Murray Walker, the voice of Formula One, has died aged 97, the British Racing Drivers’ Club has said. Walker, whose broadcasting career spanned more than 50 years, worked for the BBC and ITV, before he retired from commentating in 2001.
The BRDC said in a statement: “It’s with great sadness we share the news of the passing of BRDC Associate Member Murray Walker OBE. ‘A friend, a true motorsport legend, the nation’s favourite commentator and a contagious smile.
We thank Murray for all he has done for our community. RIP our friend.’
World champions Mercedes tweeted: ‘He was the voice of F1 to millions and his love, passion and positivity for our sport were unmatched.
You will be truly missed, Murray Walker.’ McLaren, Britain’s most successful F1 team, said on Twitter:
“Like millions of F1 fans, all of us at McLaren are deeply saddened by the news that Murray Walker has passed away.
‘He brought our sport to generations by sharing his passion and knowledge with humour and humility.
Our thoughts are with all who had the fortune to know him.