Martin began his racing career at the age of 12, competing in grass track racing, in the Norfolk village of Pott Row. In 1975, he moved to Hot Rod racing and received ‘Star grade’ status.
In 1979, he started single seaters with Formula Ford. During this time, he also raced Tom Walkinshaw’s BMW race cars, achieving second against a field of international drivers at Snetterton.
Brundle contested the British Formula Three Championship with Ayrton Senna in 1983, finishing a close second, and the two progressed to Formula One the next year.
He was the 1988 World Sportscar Champion, with a record points haul, and won the 1990 Le Mans 24 hour Race for Jaguar in an XJR-12.
Having largely retired from motor racing, Brundle became a highly regarded commentator on British television network ITV, whom he joined when they began Formula One coverage in 1997, initially alongside Murray Walker, and from 2002 James Allen.
Brundle joined the BBC’s commentary team alongside Jonathan Legard when they won the rights to show F1 from 2009. Before the start of the 2011 season, the BBC announced that Brundle was being promoted to lead commentator and would be joined by fellow former F1 driver, David Coulthard.
For his television work Brundle has won the RTS Television Sports Award for best Sports Pundit in 1998, 1999, 2005 and 2006.
In 2004 he released his first book Working the Wheel. The title is a reference to his 1996 crash in Melbourne.
Brundle took the wheel of a Jaguar F1 car for the Formula One demonstration in London prior to the 2004 British Grand Prix and drove a BMW Sauber during a demonstration in 2006. Also in 2006, Brundle drove a 2005 Red Bull Racing car around Silverstone as part of ITV’s ‘F1 Insight’ feature.
Brundle has also been involved in driver management. At present, he is David Coulthard’s manager. He also co-owned a management company, 2MB Sports Management, alongside Mark Blundell until January 2009. Also in that year, Martin presented BBC Look East’s 6.30pm bulletin, with Susie Fowler-Watt, reproducing his famous gridwalk.
He signed for Sky Sports’ coverage at the end of 2011 following the BBC’s decision to relinquish their rights to show half of the following season’s races live due to budgetary constraints.
One of the most respected figures in Formula One history, Martin Brundle is in demand as an after dinner speaker and event host.