“There’s Been No-One Like Him” – Lewis Hamilton on Murray Walker

Published 03/16/2021, 3:22 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium after winning the race and the world championship Pool via REUTERS/Clive Mason


The world of motorsports was sent into mourning on Saturday evening when British Racing Drivers’ Club announced the passing of former F1 commentator, Murray Walker. His legendary voice influenced the racers of today, including Lewis Hamilton.

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Murray Walker served as the leading commentator in the UK for BBC between 1976 and 2001. He provided his voice to some of the most iconic moments in F1 history, such as the Prost-Senna clash in Japan in 1990 for the world championship and Damon Hill’s popular title win in 1996.

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The Briton wasn’t done giving his regards there. In the driver’s press conference on Sunday after the final day of testing, he mentioned how Walker influenced his life. He also recognized the long and healthy life Murray lived and wished for the same.

“I just remember hearing this iconic voice, growing up watching all the Grand Prix,” said Hamilton.

“He really made the sport exciting. There’s been no-one like him that I’ve seen on TV, that even without watching the TV, if you’re out in the room and you hear him you’re excited, it makes you want to run back in and see what’s happening.

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“Obviously me growing up watching him through that early phase of my life, and hearing him. No-one can come close. So it’s naturally sad to hear his passing, but I think he’s had a long, great life. I hope and pray that I have the opportunity to live a long life like he has.”

Lewis Hamilton is replicating Murray Walker’s good words about him. The former commentator himself once talked about his admiration for Hamilton. He went as far as rating Lewis higher than the likes of Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher.

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But, he wasn’t the only one who recognized Murray Walker’s legacy after his passing. The FIA placed a banner commemorating his life over the main straight of the Bahrain International Circuit.

The likes of Martin Brundle and Andy Croft are carrying the mantle from him these days. Lucky us, we have the pleasure of hearing over some of the best voices in this sport.

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Bharat Aggarwal

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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