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

A man whose voice is now associated with some of the most famous moments in the sport’s history, he became a full-time F1 commentator in 1978, working with the BBC and ITV in the UK.

Walker formed iconic partnerships with both James Hunt and Martin Brundle, and was appointed an OBE in 1996 before retiring from his role in 2001.

He remained a keen follower of the sport well into his retirement, making a series of appearances on F1 broadcasts over the past decade.

“It is with great sadness we share the news of the passing of BRDC Associate member Murray Walker OBE,” a British Racing Drivers’ Club statement read on Saturday night.

“A friend, a true motorsport legend, the nation’s favourite commentator and a contagious smile. Murray will be sadly missed, his mark and voice will live on in motorsport and our hearts forever.

“We thank Murray for all he has done for our community. Sending our love and thoughts to Murray’s family and friends in this difficult time.

“RIP our friend.”

Tributes have flooded in following the news, with Brundle describing his former comms-box partner as a “wonderful man”.

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