Martin Brundle comically responds to basketball legend snub

Martin Brundle spoke to a staggering 13 celebrities ahead of the first Las Vegas GP since 1982.

Ex-Formula 1 driver Martin Brundle comically reacted to a failed interview with basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal, who’s better known by the nickname ‘Shaq’.

As per usual, the ex-F1 driver turned Sky Sports F1 pundit completed his traditional grid walk, which was filled with A-listers ahead of the Las Vegas Grand Prix.

Ahead of the first F1 race in Las Vegas since 1982, Brundle spoke to a staggering 13 celebrities, although it would’ve been 14 had Shaq not been interested.

Brundle was clearly hopeful that a quick interview with the 7’11” basketball legend would be possible; however, Shaq had other ideas.

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The ex-F1 driver found Shaq on the grid with Red Bull, as he stopped for a photo with some of the side’s personnel and team principal Christian Horner.

When Brundle approached Shaq, he informed Sky Sports F1 viewers that he had an “extra-long cable” so that the microphone would reach the popular basketball icon.

Unfortunately for the nine-time F1 podium finisher, the 15-time NBA All-Star had no intention of talking to Brundle.

“Shaquille O’Neal, I’ve actually got an extra-long cable put on my microphone tonight in case I got somewhere near him,” Brundle said live on Sky Sports F1, “but yeah, let’s try and do that.”

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When it dawned on Brundle that an interview with the NBA legend wouldn’t happen, he commented: “I don’t think he’s up for it. Wasted my long mic cable!”

Brundle attempted an interview one last time as he walked past him, although Shaq completely ignored what the ex-F1 driver was saying and simply stated three words.

“Lewis Hamilton, baby” Shaq said, whilst walking past Brundle, whom put a microphone in his face.

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Hilariously, Brundle joked that Shaq’s few words would “cover it”, before he made fun of the fact that his TV career could be “over” following the embarrassing snub.

“Lewis Hamilton, baby. That’ll cover it,” Brundle laughed in response to Shaq’s comment, which was made next to Max Verstappen’s car.

“Yeah, it’s okay. I’ve had a great television career so, honestly, it doesn’t really matter, does it, if it’s over this evening?”