Just days after seeming to hint that his former BBC F1
co-commentator had tried his patience by bombarding him with 'gormless questions', Martin Brundle has insisted there was never any 'personality clash' or even so much as a 'cross word' with Jonathan Legard over the past two years.
Legard has been replaced in the Beeb's commentary box for the forthcoming campaign by 13-time grand prix-winner David Coulthard, with the common perception being that it was the popular Brundle – who wields quite some influence inside the corporation, it seems – who had forced the ex-Radio 5 Live
man out due to a lack of chemistry between the pair.
Comments made at the pre-season Autosport International show last weekend seemed to confirm those suspicions [see separate story – click here
], but now Brundle has spoken out to set the record straight – as well as offering some insight into the BBC's
rejigged line-up for F1 2011.
“Jonathan Legard is a lovely bloke,” the former Benetton, McLaren, Ligier and Jordan ace wrote on social networking site Twitter
. “We never had a 'personality clash' or a cross word. There's so much nonsense gets cut-and-pasted as fact.
“'DC' will largely do his pre-race Jake/EJ (Jake Humphrey and Eddie Jordan) gig, then glide to the comm box. I will do grid walks when I can, they need a refresh anyway. It's all about the racing, not the presenters/commentators. We are only there to share our knowledge and glue the programme together.”