Murray Walker diagnosed with cancer

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Legendary Formula 1 commentator Murray Walker says he is "very hopeful" after he was diagnosed with a form of lymphatic system cancer.

The condition was detected during tests after a fall in which he broke his pelvis last month.

"They've caught it incredibly early. It's treatable, the doctors say my condition is mild and I'm very hopeful," he said.

Walker has commentated on F1 races for more than 30 years, first with the BBC and then with ITV.

Although he retired from full-time commentary after the 2001 US Grand Prix, he has continued to work in F1.

Since the BBC regained TV rights at the start of the 2009 season, he has been involved in a series of features on the BBC Sport website.

'True fighter'

BBC F1 editor Mark Wilkin said he had spoken with the former commentator on Monday, adding, "It's good to hear he's in good spirits. Our thoughts are with him and we're all really hopeful he can make a full recovery."

Murray mis-speaks…

  • "And I interrupt myself to bring you this..."
  • "He's obviously gone in for a wheel change. I say obviously because I can't see it."
  • "Alboreto has dropped back up to fifth place."
  • "Tambay's hopes, which were nil before, are absolutely zero now."
  • "You can't see a digital clock because there isn't one."


Radio 5 Live reporter Jennie Gow tweeted on Tuesday: "Just spoken to Murray Walker. He's in fine fettle. Said broken pelvis was a blessing in disguise. He thanked all for their kind wishes."

F1 driver Jenson Button also commented on Twitter: "Murray is a true fighter…Get well soon matey."

Walker, aged 89, has cancelled plans to attend the British Grand Prix at the end of June, and is due to have chemotherapy in the next few months.

As a broadcaster, he is famous for his high-energy commentary style and his amusing tendency to mis-speak.

He is also known for shouting "Go, go, go, go!" at the start of many grands prix.

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