Lewis Hamilton, Mika Hakkinen & F1 Community Give Their Heartfelt Tributes to Murray Walker on Social Media

Published 03/14/2021, 4:36 AM EDT


Murray Walker, the voice of F1, had a broadcasting career that spanned over 50 years. The British broadcaster worked for the biggest UK channels before retiring from commentating in 2001. The national treasure took his last breath on March 3, 2020, at the age of 97.

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Walker’s passion for motor racing was apparent through his iconic broadcasts that allowed viewers around the globe to experience a range of emotions. He was and will remain a loving figure for many.

As the news of Murray Walker’s death broke, tributes came flooding in on social media.

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“He was known for his enthusiasm and for being a true gent – and will be fondly remembered for his humorous slip-ups, dubbed ‘Murrayisms’.

“Murray’s most iconic moment came when Damon Hill crossed the line in Japan to win the 1996 F1 championship,” recalled a report.

Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button, Mika Hakkinen, and Damon Hill were just a few from the drivers’ community that paid their tribute to Murray Walker. As Button explains, “He [Walker] put his heart and soul into commentating.”

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F1 teams pay their tribute to Murray

Murray was the iconic voice which at a point in time was essential to F1 broadcasting. Along with F1 drivers, many teams also paid their tributes to the commentating legend.

Murray Walker was known for his animated descriptions of the action on the grid. He struck up an impressive and popular double act with world champion James Hunt. The latter’s technical knowledge, combined with Murray’s descriptions, had them work together for more than a decade at the BBC.

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In 1997, he was joined by another former driver, Martin Brundle, who remained with him till the end of his commentating career.

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It was immensely sad to hear the demise of Murray Walker. Certainly, his passion for the sport was exhibited through his coverage and inspired millions around the world. He will forever be a part of Formula 1’s rich history, and we hope he rests in peace.

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Ayush Manjunath

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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