Damon Hill Recalls the Famous 1996 Pizza Hut Commercial Starring Late Murray Walker

Published 08/10/2021, 7:02 AM EDT
Damon Hill of Great Britain and driver of the #1 Danka Arrows Yamaha Arrows A18 Yamaha 0X11A V10 sprays champagne to celebrate his second place at the Hungarian Grand Prix at the Hungaroring Circuit, Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Michael Coopern/Getty Images)


The entire F1 community wept as the late commentator, Murray Walker, bid adieu to the world in March this year. There were viewers who enjoyed his commentary more than the actual race, which says a lot about the legacy he left behind.

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Amidst such a saddening year, there is still one thing about the Briton that would still leave the viewers amused – Walker’s advertisement for Pizza Hut.

Murray and one-time world champion, Damon Hill, starred in an advertisement that reached heights only because of Murray’s voice. The Briton’s job the whole time was to commentate on Hill eating his pizza in a restaurant, which made him look like a ‘mad’ commentator.

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But was he one in real life?

Definitely not.

What did the F1 world champion say about Murray Walker?

Hill reckoned that Murray was indeed a ‘lovely man’, who enjoyed commentating, and exactly knew how to do the job. He further revealed that Murray showed no signs of struggling in front of the camera while shooting the advertisement.

Damon Hill and Murray Walker’s Pizza Hut advert. from formula1

He is a pure professional. I mean, he just became this maddening commentator, that he isn’t really or he wasn’t really. He was a lovely man. But, he knew what he had to do, and he knew how to do it,” he said during the F1 Nation podcast episode, alongside Tom Clarkson and Natalie Pinkham.

And also, he started advertising, so he was completely on his patch because he exactly knew what the game was,” Hill further added.

The commercial was a big success: Damon Hill

The 60-year-old revealed that the commercial received positive response from viewers around the world. What’s more, he also gave a brief explanation of what the advertisement was about.

So, the commercial was a big success, very funny and basically Murray’s commentating on me eating a Pizza, which was the funny thing. And then, I get cheesed off with him, no pun intended,” he said. Hill also revealed when the commercial first aired on TV.

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Hill said, “I think it was 96 or 98 or something like that.” Murray was undeniably the voice of F1, who worked tirelessly in bringing out pictures into words on the live telecast and continued to do so for 25 years.

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So, will anyone ever better Murray Walker, arguably the greatest commentator in the field of motorsport? Well, let’s hear out your opinions.

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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