Martin Brundle has urged celebrities visiting the F1 grid - and especially their entourage - to "learn some manners and respect our patch", as the Sky F1 commentator reacted to a few awkward encounters during his grid walk in Austin.
The US Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas brought out its fair share of celebs last weekend to witness the action.
While the likes of Ben Stiller, golfer Rory Mcllroy or legendary NBA player Shaquille O'Neal - a class act by any celebrity metric - were all smiles and readily available to convey their excitement, others strolled down the grid like royalty, escorted by their usual cohort of overblown bodyguards and followers.
Brundle attempted to get a word from rapper Megan Thee Stallion when her heavy-weight protector intervened before he was rightly dismissed by MTS.
"I think she’s happy… okay boss," a brave Brundle told the bodyguard before asking the artist if she had "any rap for F1".
"I have no rap today, I’m sorry…" courteously replied MTS. But things got awkward when our Brundle asked MTS who she was supporting, just before our Sky F1 man was disdainfully pushed aside by one of the rapper's hangers-on who told him "you can't do that".
"I can do that, because I did," fired back an unimpressed Brundle.
Footage of the encounter went viral on social media, along with another moment when the former F1 driver turned pundit approached Serena Williams for a word from the tennis legend who just walked on and ignored the Briton who, as ever the witty one, was left to tell the viewers that "it's a double fault".
Legend Martin Brundle 😂 pic.twitter.com/Y3VCcBqufb
— Aadoo Ozzo (@Aadozo) October 24, 2021
On Monday, given the amount of exposure the colorful moments had received, Brundle took to Twitter to offer celebrities and their entourage a few words of advice.
"I have felt under pressure on the grid before but by people called Senna, Prost, Schumacher, Mansell, Piquet and so on," said Brundle.
"Bodyguards visiting the grid for the first time don’t bother me, everyone’s got a job to do, but they could maybe learn some manners and respect on our patch."
As they say, the ability to stay calm and polite, even when people upset you, is a superpower. Well done, Martin!
I have felt under pressure on the grid before but by people called Senna, Prost, Schumacher, Mansell, Piquet and so on. Bodyguards visiting the grid for the first time don’t bother me, everyone’s got a job to do, but they could maybe learn some manners and respect on our patch 🤔
— Martin Brundle (@MBrundleF1) October 25, 2021