The Voice of F1     [Report Abuse]   

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Between 1948 and 2001 Murray Walker was the undisputed voice of Formula 1. Enthusiastic, well informed and with one of the most distinctive voices in television, Walker had (and still has, when he occasionally shows up on BBC radio) a remarkable ability to get right to the heart of the action, even though, sometimes, excitement got the better of him and the words came out in the wrong order. Even when he got it wrong and uttered one of his famous “murrayisms”, however, Walker never failed to be understood. His infectious love of the sport touches everyone who hears him commentate. Here are some of the best commentary quotes from this F1 legend. 
“With half the race gone, there is half the race still to go.”
“I should imagine that the conditions in the cockpit are totally unimaginable.”
“There are seven winners of the Monaco Grand Prix on the starting line today, and four of them are Michael Schumacher.”
“Anything happens in Grand Prix racing, and it usually does.”
“And he's done that in a whisker under 10 seconds, call it 9.7 in round figures.”
“Tambay's hopes, which were nil before, are absolutely zero now.”
“I can't imagine what kind of problem Senna has. I imagine it must be some sort of grip problem.”
“Now he must not go the wrong way round the circuit, and unless he can spin himself stationary through 360 degrees I fail to see how he can avoid doing so.”
“Mansell is slowing it down, taking it easy. Oh no he isn't! It's a lap record.”
“I don't want to tempt fate but Damon Hill is now only half a lap from his first Grand Prix win and..and HE'S SLOWING DOWN! DAMON HILL IS SLOWING DOWN! HE'S..HE'S STOPPED!”
“In my defence...it depends how you define the word 'mistake'. What people call Murrayisms are malapropisms or getting the words in the wrong order. You're standing there in front of a TV set and getting live pictures. The words are pouring out of you. You have to say what comes into your head, and sometimes the wrong words come, in the wrong order or I'd make prophecies which immediately turned out to be wrong.”

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