FIA trying to ban Martin Brundle?

Doctorvee spotted a story about Max Mosley’s right-hand man Alan Donnelly trying to prevent the BBC bringing Martin Brundle on board as one of its F1 commentators for 2009.

Today’s Daily Mail claims:

Alan Donnelly, the official representative at races of FIA chairman Max Mosley, has been trying to dissuade BBC executives from employing Brundle, who has been at odds with the governing body since he questioned their handling of last year?s McLaren Spygate affair.

Last year the FIA announced it was suing the Sunday Times over an article of Brundle’s that described the McLaren-Ferrari espionage scandal as “a witch-hunt”. In a response, Brundle said:

I expect my accreditation pass for next year will be hindered in some way to make my coverage of F1 more difficult and to punish me. Or they will write to ITV again to say that my commentary is not up to standard despite my unprecedented six Royal Television Society Awards for sports broadcasting. So be it.

Which raises the question: did the FIA lean on FOM to replace ITV as Britain’s host broadcaster in an attempt to avoid having Brundle as a commentator?

As Vee writes:

If there was not a witch-hunt against McLaren, there is certainly a witch-hunt against Martin Brundle. It is yet further evidence that the FIA is scared of open debate and is only interested in hiding the truth. Mosley?s father would have been proud.

If the Mail’s report is correct is quite disgusting that the FIA should got to such lengths to avoid legitimate debate and discussion.

Martin Brundle is an excellent commentator and the BBC must not be cowed by such shameful bullying.

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39 comments on FIA trying to ban Martin Brundle?

  1. Seems Eddie Jordan is speculated to join the BBC team line-up according to the Daily ‘Depress’ (as Brundle likes to call them)?

    http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/67629/Jordan-is-ready-to-take-the-mike

    http://www.pitpass.com/fes_php/pitpass_news_item.php?fes_art_id=36391

  2. michael counsell said on 25th October 2008, 0:35

    Desire, surely ‘Le Vice Anglais’ is something to be proud of.

  3. NDINYO said on 25th October 2008, 17:30

    Remember that during the Nazi-Sex-Mad-Max scandal, Martin’s name came up severally alongside that of SJS as a possible replacement to the pervert. To Mad Max Martin is not just a hack – he is the other enemy, the first having been labelled “a certified half wit” – what an idiotic pervert [sorry Keith but i am sure you can understand me being ****** off with Mad Max]

  4. I dont really mind Brundle, I think he is a good part of the commentary team, the guy who annoys me is James Allen, if only they could ban him!

  5. Typical tabloid crap

  6. Great fan of Martin.

    One small matter.Have been hard to listen to them going on about Lewis all the time.We actually want to know about the other drivers as well.
    So please BBC hire Martin , just get a foreigner(Brazilian /Italian/German) to c0-host F1 broadcast for 2009.

    Deserving world champion Lewis, come drive for Ferrari please.

  7. David said on 2nd January 2009, 9:20

    What right have the FIA to try to influence any organisation, they are only the servants of the sport but they are so arrogant,corrupt and biasd they think they are the maffia which is not far wrong when you consider that Ferrari always get their way.

    We don’t want a FIA bottom licker we want an objective reporter/ presenter and Martin is the man, can’t imagine any other ex driver being as good at communication.

  8. tarnseybabe said on 3rd January 2009, 17:59

    Martin Brundle does a superb job [good sub for Murray]hes got guts,determination,patience i think he’s ace he is the man for the job, Mosley do one [know what I mean]!

  9. property value will go down more unfortunately. Anyway it might be a positive thing for the first time buyers.

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