F1 world loses it over Martin Brundle’s ‘most wholesome interview ever’ with motorsport legend Mary McGee

The F1 world was blown away when Sky Sports commentator Martin Brundle gave one of his interviews on the starting grid of the Canadian Grand Prix.

The grid walk segment can often be a trainwreck, from celebrities not knowing who Brundle is to overzealous security guards to celebrities who are too big for their pants.

But Brundle found a perfect interview in Montreal.

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Walking onto the grid, Brundle came across 87-year-old Mary McGee, who was being pushed onto the grid in a wheelchair.

McGee, however, is not just any octogenarian. She is a pioneer of motorsports, having started in auto racing in 1957, before becoming the first American woman to compete in motorcycle road racing and motocross events.

He was also the first person to race the Baja 500 solo on a motorcycle in the desert in Mexico in 1975.

“I started racing cars in 1957, then switched to motorcycles in 1960 and stopped in 2012,” McGee said.

Brundle replied: “Great, obviously I’m not going to ask you how old you are. But it’s an incredible story. So also (racing) up until a dozen years ago. Is this your first time on a Formula 1 grid?”

McGee: “I love Formula 1 racing. I was in Riverside (home of the US Grand Prix) many years ago for the first Formula 1 race, I met Jimmy Clark (two-time F1 world champion) for the love of God.”

Brundle: “I would have loved to meet Jimmy Clark. Oh my goodness, well done. So who are you rooting for today? Anyone in particular you like?”

McGee: “Mr Hamilton, of course.”

McGee and the seven-time F1 world champion have a history as Hamilton is an executive producer of the ESPN 30 For 30 documentary short about McGee.

The film will soon join the 30 for 30 short films catalog and tell the story of the motorsport pioneer.

Brundle went on to conclude the interview, thanking McGee for his time.

“Thank you so much for talking to me, I appreciate it,” he said.

Brundle: “What a fascinating career you have had.”

McGee: It was wonderful, so damn emotional. There are many years and many races: I’ve done Baja, you know.

Brundle: “I know you did Baja: did you break any bones?”

McGee: “I broke a bone in my ankle and a bone in my wrist but nothing serious. Nothing important. Is very funny. Many years but very fun.

The pair then shook hands as Brundle continued his walk.

And while it’s usually snubs or bizarre moments, fans loved what McGee brought to the gridiron.

P1 with Matt and Tommy’s Matt Gallagher tweeted: “Martin Brundle with the healthiest interview with Mary McGee.”

Williams Esports Ambassador Meraki posted: “Interviews with Mary McGee will ALWAYS be better than interviews with celebrities who think they’re too important to talk to. Well done @MBrundleF1. Healthiest interview ever.”

“What a great interview! Amazing woman,” one fan wrote.

“We need more Mary McGee at Grands Prix,” said another.

Another fan commented: “It would make anyone smile, this is the kind of interview we want to see, not celebrities turning up knowing nothing about the sport looking down on them.”

Another wrote: “Oh wow, I️ (heart) this. What an absolutely moving interview this was with Mary McGee, @MBrundleF1. Well done!”

Another added: “Mary McGee might be one of the best people Martin Brundle has ever interviewed on his grid march.”

And that was just the tip of the iceberg as fans were thrilled with the brilliant interview and the discovery of a legend they may not have known about before.

McGee also had the chance to meet Hamilton after the race.

Brundle’s grid walks often make headlines for all the wrong reasons.

The final race before the Canadian Grand Prix saw a security guard try to keep Brundle away from football superstar Kylian Mbappe, with the veteran commentator replying: “It’s alright mate, I’m in charge around here.”

While incidents have been few and far between so far in 2024, the moments have piled up throughout the 2023 season.

Fans were left speechless at the US Grand Prix after he was forced to awkwardly wait his turn to speak to British boxer Anthony Joshua.

Ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix, Australian rookie Oscar Piastri suffered a brutal burn when the Sky Sports presenter saved him mid-return.

In Miami it was three-time F1 champion Jackie Stewart who stole the limelight after almost being beaten up during shenanigans on the starting grid.

Hollywood power couple Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones won over fans with their classy interview before the Spanish Grand Prix.

At the British Grand Prix it was musician Sam Ryder who received widespread praise for his infectious banter while speaking to Brundle.

But the most famous incident of all also occurred at the British Grand Prix, when Cara Delevingne was brutally roasted after snubbing Brundle.

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