Does this tribute to beloved motorsport commentator Murray Walker capture the unique appeal of his “trousers-on-fire” style?
Murray Walker, who has died at the age of 97, was the ‘voice of Formula 1’ for a generation of the sport’s fans.
Murray Walker, the much-loved, long-serving Formula 1 commentator, has died at the age of 97, the British Racing Drivers’ Club has announced.
It was pure chance that I happened across a live broadcast of the British Grand Prix on BBC Grandstand in 1989. That first glimpse of Formula 1 captivated me, aged seven, and over the coming years the sport got under my skin. How did I turn into an F1 fan? Here are the five things … Continue reading The five things that made me an F1 fan
McLaren boss Ron Dennis gave the annual Watkins lecture at Autosport International yesterday. He was interviewed at length by veteran commentator Murray Walker for around an hour. One of the most interesting moments came when he discussed how he managed the rivalry between Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso in 2007, and how it compared to … Continue reading Ron Dennis on how the Hamilton-Alonso row compared to Senna and Prost
It’s out! Alonso has a Ferrari contract My good friend and colleague Pino Allievi is writing in La Gazetta dello Sport in Italy that Fernando Alonso has a four year contract with Ferrari starting 2011, but with clauses which allow that contract to be brought forward one year to 2010. Fans vote John Motson’s Tottenham … Continue reading F1 links: Walker’s win and Alonso’s deal
Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix will be the final F1 broadcast by ITV. Since taking over from the BBC as the UK’s F1 broadcaster at the 1997 Australian Grand Prix, ITV will bow out having covered 206 grands prix. But because they interrupt races with adverts they have missed over 31 races’ worth of live action … Continue reading ITV F1: goodbye or good riddance?
I know a lot of British F1 fans get irritated by ITV commentator James Allen. I’ve never been a big fan either but I’ve tried not to get too drawn into the Allen-bashing because, much like when it comes to discussing the talents of F1 drivers, I’ve never done it so I don’t feel I … Continue reading Commentating: How hard can it be…
Another early start for the UK’s armchair fans unfortunately didn’t equate to another exciting race last Sunday. Ferrari dominated and McLaren floundered – with Lewis Hamilton struggling get close to Mark Webber’s Red Bull and Jarno Trulli’s Toyota, let alone actually make a move. Yes he may have been driving for points (in the second … Continue reading The Ben Evans column: ITV aren’t bad
Watch the first F1Fanatic video race preview of 2008 including interviews with Lewis Hamilton and Murray Walker plus a competition to win tickets to the British Grand Prix.