Motor racing: Brundle laments lack of fun

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The fun has gone out of Formula One for Martin Brundle who will start his 150th race in the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal on Sunday.

The Jordan-Peugeot driver completes his milestone - only Gerhard Berger of the current crop has raced more - 12 years after making his debut in Brazil.

"I do think the sport lacks a bit of glamour now," said the 37-year-old Brundle, who has denied rumours he will quit after next month's British Grand Prix.

"The paddocks are so quiet. It's probably because so few people are allowed in. It's easier to work. But in another way it can make life a bit dull.

"I think a first-time visitor to a Grand Prix would be quite surprised about how dull the paddock actually is. We're all working too hard now - there's not so much time to have fun.

"In the late Eighties there were a lot of big personalities. Names like Keke Rosberg, Nigel Mansell, Alain Prost, Niki Lauda, Nelson Piquet, Ayrton Senna.

"There was perhaps a tension and lack of friendliness that is much less apparent today. I think I prefer the bunch we have now more than at any other time in my career."

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