Patrice Evra was clearly excited about the F1 title decider in Abu Dhabi when he hijacked a Stormzy interview during Martin Brundle’s pre-race grid walk in Abu Dhabi
It’s been billed as the most epic conclusion to an F1 title race of all time – and it appears Patrice Evra is very excited about it.
The former Manchester United star was amongst the celebrities walking the grid before the action got underway in Abu Dhabi, and wasn’t going to miss the opportunity to get himself seen, or heard, by the Sky Sports cameras.
Indeed, the Frenchman duly hijacked a live interview between Sky pundit Martin Brundle and British rapper Stormzy, grabbing the microphone off the star before shouting “I love this game.”
Thankfully Brundle, as well as his interviewee, say the funny side as all three men burst into laughter.
Brundle’s struggles to get celebs to talk to him ahead of the American Grand Prix in Texas was well documented, but in Stormzy he found a willing talker.
When being asked who was “going to own the crown”? in a few hours time, a mischievous reference from Brundle to one of his tracks, he replied “Hopefully Hamilton – that’s who I’m rooting for. But this is exciting, this is amazing.”
However, he said he stopped short of approaching the seven-time world champion for a pre-race chat.
“I haven’t spoken to him, I wouldn’t even want to speak to him,” he continued.
“I’m sure he needs to be in that zone, he needs to be focussed.”
It was at that point Evra intervened, in what proved a rare moment of hilarity during a tense build-up.
The race started with both Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton level on championship points, but it was the Dutchman who was on pole position at the Yas Marina following a mercurial display in the final session of Saturday’s qualifying.
However, Stormzy would have been satisfied with what he saw from the start, as the Mercedes man sped past his title rival to immediately take the lead.
Just moments later came the first serious flashpoint though, as the Red Bull driver looked to dart down the inside of Hamilton, forcing him wide, only for the British driver to cut back onto the track and retain the lead.
The incident was looked at by FIA officials, who deemed no further action was necessary.
With Verstappen having won more races this season, he would be crowned champion if both drivers failed to finish.