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Lewis Hamilton is no longer the available as he used to be. Martin Brundle says he is “confused” by the champ’s behaviour during interviews. Brundle has had a front-row seat for Hamilton’s Formula 1 career, commentating on it from lap 1 in 2007 through to the Briton’s seventh World title. However, during that time he has noticed a change in the 36-year-old who is no longer so open with the media.
He told PA Sport: “He is not as approachable as he used to be but he is a global megastar and he is a little bit fatigued by all the demands we have to make on him. I don’t always feel good when I sit down to interview him. I sometimes feel like saying ‘hey, Lewis, it’s me, we have made a lot of TV together over the years and we have known each other for a long time’.
“I get confused by his initial demeanour. Then I find that he settles down and off we go. But who have I had the most enjoyment commentating on? Lewis. Watching him from the first corner of his first lap in Melbourne to winning seven World Championships last year in Turkey has been extraordinary.”
Brundle recently stated he also felt Hamilton was “grumpy” after his Mercedes negotiations only led to a new one-year deal. This season marks Brundle’s 25th on the grid as a TV commentator.