What is the F1 controversy surrounding Cara Delevingne and Martin Brundle? Exploring the details

F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain
Cara Delevingne on the grid during the 2023 F1 British Grand Prix

The controversy surrounding an interaction between F1 pundit Martin Brundle and British actress Cara Delevingne at the British Grand Prix has been making waves among fans of the sport.

The incident revolves around new rules implemented by F1 concerning the presence of celebrities on the starting grid, after an encounter two years ago saw Brundle being forcefully pushed away by security guards while attempting to approach Megan Thee Stallion on the starting grid. F1 reacted by introducing a new rule which states that celebrities invited onto the starting grid are not allowed to bring their security personnel with them. Brundle had previously commented on the new rule, stating:

"There have been new rules introduced, that any celebrities on the grid must not have bodyguards any longer. It must be the 'Brundle clause,' and they're obliged to talk to me. I sort of like it if they ignore me, to be honest."

At Silverstone during the British GP, Cara Delevingne managed to find a loophole in the 'Brundle clause' by simply refusing to engage with him. When Brundle approached her for a quick interview, Delevingne shook her head, prompting Brundle to insist that everyone present on the grid must speak.

Delevingne appeared somewhat uncomfortable and glanced at the Alfa Romeo staff member who was accompanying her, claiming that she couldn't hear Brundle's request.

Brundle walked away, sarcastically stating:

"Ok...I'm sure it would have been extremely interesting."

What actually transpired between Cara Delevingne and Martin Brundle during the F1 British GP?

Delevingne took to social media after the event to provide her own perspective on the incident, saying that she was told not to speak with Brundle on the grid.

Responding to a former Haas team member's tweet that suggested that Martin Brundle knew what he was doing in a bid to manufacture controversy, Delevingne tweeted:

"I was told to say no, so I did. Thank you for seeing both sides."

She further clarified in another tweet that it was an F1 representative, not her agent, who instructed her to decline the interview.

The involvement of the Alfa Romeo staff member added another layer to the exchange between Delevingne and Brundle.

The controversy surrounding Cara Delevingne and Martin Brundle has sparked a lively debate among fans and observers about the dynamics between celebrities, the media, and the regulations governing interactions within F1.

As the incident continues to gain attention, it remains to be seen how Formula 1 will respond and whether any further adjustments will be made to the rules regarding celebrity interactions on the starting grid.

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Edited by Siddharth Dhananjay