Currently: BBC F1 lead commentator (6 x RTS TV Sports Award for Best Pundit and a BAFTA)
Career highlights: 1984-96 FIA F1 World Championship with Tyrrell, Zakspeed, Brabham, Benetton, Ligier, McLaren & Jordan teams; 1983 runner-up British F3; 1988 Winner of Daytona 24 hours; 1988 World Sportscar Champion; 1990 Winner of Le Mans 24 Hours with Jaguar;
Martin Brundle has been a household name for more than a decade now as an F1 race commentator on TV, but was already well-known to millions for a decade prior to that as an F1 driver.
Brundle’s career has seen him compete in all manner of machinery. He started out grass tracking aged 12 in a self-built Ford Anglia, moved into saloon cars when 17 and in 1981 was Sir Stirling Moss’s team-mate driving an Audi in the BTCC. He was also a star in single-seaters in Formula Ford 2000 and, most famously, in 1983 when he became a formidable rival to eventual British F3 champion that year, Ayrton Senna. His ability to all but match Senna meant he moved straight to F1 with the Tyrrell team.
He would, in all, contest 12 seasons at motor sport’s highest level, the highlight coming in 1992 as team-mate to Michael Schumacher in the Benetton squad. He remains the only team-mate to have properly rattled Schumacher’s cage in terms of speed and results.
But it was away from F1 that Brundle enjoyed his best results – he’d started racing for Jaguar in European touring cars in 1982 and when it returned to World Sportscars in 1985 he was headhunted to lead its driver line-up. Driving its mighty 7 litre Silk Cut XJR9 – one of motor sport’s all-time most evocative cars – the WSC title became his in 1988 and in 1990 he added to that with victory in the world-famous Le Mans 24 Hours.
After his career as an F1 racing driver ended, Brundle took up the role of F1 race commentator and pundit with ITV and has now switched channels to the BBC. It is a role that has won him many awards and fans as well as an invitation to join Sky Sports to head its live F1 coverage in 2012. In addition to his TV duties he oversees son Alex’s racing career.