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

The Formula 1 world was delighted when Sky Sports commentator Martin Brundle gave one of his grid-walking interviews at the Canadian Grand Prix.

From celebrities who don’t know who Brundle is to overzealous security guards to celebrities who are too big for their pants, the gridiron walking segment can so often be a disaster.

But Brundle found the perfect interview in Montreal.

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As Brundle walked along the net, he encountered 87-year-old Mary McGee, who was being pushed along the net in a wheelchair.

McGee, however, is not quite an octogenarian. A motorsports pioneer, she began auto racing in 1957 before becoming the first American woman to compete in motorcycle road racing and motocross.

She was also the first person to ride solo in the Baja 500 desert race in Mexico in 1975.

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

Brundle replied: “Amazing – obviously I’m not going to ask you how old you are. But it’s an amazing story. So also (racing) up to a dozen years ago. Is it your first time at the start of Formula 1?”

McGee: “I love F1 racing. I was at Riverside (the venue for the US GP) many years ago at the first F1 race, I met Jimmy Clark (two-time F1 world champion) for God’s sake.”

Brundle: “I would love to meet Jimmy Clarke. Oh my god, well done. So who are you rooting for today? Do you like anyone in particular?”

McGee: “Mr. Hamilton, of course.”

McGee and the seven-time F1 world champion have a history, with Hamilton executive producing the ESPN 30 For 30 short documentary about McGee.

The film will soon become a part 30 for 30 shorts catalog and tell the story of a motorsport pioneer.

Brundle ended the interview by thanking McGee for her time.

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

Brundle: “What a fascinating career you’ve had.”

McGee: It was wonderful — so damn exciting. There are many years and many races – I did Baja, you know.”

Brundle: “I know you’ve been doing Baja – did you break any bones?”

McGee: “I broke my ankle and my wrist, but nothing major. Nothing important. It’s a lot of fun. Many years, but a lot of fun.”

The pair then shook hands as Brundle continued his walk.

And while it’s usually put-downs or bizarre moments, fans loved what McGee brought to the network.

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

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

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

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

Another fan commented: “It would put a smile on anyone’s face, this is the type of interview we want to see, not celebs who come on and know nothing about sports looking down their noses.”

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

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

And that was just the tip of the iceberg, as fans are thrilled to have a brilliant interview and meet a legend they may not have known before.

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

Brundle nets often make headlines for all the wrong reasons.

In the final race before the Canadian Grand Prix, a security guard tried to keep Brundle in front of soccer superstar Kylian Mbappe, and the veteran commentator replied: “It’s okay, I’m in charge here.”

While incidents were few and far between in 2024, the moments in the 2023 season piled up.

Fans were left in stitches 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 snubbed him mid-answer.

In Miami, it was three-time Formula 1 champion Jackie Stewart who stole the spotlight after he was nearly chased down during grid-walking shenanigans.

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

At the British Grand Prix, it was musician Sam Ryder who won the plaudits for his infectious banter during his conversation with Brundle.

But the most famous incident of all also happened at the British Grand Prix, when Cara Delevingne was brutally burned after pushing Brundle away.

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