Legendary Formula 1 racing commentator Murray Walker has sadly died aged 97.
“It is with great sadness that I have to inform Silverstone’s fans that Murray Walker died earlier today,” said Silverstone managing director Stuart Pringle in a statement.
“He was to so many of us fans of F1, the voice that epitomised the sport we love. Knowledgeable beyond words and with a passion that occasionally got the better of him in commentary, he brought the sport and some of its greatest moments to life in a way that ensured they remained seared in our memories for ever.
“Much will be written about the impact that Murray had on the sport and we will make a more fulsome tribute in due course, but for the time being rest in peace Murray and thank you.”
Formula 1 said in a statement that the series was “immensely sad to hear that Murray Walker has passed away”.
"Lucky is the word: my work has taken me round the world umpteen times to countries I would never otherwise have visited, and I have rubbed shoulders with some outstanding people.
"I have been incredibly, gigantically lucky."
– Murray Walker, 1923-2021https://t.co/ZWCixmsAmw
— Formula 1 (@F1) March 13, 2021
The statement added: “His passion and love of the sport inspired millions of fans around the world. He will forever be a part of our history, and will be dearly missed.”
When we talk about legends in F1, Murray Walker is one of the few to earn the status outside of the cockpit. He was a master of his trade and will always be the voice of F1. Rest in peace, Murray. pic.twitter.com/CgeL0O8zUq
— Aston Martin Cognizant F1 Team (@AstonMartinF1) March 13, 2021
The British Racing Drivers’ Club said in a statement posted by the BBC: “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.”
Former Top Gear presenter James May tweeted: “RIP Murray Walker, one of the great voices of my youth. I hope he would want someone to say that he’s interrupted himself, again. #HereComesWinkelhock”
BTCC tweeted: “Such sad news to hear that Murray Walker OBE has passed away.
“Murray was a true inspiration to us all, an icon and true motorsport legend.
“We are eternally proud that his infectious commentary was such a big part of the BTCC.
“Thank you… Rest in Peace Murray.”
Martin Brundle, former F1 racing driver and commentator who began his career with Murray Walker said: “
Martin Brundle began his commentary career next to Walker at ITV in 1997 and said: “Rest in Peace Murray Walker.
“Wonderful man in every respect. National treasure, communication genius, Formula One legend.”
We would like to send our condolences to the friends, family and fans of Murray Walker, a true icon in motor racing history.