Former formula one racer Martin Brundle has become an honorary Doctor of Civil Law.
After contesting more than 150 grands prix for teams including McLaren and Williams until 1996, the 47-year-old was awarded the degree by the University of East Anglia also in recognition of his current career as a commentator for British TV.
The news interestingly coincides with former Ferrari technical director Ross Brawn’s observation from semi-retirement that relying on British broadcaster ITV’s live coverage of the sport is a “very frustrating business”.
Brawn also referred disparagingly to the “quality of commentators” of Britain’s F1 coverage.
“I sympathise with you,” he told readers of the British magazine Autosport.
“Our commentators don’t seem very good at conveying what is going on.
“It’s very frustrating to watch a race and not have that information which is available to everyone at the track. So condolences for that.”