(from autosport) UK Television channel ITV has escaped censure following complaints made about Martin Brundle's comments during its coverage of the Canadian Grand Prix. The former grand prix driver sparked 36 complaints to the channel and TV watchdog Ofcom when he used the word 'pikey' during his grid walk interview with Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone. Brundle asked Ecclestone: "There are some pikeys out there putting some new tarmac down at Turn Ten, apparently. Are they out of the way yet?" The complainants believed it was offensive and racist towards the travelling community, due to the word's origin as a derogatory term for Irish travellers. But ITV claimed it is used more widely today as a non-specific derogatory term. It explained that it was meant in the latter context and that Brundle was unaware of the potential connotations and did not intend the remark to be derogatory towards travellers. ITV issued an apology to any viewers who were offended by the comment. Ofcom welcomed the apology and stated that it considers the matter resolved.