Paolo Banchero, 19
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Sky Sports’ Martin Brundle had a moment to forget as he hilariously mixed up NFL star Patrick Mahomes with a 19-year-old basketball player at the Miami Grand Prix.

Brundle, 62, is well known for walks along the grid preceding Formula 1 races, interviewing drivers and team bosses, but the inaugural race in Miami attracted a host of high-profile names. 

The commentator, who’s been covering F1 since 1997, ended up confusing 2020 Super Bowl champion and Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Mahomes with Duke Blue Devils basketball star and NBA hopeful Paolo Banchero – but the pair saw the funny side. 

Trackside reporter Brundle spoke to several A-list celebrities at Sunday’s showpiece, including former First Lady Michelle Obama, David Beckham, Venus and Serena Williams, DJ Khaled and Pharrell Williams. 

Brundle thought he had bumped into another household name in Mahomes, after chasing him and yelling out ‘Patrick’.

He eventually managed to get to his target, asking him about the atmosphere at the event, which was being attended by around 250,000 people.

He replied: ‘This is crazy. I’ve never been to an F1 race so this is spectacular,’ before adding: ‘You can see, they’re locked in. It reminds me of myself.’ 

Paolo Banchero, 19

Patrick Mahomes, 26

Basketball player Paolo Banchero (left) was confused with NFL star Patrick Mahomes (right)

Both Mahomes and Banchero saw funny side of Sky Sports' Martin Brundle's honest mistake

 Both Mahomes and Banchero saw funny side of Sky Sports’ Martin Brundle’s honest mistake

Sky Sports commentator Brundle (right), 62, mistook NBA top-three draft prospect Banchero (left), 19, for NFL Super Bowl champion Patrick Mahomes, 26, at the Miami Grand Prix

Sky Sports commentator Brundle (right), 62, mistook NBA top-three draft prospect Banchero (left), 19, for NFL Super Bowl champion Patrick Mahomes, 26, at the Miami Grand Prix

At that point, Brundle was told in his ear that he had made an honest mistake and was actually interviewing Banchero.  

‘It’s not Patrick, that’s why he ignored me,’ a bemused Brundle told a Sky Sports camera that followed him into the crowd next to the race track. 

‘What is your name, sir?’ he then asked, before apologising: ‘Well I thought I was talking to somebody else, I’m sorry about that.’

After the awkward moment had spread on social media, Banchero took to Twitter to describe his mood: ‘I’m just vibing right now man.’

And although it remains unclear if Mahomes knew of the interaction before the tweet was shared, he reacted by adding: ‘Bro ain’t no way,’ followed by four laughing emojis.

Mahomes inspired a dramatic comeback in Super Bowl LIV two years ago to seal the Chief’s first victory in the competition since 1970.

Banchero is an Italian-American basketball player, who’s been plying his trade in college basketball for the Duke Blue Devils during the 2021-2022 season.

Mahomes inspired late fightback to lead the Kansas City Chiefs to Super Bowl victory in 2020

Mahomes inspired late fightback to lead the Kansas City Chiefs to Super Bowl victory in 2020

There are high hopes for the teenager as he’s projected to be a top-three pick in the next, 2022 NBA draft – an annual event where the top-flight basketball teams in the United States can recruit new players. 

Banchero came into college as a five-star recruit and is now one of the top players in the 2021 class. He was also named the ACC Rookie of the Year in 2022.

Over his first and only year in college, Banchero averaged 17.2 points along with 7.8 rebounds at the tender age of 19. He also officially announced his eligibility for the NBA Draft in April, putting an end to his short-lived college career. 

Mahomes was indeed part of the sell-out crowd but did not speak to Sky Sports’ Brundle at the event.

Brundle is well-known for his pre-race interviews and spoke to Pharrell Williams on Sunday

Brundle is well-known for his pre-race interviews and spoke to Pharrell Williams on Sunday

David Beckham (left) was in Miami for the weekend to witness the city's first ever Grand Prix

David Beckham (left) was in Miami for the weekend to witness the city’s first ever Grand Prix

DJ Khaled (right) was also in attendance at the estimated, 250,000 people racing event

DJ Khaled (right) was also in attendance at the estimated, 250,000 people racing event

Reigning F1 world champion Max Verstappen ended up winning the inaugural event. He slashed Ferrari rival Charles Leclerc’s overall lead from 27 to 19 points in the competition’s standings after five races.

Leclerc finished a fighting second, 3.786 seconds behind after starting on pole position, with Spanish team mate Carlos Sainz completing the podium at the Miami Dolphins’ Hard Rock Stadium.

The victory was the Verstappen’s third of the season, and second in a row, and he made it happen with a crucial overtake around the outside on Sainz at the start to seize second place before blasting past Leclerc on the ninth of the 57 laps.

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