It is fair to say that Murray Walker is truly the voice of Formula One having commentated on the sport on and off since 1948. Known for his enthusiastic and charismatic style, Walker was palpably excited during every race and became synonymous without shouting “go, go, go” once the green lights came on at the start of the race.
Spending most of his time with the BBC, Murray did move to ITV when the channel won coverage of Formula 1 and rarely criticised drivers, instead preferring to give the benefit of the doubt in attributing blame for incidents. He was also known for the commentator’s curse - noting that he might say how well a driver was racing or that they would probably win the race, only to have them retire or crash out – and hence another catchphrase of his was born, “…unless I’m very much mistaken!”
In his time, Murray worked alongside other greats like James Hunt and Jonathon Palmer in the commentary box but no one ever outshone the legend himself. In later years Murray has sporadically returned to provide converge and insight on BBC Radio 5 Live as well as the BBC’s coverage, is a regular face at Silverstone and is still a very popular and much loved figure throughout the wider world of sport, not just Formula One.