Tributes have poured in from Formula 1 drivers past and present following the sad news of Murray Walker’s death.

The British Racing Drivers’ Club announced on Saturday evening that Walker had passed away at the age of 97.

Walker was known as the voice of the world championship for generations of fans after serving as the lead commentator on F1’s coverage for more than 30 years.

He initially joined the BBC as a commentator in 1978 and worked full-time until he retired from his role in 2001 when he then served as ITV’s lead commentator.

Murray’s infectious and high-energy commentary style saw him become a fan-favourite, and the Briton was widely regarded as one of the greatest commentators of all-time.

In a legendary career that spanned seven decades, Murray was best known for his excitable and passionate style that coined his famous ‘Murrayisms’. He was loved by many proved a hugely popular figure within the paddock.

Murray was appointed an OBE in 1996 for his services to broadcasting and motor racing.

Since his passing was announced, tributes have flooded in from across the motorsport world. Below is just a selection of the messages…

 

Some of Murray Walker’s best quotes:

“The car is unique, except for the one behind it which is identical.”

“It would have been Senna’s third win in a row if he’d won the two before.”

“With half the race gone, there is half the race still to go.”

“I don’t make mistakes. I make prophecies which immediately turn out to be wrong.”

"There's nothing wrong with the car except it's on fire."

"There are seven winners of the Monaco Grand Prix on the starting line today, and four of them are Michael Schumacher."

"Unless I'm very much mistaken... I am very much mistaken!”

"And now excuse me while I interrupt myself!”

"Mansell is slowing it down, taking it easy. Oh no he isn't! It's a lap record."

"Do my eyes deceive me, or is Senna's Lotus sounding rough?”

“IF is a very long word in Formula 1. In fact, IF is F1 spelled backwards.”

“You can cut the tension with a cricket stump.”

"I'm ready to stop my start watch."

Crash.net sends our condolences to Murray Walker’s family.