Autosport 18/03/21

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farewell and thank you to a genuine motorsport legend

How many fans discovered and enjoyed motorsport thanks to Murray Walker? The answer must be in the millions. Not only did his career stretch back to before the Formula 1 world championship began, but his infectious enthusiasm and perfect commentary voice made him an intrinsic part of motorsport’s coverage and growth. That helps to explain why so many tributes, from not only those working in the sport (page 8) but also the scores of enthusiasts (p19), have poured in since news of Murray’s passing broke last weekend (p4). He was one of those few figures in the public eye that no one seems to have anything negative to say about. Even Walker’s famous mistakes – my personal favourite is, perhaps, “The lead car is unique, except for the one behind it, which…

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murray walker

PHOTOGRAPHY Broadcasting legend Murray Walker, who has died at the age of 97, made a huge contribution to growth in interest in Formula 1 in Britain. Generations of fans grew up listening to his voice describing the exploits of drivers such as Jackie Stewart, James Hunt, Nigel Mansell, Damon Hill and Jenson Button. To the wider public he was best known for his occasional gaffes and the “trousers on fire” commentary style so famously described by Clive James. At heart he was a hardworking and hugely knowledgeable enthusiast, who was admired and respected by the drivers and team bosses, and by everyone who knew him in paddocks across different disciplines. His fame extended well beyond the UK, since his commentaries went also to Australia, New Zealand, Canada and South Africa. More people…

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PHOTOGRAPHY Lewis Hamilton So sad to hear of Murray’s passing. I remember growing up hearing your voice over the races. You made the sport so much more exciting and captivating. The iconic voice of our sport and a great man, thank you for all you did, you will never be forgotten. Rest in peace Jackie Stewart to Associated Press He is one of those people that will be remembered forever and not too many commentators could expect that to happen after their life. He was a gentleman of the sport, his command of the English language was huge, so too his excitement and his energy. It is a great loss. I spoke to him not that long ago. He was in a care home and we had a good conversation. I don’t think many people…

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memories of murray, who brought joy to millions

Murray Walker’s was a life extremely well lived. He brought joy to tens of millions from Southend to Sydney and popularised the sport of motor racing for many generations. But what made Murray Walker the person and the broadcasting legend that he was? Fittingly for a man who was unique, it was an exceptional combination of factors. First, his heritage in the sport and passion for it. Like me, he was drawn in by a father who raced, in his case on motorbikes, and worked in the sport. Murray was devoted to his father, who also introduced him to commentary. He is known as the voice of F1, but Murray had a boundless enthusiasm for many racing categories and was equally at home providing the soundtrack to all of them. One…

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silverstone set for sprint race on british gp saturday

FORMULA 1 Should the post-lockdown protocols allow a crowd to attend this year’s British Grand Prix, it seems that you may have to be there on the Friday to get your traditional qualifying fix. That’s because Silverstone looks poised to host Formula 1’s inaugural ‘sprint qualifying’ race on the Saturday as teams prepare to give the proposal their final approval. Following the latest F1 Commission meeting at the end of January, F1 has been working on plans for sprint races to debut in 2021 after the plan received “broad support” from teams. A working group was formed to flesh out details after a number of questions emerged from the meeting, with the target of having a final proposal in place for teams to vote on before the start of the new season. It…

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miller grinds to top on ducati

MOTOGP MotoGP’s second and final pre-season test in Qatar came to a close last Friday with only five riders completing laps on the last day due to high winds and sandy track conditions. This meant Jack Miller’s fastest-ever Losail lap set on the opening day of the test went unchallenged. The Ducati rider (above) has been tagged by many as the 2021 title favourite, a fact “I enjoy a lot”. Miller, along with factory Yamaha duo Maverick Vinales and Fabio Quartararo – who finished the test 2-3 on combined times – displayed some of the best long-run pace of the field. Both Yamaha riders grew happier with the 2021 M1 chassis, while Petronas SRT’s Franco Morbidelli was pleased with the “substantial” updates on his older ‘A-spec’ bike. Alex Marquez fractured his foot in his…