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Williams pay touching tribute to F1 legend Murray Walker with inscription on new car at Bahrain GP after his death at 97

WILLIAMS have paid tribute to broadcasting legend Murray Walker on their cars at the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Walker, who headed up F1’s commentary on BBC and ITV between 1976 and 2001, passed away on March 13 at the age of 97.

Both Williams cars sported the tribute to Murray Walker on Friday
The much-loved commentator passed away earlier this month

Walker was famed for his Murrayisms and excitement behind the mic, as well as his emotion.

And Williams paid their respects by carrying his famous quote from when Damon Hill won the F1 title in 1996 while driving for the team.

The message on the car’s halo says, “And I have got to stop, because I’ve got a lump in my throat”.

The inscription is designed to be clearly visible from the television camera perched atop each F1 car.

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Fans reacted warmly when the message was first shown in Friday practice, one online deeming it ‘lovely’ and another wrote of how they were ‘thinking of marvellous Murray today’.

Meanwhile, Williams have confirmed that Formula 2 racer Dan Ticktum will continue as a development driver for this season.


The Brit joined the team in the same role last season, one year after being dropped from the Red Bull junior programme.

Ticktum, 21, said: “I am very happy to be continuing my partnership with Williams as development driver.

“It will be fun to get more time trackside this year as last year was quite difficult, so it will be nice to get more involved with the team at the track.”

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