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Iconic Formulation One commentator Walker passes away

Murray Walker, the voice of Formulation One as a commentator on British tv with a high-octane model, has died. He was 97.

The British Racing Drivers’ Membership introduced Walker’s demise on Saturday however didn’t present a trigger.

Walker’s broadcasting profession spanned greater than 50 years, working for the BBC and ITV earlier than he retired from commentating in 2001.

“His ardour and love of the game impressed thousands and thousands of followers around the globe,” F1 tweeted. “He’ll eternally be part of our historical past, and shall be dearly missed.”

Walker commentated on his first grand prix for the BBC in 1949 earlier than happening to name Ayrton Senna’s intense rivalry with Alain Prost and Nigel Mansell’s 1992 title triumph.

When Damon Hill took the chequered flag at Suzuka to win the Japanese GP and grow to be world champion within the early hours of an October morning in 1996, an emotional Walker stated: “I’ve received to cease as a result of I’ve received a lump in my throat.”

On the BBC, Walker was partnered by world champion James Hunt for 13 years earlier than his demise in 1993. The conflict of personalities — Walker a consummate skilled in comparison with Hunt’s extra relaxed strategy — received over the general public.

When Hunt died and Formulation One headed to ITV in 1997, Walker teamed up with Martin Brundle, whom he would work alongside for 5 seasons earlier than his ultimate race at america GP in 2001.

On Saturday evening Brundle tweeted: “Relaxation In Peace, Murray Walker. Great man in each respect. Nationwide treasure, communication genius, Formulation One legend.”

Walker as soon as stated of his personal profession: “Fortunate is the phrase. My work has taken me around the world umpteen instances to nations I might by no means in any other case have visited and I’ve rubbed shoulders with some excellent folks. I’ve been extremely, gigantically fortunate.”

He cherished his sport and was mourned all through its ranks.

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