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Martin Brundle

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Template:Former F1 driver Martin Brundle (born June 1, 1959) is a retired motor racing driver known chiefly as the man who ran Ayrton Senna close in British Formula Three but did little after that.

But that summary does not do justice to Brundle who was born at King's Lynn, Norfolk, England. A very intelligent and fast racing driver, Brundle never really got the breaks at the top level of single seaters, but when offered opportunities in other disciplines, he took them. He was the 1988 World Sports Car Champion, with a record points haul, and won the 1990 Le Mans 24 hour Race for Jaguar.

His Formula One career began with Tyrrell in 1984. He put in a number of aggressive and fast drives, finishing a fast second at Detroit. But then double disaster struck. At the Dallas Grand Prix, Brundle broke his ankles in a crash during a practice session. Then Tyrrell were disqualified from the world championship for 1984 due to a technical infringement. Through years of inferior equipment and sabbaticals from F1, it was eight years before Brundle would legitimately claim another podium finish, although the top step eluded him. The closest he came was Canada in 1992, where in a race of attrition, Brundle looked to be favourite to inherit the lead before he himself broke down. Despite this, his 1992 season is widely regarded in Formula 1 as the closest any team-mate of Michael Schumacher's has come to matching his performances.

Brundle retired from full-time Grand Prix racing in 1997, although he has continued to be a star performer at Le Mans.

He is best known now as a highly regarded British Television commentator. In this role he is the senior commentator for ITV Sport's F1 coverage.

Brundle took the wheel of a Jaguar F1 car for the Formula One demonstration in London prior to the 2004 British Grand Prix.

Although he never won a race, he achieved 9 podiums, and scored a total of 98 championship points. Brundle, though, did win an International Race of Champions event in 1990 at Cleveland's Burke Lakefront Airport, site of an annual Champcar race.

Complete Formula One results

(Note: grands prix in bold denote points scoring races.)

Yr Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Team
1984 Tyrr BRA SAF BEL SAN FRA MON CAN USAE USA GBR DEU AUT DUT ITA EUR POR   Tyrr
1985 Tyrr BRA POR SAN MON CAN USAE FRA GBR DEU AUT DUT ITA BEL EUR SAF AUS   Tyrr
1986 Tyrr BRA SPA SAN MON BEL CAN USAE FRA GBR DEU HUN AUT ITA POR MEX AUS   Tyrr
1987 Zaks BRA SAN BEL MON USAE FRA GBR DEU HUN AUT ITA POR SPA MEX JPN AUS   Zaks
1988 Will BRA SAN MON MEX CAN SAE FRA GBR DEU HUN BEL ITA POR SPA JPN AUS   Will
1989 Brab BRA SAN MON MEX USA CAN FRA GBR DEU HUN BEL ITA POR SPA JPN AUS   Brab
1991 Brab USA BRA SAN MON CAN MEX FRA GBR DEU HUN BEL ITA POR SPA JPN AUS   Brab
1992 Bene SAF MEX BRA SPA SAN MON CAN FRA GBR DEU HUN BEL ITA POR JPN AUS   Bene
1993 Ligi SAF BRA EUR SAN SPA MON CAN FRA GBR DEU HUN BEL ITA POR JPN AUS   Ligi
1994 McLa BRA PAC SAN MON SPA CAN FRA GBR DEU HUN BEL ITA POR EUR JPN AUS   McLa
1995 Ligi BRA ARG SAN SPA MON CAN FRA GBR DEU HUN BEL ITA POR EUR PAC JPN AUS Ligi
1996 Jord AUS BRA ARG EUR SAN MON SPA CAN FRA GBR DEU HUN BEL ITA POR JPN   Jord


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