy recovery as another former Grand Prix driver, Paul di Resta, took his place in the commentary box.
There were fears from some fans that Mr Brundle might have experienced heart trouble, after he revealed earlier this year that he had a minor heart attack during the 2016 Monaco Grand Prix.
After leaving King Edward VII School in Gayton Road, King’s Lynn when it was still a grammar school, he worked his way up through junior racing formulae, including Formula Ford and Formula Three, before landing a coveted seat in Formula One in 1984.
From there he embarked on a successful 12-year career during which he drove for top teams and raced legends such as Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost and Michael Schumacher.
Since 1997, he has been a highly-popular commentator for the BBC, ITV and Sky on the sport he once raced in.