Patrick Mahomes reacts to Martin Brundle’s snafu with Paolo Banchero

The worlds of Patrick Mahomes and Paolo Banchero collided at Sunday’s Miami Grand Prix thanks to an all-time snafu from F1 reporter Martin Brundle.

Needless to say, things happen incredibly fast on an F1 circuit. Not only is the sport inherently incredibly fast, but the need to process information is increased by the high-octane inserts.

Life comes at you fast, even during a Formula 1 event, as longtime reporter Martin Brundle found out when he did what nobody wants to do: go viral for the wrong thing.

Luckily, this isn’t an old Tweets situation, it’s a seasoned pro caught in real time and way too over the top.

Here is the situation. Brundle mingled with the famous faces in attendance at the Miami Grand Prix on Sunday and came across someone he recognized exactly as an athlete. Everything after that couldn’t have gone worse if Brundle had tried.

F1 reporter Martin Brundle mistook Paolo Banchero for Patrick Mahomes

In one of the toughest looks in recent memory — and a true all-timer — Brundle kept referring to the person he was talking to as Patrick Mahomes. The only problem was that the man he was talking to wasn’t Mahomes, it was future NBA lottery winner Paolo Banchero, who last helped Duke to the Final Four a month ago.

Banchero was having fun with the bug when it started going viral.

And, of course, Mahomes complained about being mistaken for someone decidedly less famous than he was and categorically a different breed of athlete.

A quick comparison of Patrick Mahomes and Paolo Banchero:

  • Patrick Mahomes is 6’3″, Paolo Banchero is 6’10”
  • Mahomes has been the face of several national ad campaigns, while Banchero has not (yet).
  • Mahomes is one of the most famous athletes in the world, Banchero is still completing the finals
  • Once again, Mahomes is 6’3″ and Banchero is almost six feet tall

Personally, I’d like to thank Brundle for this algorithmic snafu. He managed to combine Patrick Mahomes, Duke Basketball and F1 into a content creation dream come true. So this could actually be a stroke of genius and by no means the mistake that first seems.

Let’s not kill Brundle too much for this, because this is less about a reporter not being good at his job and more about a reporter being asked to cover something they are clearly unfamiliar with. This isn’t the first time one athlete has been mistaken for another, but it’s certainly the most hilarious example we’ve seen in a long time. Patrick Mahomes reacts to Martin Brundle’s snafu with Paolo Banchero

John Verrall

John Verrall is a 24ssports U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. John Verrall joined 24ssports in 2021 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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