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Brundle to step back from 2MB role

Formula One commentator Martin Brundle is to step back from his driver management responsibilities so he can focus solely on his television career.

Brundle was involved with long-time friend Mark Blundell in their 2MB Sports Management company, but has now decided to relinquish his involvement.

Speaking about his decision, Brundle said: "As I move to the BBC for 2009 and beyond it is the right moment to review my future plans.

"Given that my new TV colleague David Coulthard, who's driving contracts I negotiated for 11 seasons, has also retired from the cockpit I have decided to step back from all driver management in order to focus fully on my own career, and that of my son Alex who competes in F2 this year.

"I still have a desire to drive competitively again if the right opportunities arise, and there are also many personal and family adventures I want to explore. I have enjoyed immensely working closely with Mark and the young drivers, and I wish them all well for the future''

Blundell has become the sole owner of 2MB, which looks after the careers of Gary Paffett, Mike Conway and Will Stevens.

"I thank Martin for his invaluable input and I will continue to lean on his vast experience from time to time, but I now have more time to dedicate to the business and look forward to taking on some new drivers alongside an already talented stable of young guys, the company will continue to operate under the name 2MB Sports management and look to build on the foundations already in place," said Blundell.

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