Legendary Formula 1 commentator Murray Walker has died at the age of 97.

Walker has become synonymous with F1 and was dubbed as the ‘voice of F1’ after serving as the lead commentator for more than 30 years for the BBC and later with ITV.

Walker’s high-energy and enthusiastic style saw him become an instant favourite among fans, and he is still widely regarded as one of the greatest commentators in the sport’s history, with his famous sayings being dubbed as ‘Murrayisms’.

A statement issued by the British Racing Drivers’ Club on Saturday evening announced that Murray had passed away at the age of 97.

“It is with great sadness we share the news of the passing of BRDC Associate Member Murray Walker OBE,” the BRDC statement read.

“A friend, a true motorsport legend, the nations favourite commentator and a contagious smile.

“We thank Murray for all he has done for our community.

“RIP our friend.”

After retiring from full-time commentary after the 2001 United States Grand Prix, Walker returned to broadcasting on a part-time basis in 2005 and made occasional appearances on the BBC, Channel 4 and Sky Sports F1.

Walker was diagnosed with cancer in 2013 after sustaining a broken pelvis in a fall at home.

A statement from F1 added: We are immensely sad to hear that Murray Walker has passed away.

“His passion and love of the sport inspired millions of fans around the world.

“He will forever be a part of our history, and will be dearly missed.”

Ex-F1 driver Martin Brundle, who acted as Walker’s co-commentator from 1997, tweeted: “Rest in Peace Murray Walker.

“Wonderful man in every respect. National treasure, communication genius, Formula 1 legend.”

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