Jeremy Clarkson provides clarity after viewers were left worried by Bahrain Grand Prix grid walk appearance

Jeremy Clarkson provides clarity after viewers were left worried by Bahrain Grand Prix grid walk appearance

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Jack Otway

By Jack Otway

Published: 03/03/2024

- 13:57

The 63-year-old was in attendance as Max Verstappen cruised to glory

Jeremy Clarkson has admitted he had a few drinks prior to his appearance on the Bahrain Grand Prix grid walk on Saturday.

The 63-year-old was in attendance for the first race of the new Formula One season, with Max Verstappen securing glory as he continued his stunning form.

Prior to the race getting started, however, viewers voiced concerns over Clarkson and his demenour on social media.

One user said: "Jeremy Clarkson doesn't sound very Jeremy Clarkson-y today."

A second stated: "Jeremy Clarkson looked a little unwell just then, hope he's doing okay!"

And a third asked: "Was Jeremy Clarkson drunk he seemed a bit off."

However, Clarkson has now admitted to having a few drinks before he spoke to Martin Brundle.

A fan asked the 63-year-old on X: "Has @JeremyClarkson had a few beers while on the grid walk #BahrainGP."

And Clarkson confirmed he had by simply saying: "Yup."

Fans on social media were amused by Clarkson's response, with one saying: "We'd expect nothing less. Keep up the good work Jeremy."

A second said: Good man.. Have a beer mate."

A third stated: "Lol! Love it! You were fabulous Jeremy."

A fourth praised Clarkson's interview by saying: "Loved every second of it."

And a fifth reacted by saying: "Love the honesty."

Meanwhile, speaking after securing his first race win of the season, Verstappen opened up and admitted the day 'couldn't have been better'.

The 26-year-old finished ahead of team-mate Sergio Perez as he looks to win a fourth F1 title on the trot.

And Verstappen said: “It’s unbelievable. I think today went even better than expected.

"I think the car was really nice to drive, on every [tyre] compound I think we had a lot of pace.

“It was just super enjoyable to drive today, we really stayed out of trouble and it’s a great start to the year – it couldn’t have been better.


Jeremy Clarkson F1

Jeremy Clarkson panicked viewers while appearing on the grid walk at the F1 Bahrain Grand Prix


“It’s always very special to have these kind of days because they don’t happen that often, that it just all goes perfect, you are at one with the car and everything just feels great.”

He added: “I think the start was good.

“Of course, the first corner is a very tight hairpin, so naturally you want to defend the inside just to be safe, so that’s what we did and basically from there onwards we just focused on our own race.”

Lewis Hamilton could only finish seventh, with Mercedes' woes continuing.

And the Stevenage-born racer feels the Silver Arrows are further behind Red Bull than he expected as he seeks a record-breaking eighth F1 crown.

Max Verstappen

Max Verstappen was delighted after cruising to victory at the Bahrain Grand Prix


"I think we probably feel a little bit of disappointment within the team,” Hamilton told Sky F1.

“I was definitely hoping we would be better this weekend than we were.

“It was a tough race. It’s very close with everybody. Degradation is, obviously, high with the car. There’s definitely plenty of areas in which we can improve.

“We’re obviously further back to the Red Bulls than we thought we were as well.”

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