Oscar Piastri sends message to Martin Brundle after Singapore grid walk snub
Oscar Piastri has sent a message to Martin Brundle after he was snubbed mid-interview at the Singapore Grand Prix, suggesting that the pair should reconvene to finish off the conversation in Suzuka this weekend.
Brundle was attempting to grab drivers for his legendary grid walk segment on the Sky Sports F1 broadcast when he managed to stop Piastri and catch the 22-year-old for a chat. However, midway through this, the broadcaster became distracted.
With Alpine driver Esteban Ocon strolling past, Brundle dropped his conversation to try to catch the Frenchman in order to wish him a happy birthday. In the meantime, Piastri was left awkwardly waiting and decided to scamper off to his spot on the grid.
The young Aussie took to the social media platform X to message Brundle, posting: “Shall we finish that interview in Suzuka @MBrundleF1?” with winking and laughing emojis. Piastri then followed up that tweet by saying: “FWIW (for what it’s worth), I’d have done the same. Happy birthday @OconEsteban.”
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The experienced broadcaster was quick to respond to Piastri’s social media post, replying: “Um, yes sorry about that Oscar, wasn’t my finest gridwalk moment in 26 years. Just wanted to wish Esteban happy birthday as he strode past, but you were DRS open and full battery and quite rightly dropped me like an Aussie Rules rookie.”
McLaren’s star rookie will have soon forgotten about the incident though. The Australian star fought back from 17th on the grid to finish P7 in the race and he did so without the upgrades that were on team-mate Lando Norris’ car, marking another outstanding drive from Piastri.
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Speaking about his Singapore GP debut, Piastri said: “P7. Not a bad night’s work! Obviously, our pace was decent, and I feel that I took advantage of the stuff going on around me after a good first lap. All-in-all, pretty happy with that.
“I don’t think there was too much left on the table there. It’s great to see Lando on the podium and for the team to be rewarded for all their hard work. I’m looking forward to the upgrades next week and hopefully, we can have some more fun.”
This result moved Piastri clear of Esteban Ocon and up into 11th place in the Drivers’ Championship standings after the Frenchman suffered a mechanical issue while running well in sixth place. The 22-year-old is now just three points behind Pierre Gasly and five behind Lance Stroll.
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