Brundle tries to make Will.i.am laugh with Black Eyed Peas gag at Singapore GP

Martin Brundle rubbed shoulders with another star of showbusiness in the build-up to the delayed Singapore Grand Prix.

The first race in the city state since 2019 was due off at 1pm UK time but a huge thunderstorm, which saturated the track, saw lights out delayed by more than an hour.

After the hold-up, it was business as usual, including the latest edition of Brundle’s popular grid walk for Sky Sports F1. To his own surprise, the popular racer-turned-broadcaster managed to catch a word with a number of drivers, including Fernando Alonso, Pierre Gasly and Mick Schumacher.

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Brundle also managed to interview singer, songwriter and producer Will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas, who were among the acts performing in Singapore as part of the off-track entertainment.

“I didn’t think we would make it,” said Brundle to the star, whose real name is Williams Adams, alluding to the delay in proceedings. Brundle then attempted to amuse Will.i.am with a pun using a Black Eyed Peas song title.

“Let’s Get it Started would be one of your songs that would be very relevant this evening. And here we are,” he said.

However, the gag was met with stony silence and a stern face from Will.i.am, who is a friend of Lewis Hamilton's.

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Moving on, Brundle asked: “Have you been speaking to Lewis?" He replied: “I haven’t spoken to Lewis but I’m rooting for him. He’s an awesome guy, an amazing race car driver, a big heart. I can’t wait to see how he performs. Of all the racers, he’s the best in the rain.”

Will.i.am then said he had been performing during the worst of the weather, adding: “We were performing when it was pouring it down. It was beautiful though, really cool.”

Having started third, Hamilton lost a place to Carlos Sainz off the line and was stuck behind the Ferrari for the first half of the race. He then lost another place to Lando Norris after sliding into a barrier on lap 33 and then holding up Max Verstappen, who had been applying pressure to Norris.

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