British commentator Murray Walker is dead. A statement by the British Racing Drivers’Club (BRDC) officially confirmed the death of the icon on Saturday night. Walker grew 97 years old.
We share with great sadness the news of the death of BRDC member Murray Walker OBE,”it says in the statement. A friend, a true motor sports legend, the nation’s favorite commentator and an infectious smile.”
“Murray will be sorely missed, his work and his voice will live on in motor sports and in our hearts forever. We thank Murray for all he has done for our community. We send our love and thoughts to Murray’s family and friends in this difficult time.”
From 1976 to 2001 Walker commented on the formula-1 transmission in the UK. This made him the “voice of formula 1” in the mother country of the royal class and the icon. He began his career in the 1948s after serving in World War II.
Murray first focused on motorcycle transmissions before focusing on formula 1 in the 1970s. For the BBC he took over the comment of the Formula One transmission in the 1976 year and continued even after the change of rights to ITV 1997.
His last race he commented at the US Grand Prix 2001. For his extraordinary work on British television he was awarded the BAFTA Special Award to 2002. His numerous legendary sayings and quotes, with which generations of Formula One fans have grown up.
“Peace in peace,” tweeted former racing driver Martin Brundle in the evening, with whom Walker commented together from 1997 to 2001. “The last thing we need to remember A wonderful man in every way. National treasure, communication genius, formula-1 legend.”
Numerous other former and active racers also spoke out and paid Walker respect, such as Mika Hakkinen, Mario Andretti, David Brabham and Damon Hill. The voice of Formula One and a true legend of our sport. His legacy will live on forever,”commented Williams driver George Russell.
“Like so many of you, I am sad to hear that Murray has died. His enthusiasm represented everything that is great about our sport and is the reason why so many of us love formula 1,”added McLaren boss Zak Brown.
“The entire FIA family respects him,”wrote FIA President Jean Todt. And Red Bull team leader Christian Horner remembered: “I grew up with his unmistakable comment and his enthusiasm for sport was contagious.”
Motorsport Network President James Allen took over Walker’s comment at ITV 2001. He also showed himself on Saturday “extremely sad” about the passing of his Mentors. We had some great experiences together on this trip, a lot of laughter and endless stories.”
Formula 1 itself commented on the sad occasion in a statement:”It is immensely sad to hear that Murray Walker has died. His passion and love for sport inspired millions of fans around the world. He will always be a part of our history and will be sorely missed.”