Gallery: Murray Walker - the voice of Formula 1

The legendary Formula 1 commentator Murray Walker has died at the age of 97. With the help of the Motorsport Images archive, we celebrate his life in pictures.

Murray Walker 1923-2021

Murray Walker 1923-2021
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Murray was best known for his F1 coverage, but was a passionate fan of motorcycle racing. He's pictured here interviewing Barry Sheene in 1975.

Murray was best known for his F1 coverage, but was a passionate fan of motorcycle racing. He's pictured here interviewing Barry Sheene in 1975.
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Murray chats to Keke Rosberg after his maiden F1 victory at Dijon in 1982.

Murray chats to Keke Rosberg after his maiden F1 victory at Dijon in 1982.
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In the midst of the 1986 title fight involving Williams drivers Nelson Piquet and Nigel Mansell, Murray tries to deliver his lines to camera from the confines of the FW11 at the Portuguese Grand Prix.

In the midst of the 1986 title fight involving Williams drivers Nelson Piquet and Nigel Mansell, Murray tries to deliver his lines to camera from the confines of the FW11 at the Portuguese Grand Prix.
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Murray had a strong bond with compatriot Nigel Mansell. He's pictured leading a media roundtable with the 1992 world champion-elect.

Murray had a strong bond with compatriot Nigel Mansell. He's pictured leading a media roundtable with the 1992 world champion-elect.
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With omnipresent clipboard close-at-hand, Murray sits down with Ayrton Senna in 1992.

With omnipresent clipboard close-at-hand, Murray sits down with Ayrton Senna in 1992.
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In 1996, Michael Schumacher and his fellow drivers present Murray with a signed bottle of champagne to commemorate his final British Grand Prix commentary for the BBC ahead of F1's move to ITV.

In 1996, Michael Schumacher and his fellow drivers present Murray with a signed bottle of champagne to commemorate his final British Grand Prix commentary for the BBC ahead of F1's move to ITV.
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"And I've got to stop, because I've got a lump in my throat." Murray's words as Damon Hill crossed the line to become the first world champion son of a world champion father at the 1996 Japanese Grand Prix have been immortalised in F1 folklore.

"And I've got to stop, because I've got a lump in my throat." Murray's words as Damon Hill crossed the line to become the first world champion son of a world champion father at the 1996 Japanese Grand Prix have been immortalised in F1 folklore.
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Murray's classic Pizza Hut TV commercial with Hill in 1996 underlined how his personality had transcended his typical Sunday afternoon audience into mainstream culture.

Murray's classic Pizza Hut TV commercial with Hill in 1996 underlined how his personality had transcended his typical Sunday afternoon audience into mainstream culture.
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After misidentifying Schumacher's crashed Ferrari on the opening lap of the 2000 German Grand Prix, Murray decided that 2001 would be his final season in the F1 commentary booth.

After misidentifying Schumacher's crashed Ferrari on the opening lap of the 2000 German Grand Prix, Murray decided that 2001 would be his final season in the F1 commentary booth.
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Always a fan-favourite, banners celebrating Murray's career were plentiful at the 2001 British Grand Prix.

Always a fan-favourite, banners celebrating Murray's career were plentiful at the 2001 British Grand Prix.
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As Murray prepared to bow out of the commentary booth at the 2001 US Grand Prix, Schumacher led tributes in a special event that was attended by every notable figure in the paddock.

As Murray prepared to bow out of the commentary booth at the 2001 US Grand Prix, Schumacher led tributes in a special event that was attended by every notable figure in the paddock.
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At the 2001 Goodwood FOS, Murray took the chance to ride one of his beloved vintage motorcycles up the famous hill.

At the 2001 Goodwood FOS, Murray took the chance to ride one of his beloved vintage motorcycles up the famous hill.
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Pictured with Mike Conway and Derek Warwick at the 2006 Autosport Awards, Murray remained a prominent guest speaker at public events and wrote a well-regarded autobiography.

Pictured with Mike Conway and Derek Warwick at the 2006 Autosport Awards, Murray remained a prominent guest speaker at public events and wrote a well-regarded autobiography.
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Together with fellow BRDC members Johnny Herbert, Sir Stirling Moss, John Watson and Derek Warwick, Murray attended the opening of the Silverstone Wing in 2011.

Together with fellow BRDC members Johnny Herbert, Sir Stirling Moss, John Watson and Derek Warwick, Murray attended the opening of the Silverstone Wing in 2011.
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In later years, Murray helps Steve Rider with a BTCC grid draw.

In later years, Murray helps Steve Rider with a BTCC grid draw.
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