Hello all and welcome to Thursday.  We've had time by now to look back and reflect on what was a reasonably good Grand Prix.  For the leader it was a pretty boring, formulaic race but for those further down the field things got a little more interesting.  I've decided not to do a Memorable Moments post this time around, primarily because the Singapore GP has only been around four years and apart from the Nelson Piquet Jr thing and the Felipe Massa fuel-rig thing in '08, there's really been nothing specifically memorable about this track.  There was of course the Hamilton vs. Massa thing this year, then again, the main reason why that's memorable is because it only happened four days ago.  All this is unfortunate, because it means I'll need to work extra hard to make this Daily a little more interesting.  Still, needs must, and my efforts are exemplified here.  Back in August I did a YouTube-inspired motor racing biography of English racing driver James Hunt.  This time I've chosen another English racing driver-turned-pundit-turned-commentator-turned-father-of-a-racing-driver, Martin Brundle.  So here we go:

  • Martin Brundle first came to public prominence in the British F3 Championships in 1983, his second season in the tier, where he was involved in a tense, season-long battle with some Brazilian guy by the name of Ayrton Senna.  They raced hard against each other, and in some cases, a little too hard.  Fortunately, he had a lucky escape and would go on to finish second in the end-of-season standings behind Senna, with the championship going right to the final laps of the final race.
  • Martin got his first taste of Formula 1 the following year where he drove for Tyrrell.  It was an up-and-down year, ups consisting of scoring points in his very first race in Brazil and a podium at Detroit, downs consisting of a qualifying crash at Monaco - here he is, talking about it - and worst of all, having all his results annulled when the team was disqualified from the 1984 season due to a technical infringement.
  • Martin Brundle also forayed into Sports Cars during the 80s, such as debuting the Jaguar XJR-6 no. 51 at Mosport Park, Canada.  Sadly, it was the same day Manfred Winkelhock lost his life as a result of a bad accident after exiting the pits on cold tyres.  In 1988 he won the World Sports Car Championship for Jaguar alongside teammates Eddie Cheever, Andy Wallace, Johnny Dumfries, Jan Lammers and John Nielsen.  He also won the Daytona 24 Hours the same year alongside teammates Raul Boesel, John Nielsen and Jan Lammers.
  • In 1989 he returned to F1 and drove for the Brabham team.  The car wasn't terribly competitive, however, but his finest hour was the Monaco GP that year.  He qualified 4th and ran as high as 3rd whilst lapping faster than the race leaders until a mechanical problem forced him in the pits.  He rejoined in 10th and fought his way up to finish 6th, one of the hardest-fought 1-point in F1.
  • Brundle continued his success in Sports Cars when he won the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1990, again in a Jaguar, alongside teammates John Nielsen and Price Cobb.
  • Predominantly due to his success in Sports Cars, Martin took part in the International Race of Champions in America [not to be confused with the Race of Champions held in Europe every winter] in 1990.  He enjoyed reasonable success in the 3-race series, winning the second race in Michigan, gaining pole at the third race in Cleveland and ultimately finishing 3rd in the overall standings.
  • As the interviewer in the last clip suggested, Martin Brundle returned to Formula 1 in 1991, again racing for the Brabham team, but his best finish that year was a 5th place in Japan.  The following year he moved to Benetton, where he became teammate to some German guy named Michael Schumacher.  1992 was a good year, regularly running Schumacher hard and achieving his career-best finish in Monza, finishing 2nd.
  • 1993-1995 were less consistent, driving uncompetitive cars and using unreliable engines, but he also had some lucky escapes, like this one at Brazil in '94 whilst driving for McLaren.  It wasn't the first time Brundle's head has been in the way of part of another car but he incredibly walked away from this incident unscathed.
  • His last year in F1 was also challenging, driving for the Jordan team.  The season did not start well, thanks to a first lap accident at the Australian GP - another lucky escape.  His form improved, however, as the season progressed with regular points finishes.  He scored points in his very last race in Japan, finishing 5th.
  • 1997 was a year of transition for Martin Brundle.  He accepted a new role as co-commentator alongside his teammate Murray Walker, a role he carries out to this day.  Even behind the microphone he's provided us with memorable moments.  During the grid-walk at Valencia in 2009 he demonstrates the barging and wrangling reminiscent of a Schumacher or a Senna whilst trying to interview Sebastian Vettel.  He's even injected some Murray Walker-esq excitement into his commentating style, like when Jenson Button drove into the wrong pit-box in China this year.  His last comment a fitting link that brings us right to the beginning of his F1 career.

Overall, Martin Brundle is officially the most experienced F1 driver without winning a Grand Prix, gaining a pole position or setting the fastest lap of a race.  He was unfortunate in that he was rarely in a car that was capable of winning races and when he was, i.e. 1992 when he drove for Benetton, it was the same year as Nigel Mansell and the Williams team was totally unbeatable.  On the other hand, winning Le Mans and Daytona are not to be sniffed at.  Perhaps his son, Alex Brundle, is destined for big things in the big sport and can ultimately emulate his father.  Only time will tell.

cmcb

44 responses

  • Bridget28/09/2011 at 23:30

    Ooh! A new daily!

    Am I remembering right that Brundle said he would be looking for a spot with Sky for after the switch happens?

  • Steven Roy29/09/2011 at 01:12

    Am I remembering right that Brundle said he would be looking for a spot with Sky for after the switch happens?

    He said on twitter that he had not decided what he was going to do.

  • Nick (@Twiger)29/09/2011 at 08:18

    He said on twitter that he had not decided what he was going to do.

    Thats f1 speak for "I've signed a big bucks deal but am not going to talk about it'

  • Leigh O'Gorman29/09/2011 at 08:38

    Morning all,

    Ace daily Colin.

    Just one little addition:

    1997 was a year of transition for Martin Brundle. He accepted a new role as co-commentator alongside his teammate Murray Walker

    Brundle's first year of co-commentating was 1995. When Brundle could not secure a full season drive (he shared his Ligier seat with Aguri Suzuki), Brundle sat in with Murray Walker and Jonathan Palmer as a third commentator.

    At some races, when Palmer interviewed Brundle on the starting grid, you could tell then that he would be an ace commentator.

    :)

  • F1Wolf29/09/2011 at 08:57

    unexpected holiday today, typhoon shutdown, not a day to go to the beach though ...

  • That'll be the Day29/09/2011 at 09:00

    How well do you know your Formula 1 history?

    The book That'll be the Day: 365 F1 Stories takes a look at significant moments or quirky happenings on this day in Grand Prix history. Can you guess what event the following describes?

    - After which race, held on 29 Sep, did Schumacher suggest he granted Barrichello the win as payback for Austria '02?

  • Leigh O'Gorman29/09/2011 at 09:00

    unexpected holiday today, typhoon shutdown, not a day to go to the beach though ...

    Yikes - never fun. Hope you're OK

  • F1Wolf29/09/2011 at 09:01

    Yikes - never fun. Hope you're OK

    yep, sitting at home, working from home, looking out of the window at the dark skies

  • RubberGoat29/09/2011 at 09:03

    yep, sitting at home, working from home, looking out of the window at the dark skies

    Any good pictures?

  • F1Wolf29/09/2011 at 09:07

    Any good pictures?

    iPhone photos do not show well the action :-) the story of the day was a cargo vessel thrown on shore, the mast rather close to windows of a appartment building, the whole building had to be evacuated. lived through several "nice" typhoons but never seen anything like this :-)

  • F1Wolf29/09/2011 at 09:10

    I saw someone tweeting, asking local app developers to create an app that would disable alarm clock once typhoon warning 8 and higher are issued (we do not go to work when that happens) :-)

  • RubberGoat29/09/2011 at 10:13

    http://joesaward.wordpress.com/2011/09/29/selling-toro-rosso/

    So who is the "hack" Joe is referring to?

  • RubberGoat29/09/2011 at 10:17

    So who is the "hack" Joe is referring to?

    Ah it's Christian Sylt, his favourite ;)

  • Leigh O'Gorman29/09/2011 at 10:35

    Ah it's Christian Sylt, his favourite ;)

    In that case, it'll be on PitPass...

    ;)

  • Leigh O'Gorman29/09/2011 at 10:36

    By the way, I go taken to my first ever football match last night - interesting stuff

  • RubberGoat29/09/2011 at 10:49

    In that case, it'll be on PitPass...

    It is, and the Independent, and a few others.

  • RubberGoat29/09/2011 at 10:49

    @eligp is trying to get Rubens to play iRacing... makes sense, they have a Williams-Toyota on there...

  • Leigh O'Gorman29/09/2011 at 10:50

    @eligp is trying to get Rubens to play iRacing... makes sense, they have a Williams-Toyota on there...

    Didn't Rubens sign up to sort of sim-thingy-ma-job a few weeks back? It'd be good to see him on iRacing

  • RubberGoat29/09/2011 at 10:51

    Didn't Rubens sign up to sort of sim-thingy-ma-job a few weeks back? It'd be good to see him on iRacing

    Yes - STCC2 - Swedish Touring Cars. It's based on RACE07 by Simbin.

  • Leigh O'Gorman29/09/2011 at 10:52

    Yes - STCC2 - Swedish Touring Cars. It's based on RACE07 by Simbin.

    I see. Preparing himself for his next job..?

  • RubberGoat29/09/2011 at 10:57

    I see. Preparing himself for his next job..?

    I was just thinking the same...

  • Leigh O'Gorman29/09/2011 at 10:58

    So... does this ring any bells for anyone?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQ05TOj4NYc

  • Journeyer29/09/2011 at 12:19

    Have WRC finally figured the TV riddle out? They'll show the next rally on wrc.com - live AND for free!

    http://www.wrc.com/news/wrc-to-pilot-live-web-content-during-rallye-de-france/?fid=15432

  • Leigh O'Gorman29/09/2011 at 12:40

    Have WRC finally figured the TV riddle out? They'll show the next rally on wrc.com - live AND for free!

    www.wrc.com/news/…france/?fid=15432

    Yep - they're modelling it on the GT1 system (as it were)

  • Journeyer29/09/2011 at 12:41

    Have WRC finally figured the TV riddle out? They'll show the next rally on wrc.com - live AND for free!

    www.wrc.com/news/…france/?fid=15432

    Yep - they're modelling it on the GT1 system (as it were)

    This would be a bit trickier, though, given that rallies last all day across 3-4 days. I also wonder if this will stay free for long - they'll need to monetize this somehow down the line.

  • Leigh O'Gorman29/09/2011 at 12:51

    This would be a bit trickier, though, given that rallies last all day across 3-4 days. I also wonder if this will stay free for long - they'll need to monetize this somehow down the line.

    True, but with audience down to virtually zero, maybe a necessary roll o the dice.

  • Leigh O'Gorman29/09/2011 at 13:11

    True, but with audience down to virtually zero, maybe a necessary roll o the dice.

    Interestingly, North One (and specifically ESPN UK) don't have variants of the iPlayer or an online archive, so at least this is one step in that direction.

    Toe in the water and all that.

  • RubberGoat29/09/2011 at 13:28

    Have WRC finally figured the TV riddle out? They'll show the next rally on wrc.com - live AND for free!

    Or have they realised they can't sell a product nobody wants?

  • Journeyer29/09/2011 at 13:29

    Have WRC finally figured the TV riddle out? They'll show the next rally on wrc.com - live AND for free!

    Or have they realised they can't sell a product nobody wants?

    I find it hard to believe no one wants the WRC. Their problem is they're not selling it right.

  • Leigh O'Gorman29/09/2011 at 13:31

    I find it hard to believe no one wants the WRC. Their problem is they're not selling it right.

    I do quite agree. David Richards reshaped and compacted rally weekends in the early-2000's and it went a long way to hurting the series.

  • RubberGoat29/09/2011 at 13:35

    I find it hard to believe no one wants the WRC. Their problem is they're not selling it right.

    I love rallying but I have no interest in the WRC. It's just missing something and I can't quite figure out what.

    I do quite agree. David Richards reshaped and compacted rally weekends in the early-2000's and it went a long way to hurting the series.

    Maybe that's why?

  • Journeyer29/09/2011 at 13:45

    I find it hard to believe no one wants the WRC. Their problem is they're not selling it right.

    I love rallying but I have no interest in the WRC. It's just missing something and I can't quite figure out what.

    I do quite agree. David Richards reshaped and compacted rally weekends in the early-2000's and it went a long way to hurting the series.

    Maybe that's why?

    More competition is a good start. Although the Citroen-Ford rivalry is good, there's just not enough cars competing in the WRC. There's only something like 10-12 drivers in the main class - numbers that would be horrid for any race series.

  • RubberGoat29/09/2011 at 13:48

    http://www.crash.net/f1/news/173475/1/mixed_messages_surround_indian_gp.html

    How much of this story is true?

  • Journeyer29/09/2011 at 13:52

    www.crash.net/f1/…nd_indian_gp.html

    How much of this story is true?

    I doubt Crash's credibility since they started using GMM. If there were credence to this rumors, we'd probably be talking about this a lot more. As it stands, in comparison to the Korea talks last year, it's barely getting a whisper.

  • Nick (@Twiger)29/09/2011 at 13:55

    How much of this story is true?

    Will the circuit be complete? Not fully

    Any chance they will cancel the race? No

  • Leigh O'Gorman29/09/2011 at 13:56

    Maybe that's why?

    I think it lessened interest to a degree. The old variable rallies lost out to a formulaic weekend layout in order to benefit TV -- and then the TV deals died...

    More competition is a good start. Although the Citroen-Ford rivalry is good, there's just not enough cars competing in the WRC. There's only something like 10-12 drivers in the main class - numbers that would be horrid for any race series.

    At least we are seeing manufacturers returning to the WRX in the next couple of years (and no I'm not talking about Lotus)

    How much of this story is true?

    In all fairness, the story quotes the "ongoing" tax issue as a sticking point, despite it being solved several weeks ago.

    Will the circuit be complete? Not fully

    Not sure Abu Dhabi was complete when the first race was held.

  • Amy29/09/2011 at 14:09

    heres my pictures from Singapore

    http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.527142307617.2031366.218600221&l=557fc00aa8&type=1

    Will put them up on G+ eventually, just to try it out :)

  • Nick (@Twiger)29/09/2011 at 14:14

    Not sure Abu Dhabi was complete when the first race was held.

    The circuit itself was ready, but the surrounds were not, there was fencing where there are now walls e.t.c..

  • Sidepodcast Classics29/09/2011 at 17:00

    Enjoy a little something from the Sidepodcast back catalogue.

    - Sidepodchat - The Fastest Driver Who Never Raced

    Originally published 28 November 2009.

  • Steven Roy29/09/2011 at 19:37

    Gerhard Berger giving it yeehaa round Monaco. Look how far out the tail is at Casino Square on the second lap. Racing cars should do that. You don't need to have him fighting for a position for it to be exciting.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5YU8VTbJSk&feature=related

  • RubberGoat29/09/2011 at 19:44

    Gerhard Berger giving it yeehaa round Monaco. Look how far out the tail is at Casino Square on the second lap. Racing cars should do that. You don't need to have him fighting for a position for it to be exciting.

    Ace.

  • Steven Roy29/09/2011 at 19:52

    Ace.

    I decided to post it on google plus too. In all the time I have had a facebook account I have never posted anything. I wonder why Gplus is more appealing?

  • RubberGoat29/09/2011 at 20:14

    I decided to post it on google plus too. In all the time I have had a facebook account I have never posted anything. I wonder why Gplus is more appealing?

    I think it's easier to process and not full of junk yet. FB used to be like that.

  • Steven Roy29/09/2011 at 20:32

    Joe has a picture of the new McLaren factory

    http://joesaward.wordpress.com/2011/09/29/a-picture-of-the-new-mclaren-factory/