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An awkward grid walk snub of legendary Formula 1 pundit Martin Brundleby Hollywood A-lister Brad Pitt has been explained.

During Brundle’s grid walk as part of Sky Sports F1’s pre-race coverage of the US Grand Prix in Austin, he came across Brad Pitt – who was at the race preparing for a role in a yet-to-be-named F1 movie.

When Brundle attempted to speak to Pitt, he was basically pushed aside by minders.

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In a last ditch effort, Brundle asked the Fight Club star if he could saying anything about the movie, to which Pitt replied, “No, it’s top secret”.

Former IndyCar star Townsend Bell suggested blowing Brundle off proved Pitt wasn’t doing enough in preparation for the role.

The plotline of the movie reportedly resembles the disastrous 2001 IndyCar film Driven, where a retired superstar returns to the sport to mentor a young star. It’s being produced by Apple TV.

Lewis Hamilton is also involved as a consultant.

But while Brundle may have appeared to be brushed, he may well be the one in the wrong. Journalist Will Buxton has explained a list of celebrities in attendance who are willing to be interviewed is disseminated to media ahead of a race meeting. Pitt was not on it.

Broadcast media are then verbally briefed before the grid formation commences.

In a snarky Twitter exchange with Buxton, Brundle indicated he did not receive the list nor did he know of its existance.

But if media were told he was unavailable, it would go some way to explaining Pitt’s reluctance to speak. Regardless of whether or not the list exists, the snub is still not a good look for Pitt.

Having said that, British musician Ed Sheeran wasn’t on the list either, and he had been interviewed immediately before Pitt.

On the list though was the band Green Day. Drummer Tre Cool was standing next to the Aston Martin of Sebastian Vettel seemingly just taking in the atmosphere of the race, he had no minders with him and gave a somewhat lengthy interview by grid walk standards and seemed genuinely happy to be there.

He told Brundle he had been taken for a hot lap in a McLaren road car driven by the F1 squad’s chief executive Zak Brown.

Green Day had performed at the circuit as part of off-track entertainment following practice on the Friday night, while Sheeran played on the Saturday night.

It’s the second awkward grid walk moment in as many years for Brundle at the US Grand Prix. On its return to the calendar last year following the pandemic, Brundle attempted to interview rapper Megan Thee Stallion on the grid and was almost literally pushed out of the way by bodyguards.

He was also brushed by Serena Williams at the inaugural Miami Grand Prix in May.

The race was eventually won by Max Verstappen, who fell down the order after a calamitous final pitstop, only to fight back and cruise to victory.

Lewis Hamilton and Charles Leclerc rounded out the podium. Daniel Ricciardo was 16th.

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