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Murray Walker | 09:19 UK time, Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Was Vettel right to apologise?; How will the rear diffuser business pan out?; Is Kubica a genuine challenger?; How good is Jenson compared to greats such as Prost & Senna?; Is Ross Brawn the greatest engineer the sport has seen?; Will you be my grandpa??... Answers here..

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  • Comment number 1.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 2.

    Brilliant Murray. :) Is that your garden?

  • Comment number 3.

    Whats cars do you and have you owned?

  • Comment number 4.

    Murray, Firstly I hope you are well.
    You have had a long and illustrious career in motorsport, and long may that continue, what have been your highlights, and what if any thing would you have done differently, with the benefit of hindsight?

  • Comment number 5.

    Do you think the switch to Donington in 2010 is a good move for the britsh grand prix?

  • Comment number 6.

    Hi - just to say thank you once again for your excellent questions and again apologies from Murray for not being able to answer all of them. There will be plenty of time during the season to ask your question and I will be with Murray on Monday after the Malaysian GP so think of some great ones and you may be next. In the meantime continue watching F1 on the BBC.

  • Comment number 7.

    Can button win the world title ? I know its only the first race of what will be a long season, but the performance of the Brawn was fantastic in its first race. Its seems that the new regulations suit Jensons smooth driving style and this season could well play into his hands if the Brawn car is reliable, the only blot on the landscape is the diffuser debacle. Hopefully the powers that be will judge the diffuser legal and above board.

    Welcome back Murrey, you have been missed......

  • Comment number 8.

    I'm really interested to hear/read what Murray thinks, but I'm not sure about the Video Blog.

    It's hopeless if you are still on dial-up, which some people are.
    Not everybody has got broadband.

    If I go to a blog I expect to see words, maybe also an optional link to video, but I don't think the content should be hidden in the video.

    Words and pictures BBC please.
    Words and pictures....!

  • Comment number 9.

    First of all, just want to say your continued involvment in the coverage of F1 is fantastic, the day you retired from commentry was a sad day for commentry as far as i'm concered (though the BBC seem to be doing a good job with their current team).

    But down to the question, with the rise of Brawn GP, rivaling that of Lazarus, meaning we now have a British team and very likely 2 strong British contenders (certainly in the early part of the season), Can you remember a season which has contained as much domestic talent and interest in recent years? Is this year perhaps the year when F1 can gain some ground in the eyes of the british public?

    Also, (cheeky i know, asking 2 questions, how dare i?!), but what do you consider to be the best piece of "driving music"?

  • Comment number 10.

    What do you think about twilight races? Surely there is an accident waiting to happen

  • Comment number 11.

    Hi Murray

    Thank you very much for answering my question, it has made my life complete being acknowledged by one of my sporting heroes!!! These features on the BBC website are great and especially with your involvement.

    Enough of the sucking up to you....I'm glad I got your opinion of Kubica and I am happy that it reflects that of mine also. In comparison to Heidfeld, who appears to struggle with tyres and his setup, and had KERS installed, this shows that Kubica is extremely talented. BMW also tend to sandbag during the winter and practice sessions it appears, so it looks as though that Kubica exercised the car's true potential in the grand prix.

    Thanks once again Murray,


  • Comment number 12.

    Following on about my question on another blog (memories of Neubauer and Aintree 55). What was so special of that Mercedes team (Neubauer/Fangio/Moss etc) that gained the 1-2 in the 1st race in '54? (only emulated by brawn on Sunday)

  • Comment number 13.

    Hello Murray
    Hope your keeping well :)
    Just wondering are you coming to the British Grand Prix this year?

  • Comment number 14.

    "Depends on Grandma"

    Hahahahahahaha

    Classic.

  • Comment number 15.

    Really enjoyed your q & a session Murray. Congratulations on such good answers.

  • Comment number 16.

    Another wonderful video Murray, good to hear your voice talking about the issues of each race, somehow it makes everything seem a lot clearer once you explain it.

  • Comment number 17.

    If you could hand pick one race circuit which has hosted a grand prix in the past but is now not on the formula one race calendar, which would it be and why?

    I myself would choose Montreal if given the question.

  • Comment number 18.

    hi murray hope you are fine what is all this on the net about bugtti schumacher f1 coming to f1 in 2010 as vw who own Bugtti has always said no to racing in F1

  • Comment number 19.

    I think that now Jenson has a good reliable car he is a challenger, he always had the ability to become a world champion. I now live in the US so miss F1 on the BBC it is good that you Murray are back there and great that the BBC have F1 again, but I get to see neither and as someone who grew up with you way back whenever I miss it.

    PS as you were in the Tank Regiment you must have been to Bovington in the 50's early 60's did you ever meet my father G H Jones?

  • Comment number 20.

    Hi Murry,

    Loved the Q&A

    I have one question for you -

    Would you consider commentating on the britsih gp at silverstone this year if asked to?

    I personally wouuld love to hear you one last time, and think silvertones last gp would be very fitting

    All the best

    daz

  • Comment number 21.

    Murray,

    You are a legend!!! You played a big part in forming my obsession with F1!! I've watched it from as young as I can remember, and I'm 24 now. Thank you!!!!

    Best wishes,

    Graeme.

  • Comment number 22.

    Hi Murray,
    Its just brilliant to have you back! I'm really looking forward to all your comments and insights over the coming year ... and I absolutely second the suggestion that you consider commentating for the British GP this year. There is nothing more exciting than the start of a GP, apart from the start of a GP with a Murray "GO GO GO!".
    It was fantastic to see JB win this weekend, and I think he is world champion material, but my question for you is how much is success down to the driver and how much is it the car?
    Thanks Murray!

  • Comment number 23.

    Brilliant to have you back with us again Murray. I’m really looking forward to reading your next blog post.

    Here’s my question; will you have a possible return to the commentary booth one last time?

  • Comment number 24.

    good morning to a legend
    Please can you tell me Mr Walker, Bernie has stated that he wants the next F1 champion to be the winner of most races in a season, thus making overtaking more daring. Now this is what has happened in Aussie with Vettell and Kubica, one defends to the limit the other tries to overtake, much more than last season. THEN THE STEWARDS DECIDE TO PUNISH VETTELL for doing as BERNIE ASKS!
    Or is it that Bernie just wants F1 to become a farce with the stewards and courts deciding ALL RACES and championships...remeber the 70's? when bernie n max saved F1? and what are\ they doing now? you must be shivering at the thought? as well must KING MARTIN B?
    many thanks

  • Comment number 25.

    Murray,
    What is your opinion on circuits designed by Hermann Tilke?

  • Comment number 26.

    Murray,
    Do you think that whoever wins the most races should be world champion?

  • Comment number 27.

    Murray,
    Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou for answering my question. You really made my day! Think my husband was wondering what was going on, I was bouncing up & down in my chair saying 'Oh! He's used my question!!'

    Anyway, My question this week is about the whole Hamilton/Trulli chaos. Is it possible to explain the whole thing in easy layman terms (Which you are soo good at!) At this moment, I am quite confused as to how this has all happened.

    Love you Murray!!

    Heilancoo71

    P.S. Please, please, please do the commentary for the last British GP at Silverstone!!

  • Comment number 28.

    OMG, what do Lewis Hamilton and McLaren and us the views have to do to get a fair race off F1? Trulli and Lewis where obviously confused over who should have been where due to their little miss hap under the safety car. Whats all this rubbish about "for providing evidence deliberately misleading to the stewards" McLaren shouldn't have to had to appeal against the result of the race in the first place. The stewards should have seen it for themselves during the race. Which race where they watching? All they have to do is make sure the cars are in the same order when they restart as when the safety car came out. How Hard is that?

  • Comment number 29.

    Hi Murray,

    What do you think about the constant protesting and appealing that goes on after a race that seems to undermine the integrity of this sport ?

  • Comment number 30.

    Hi Murray,

    What is your opinion regarding Lewis Hamilton's disqualification from the Australian GP? Personally, I think it is another case of injustice reminiscent of Spa last year. Trulli went off the track, Hamilton I'm sure was aware of it, and gave the place back to him. The rules are obviously confusing but I understand Hamilton let Trulli pass him under the safety car since he was Trulli was ahead of him in the first place.

    DQ is extremely harsh, if anything the stewards should have demoted Hamilton back to 4th in my opinion.

    I think Hamilton has been treated disgracefully by the stewards, particularly in Spa and Melbourne.

    Thanks Murray

    Dave

  • Comment number 31.

    Hi Murray, do you think that in the 21st century in a new age of formula one, that it could be possible to have race stewards that might know how to do their jobs in the right way ! and not muck around so much with the race results because they can not act on the information that is availible to them during a race weekend ! after the ups and downs of the last couple of years, it`s sad and supid to cast a shadow over such a fantastic race, with such poor inaction on the part of those responsible for sorting out any racing incidents, the Hamilton and Trulli carry on is just that ! ( carry on race stewards ) an amazing comedy full of human errors ! best regards sennamax .

  • Comment number 32.

    In F1 as in life it seems we have been overrun by jobsworths following well intentioned rules to the letter when some common sense would surely be better for all concerned and especially for the wider perception of the sport.
    The whole Hamilton/Trulli debacle has yet again ruined what could have been a great advert for F1 in the eyes the audience, be they Hamilton lovers or haters. The only reason Hamilton was so cautious in letting Trulli past again was because he was terrified of the stewards in the first place after some stupidly harsh decisions last season. Whether his team told him to let Trulli back past or not surely is neither here nor there...
    Murray, I suppose it is too much to ask to go back to some common sense for the good of the sport? Surely just leaving Trulli 3rd and Hamilton 4th would have been the just decision in this case? Why give everyone below them an extra place as a result of the decision? It is so infuriating to find out nearly a week after a race that the result has changed, it makes me wonder how much longer some drivers will want to stay in the sport. What's your view Murray?

  • Comment number 33.

    another year in formula 1 but nothing changes. Who is it that the top two people involved with this racing dont like is itm Hamiliton or Mcclarens cause they are always penalising them far harder than anyone else. After all Truli only got a 25 sec pentalaty for over taking under the yellow flag but both the team and Hamiliton lose all there points. Why not just abolish this sport as it is the sport that is most corrupt. In Hamilitons first year Ecclestone said no way can a rookie win and Hamiliton was penalised for the least little thing and it is still happening and if it is Hamiliton they dont like I would suggest Button watch out you start winning and you will be penalised as well as they appear not to like ENGLISHMEN

  • Comment number 34.

    Do you think it is asking too much of the FIA to come up with a set of regulations that are agreed before the start of the season and which the stewards can apply ON RACE DAY so that the fans of this great sport can see the results of races determined on the track and not in some back room days later?

    Surely F1 fans deserve better than the fiasco being offered them at present!

  • Comment number 35.

    With regards to yet another steward decision post race time (Hamilton now stripped of all points from Melbourne) - What is going on? From what I gather Stewards are now allowed access to all conversations between team and driver so why rely on Drivers (Hamilton's) words at a hearing - surely it is their mistake not have looked at all the evidence available and to have come to the wrong conclusions initially. This is the whole idea of refereeing in other sports - you don't rely on other peoples/players opinions you look at the evidence - which looks to me was there all along.. Ok put Hamilton back to 4th if required but to take away all his hard earned points is ludicrous - Something is wrong somewhere!

  • Comment number 36.

    Hi Murray,
    The bbc and yourself, Are doing a great job of presenting the f1 races apart from Eddie Jordan, sucking up to that very happy person who runs the virgin company ! I thought DC made a good start and i thought his comments made a lot of sence, I have enjoyed looking around the web site and its great to see and hear gp highlights from years gone bye,
    I hope that after todays letdown by the stewards, that matters will not go against the Brawn team, that for me and many other f1 fans would spoil this years championship, those people from Italy should chill and build a car thats as fast as the brawn car and stop fussing and moaning like spoilt school kids because the other kids have a better toy !

  • Comment number 37.

    In your opinion, do you believe the stewards to be biased following Hamiltons demotion at the Australian Grand Prix?

    I myself do not see this to be the case but many others do.

  • Comment number 38.

    first let me say well done jenson i am a big fan new he would get there.Now to the question is the fia rasist as a white male with a mix race famliy it would seem to me over the time lewis hamilton has been in f1 his tretment has been hars isit rasisam or do they just no like him i have meet people (not frieds i must add) that are openly rasist and even they think he is be give a bad deal

  • Comment number 39.

    hi Murray, you're my pin-up, because i'd love to be a commentator, i'm always shouting at the tv and getting passionate, but i don't know to go about it, what would you suggest?

  • Comment number 40.

    Hi Murray, just finished reading your autobiog for the second time, a great book that documents a fascinating life, although by its very nture it can only scratch the surface. What's your opinion of the latest McLaren situation? It seem that they are lurching from one ethical faut pas to another...is this team - which in the past has always seemed to be the paragon of professionalism - really a group of sly win-at-all-costs tricksters or are they the victims of a system that is bent on villifying them? F1 teams are in business and we know they all try to bend the rules to their own advantage...so how much of this attention is a witch hunt do you think? Or, conversely, have they just been foolish (i.e. got caught) more times than other teams?

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  • Comment number 42.

    Hi Murray,
    I can't half feel that the FIA are becoming increasingly inconsistent with their judgements.
    Even if you just look at this year's Australian GP, Kubica and Vettel colliding was heavily ruled against Vettel (in which I feel is fair enough), but Kubica didn't exactly give a reasonable amount of room when Vettel was alongside him and yet Robert gets away with no such penalty. I feel both should have been either penalised equally or both had their wrists slapped. The blame for the crash was about 50:50 in my book.
    Then there is the Hamilton and Trulli issue where Trulli initially got a 25sec penalty because he overtook under the safety car. It then appears that Jarno went off giving Lewis the position - legally. McLaren then tell Lewis to give the Toyota back the place, in which is to McLaren's disadvantage. To me it seems the FIA have disqualified Hamilton because they penalised themselves, in which doesn't make sence to me. If I was making the decision, after reviewing the situation I would have given Trulli 3rd and Hamilton 4th. It's more embarrassing that it's taken almost a week to come up with a new verdict when nobody appealed and the footage and pit radio recordings could have been checked and final standings confirmed by the end of Monday.
    That just covers the actual racing, without going into technical engineering politics of the diffuser grey area. Don't get me started on that. :-)
    The FIA are getting worse rather than better. We need some fresh people to take over from Mosley and Ecclestone as clearly they've forgotten what good motor racing was like.
    Thank you Murray,
    Virtual Stig

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  • Comment number 44.

    hi
    can you tell me how with this new kers energy recovery system.they transfer the power to the road wheels

  • Comment number 45.

    Hi Murray,
    When will F1 ever get it right, they start a new season with immediate controversey. I presume we will now hear no more about diffusers as the Brawn cars and others have been declared legal in Aus.All cars should have been cleared before they even went to Aus. How much longer will we the paying public put up with it.
    Great to see you back, keep fit and healthy.

  • Comment number 46.

    Hi Murray, Just Played The Excerpt Of The Radio Communication Between Lewis and his team ! Whats the problem ! lewis, passed trulli, after trulli, went sight seeing, he then let him back in front, and because both lewis, and his team, did the right thing, they get into trouble even when they had been in touch with chalie whiting, the clerk of race day operations ! mad ! FIA you got it so wrong, give lewis his points and read your own rule book ( 2009 Edition ) best regards Sennamax .

  • Comment number 47.

    ...Murray, you are the man, its so good to have you back in F1

  • Comment number 48.

    what is your view of the fia and lewis hamilton one could almost say no matter what he tries to do they will knock him and the whole team down WHY is this always the case ??you only have to look back over the last 2 years to see what i mean
    please answer this for me .....

  • Comment number 49.

    Hi everyone..let's hope for a weekend of racing and not so much politics. Anyway, I will be seeing Murray on Monday after the Grand Prix, so get your questions ready for him. He does read everyone of them and enjoys your feedback. Also, can I point you in the direction of the News Channel at 18.30 for the second of our 'Inside F1' programmes. Lots of McLaren reaction. Enjoy the weekend.

  • Comment number 50.

    Hi Murray what can i say a legend mate a bloody legend i started off with the Raymond Baxter era and first heard yourself commentating on MotorBike Scrambling names like Dave Bickers Alan Lampkin etc ah those were the days.BBC has always stood out for its Sport coverage and Formula 1 is no exception.Every year Grand Prix throws up something different and usually controversial this year has started off with Australia getting a taste of political intrigue and new kids on the block.I've been going to Grand Prix for years and let me tell you when i watch a race i want to learn that when you take the chequered flag that's it that's the winner. No stewards enquiry awaiting days for the final result when Jackie Stewart crossed the line in a Tyrell he won end of.Lewis Hamilton arrived on the scene a breath of fresh air we were looking for the next Nigell Mansell Damon Hill etc in my mind Lewis could have been world champion in his first year a learning curve with a touch of immaturity let him down and McClaren weren't entirely blameless either.Now we have Lewis caught up in more controversy taking orders from his seniors with team leader suspended and Martin Whitmarsh and Ron Dennis taking a back seat.I agree with Lewis he is not a liar but he is still wet behind the ears where politics are concerned all Lewis wants to do is drive cars and win races as at Spa last year he gets penalized for doing what comes natural.McClaren are having their name tarnished and Lewis and his family will not want to see underhand shenighans going on.Too much and i think Lewis will walk but to be honest are Ferrari anybetter when it comes to integrity.Which finally leads me to the Bear Ross Brawn what a genius to have in your camp he made Shumi tick and with luck and expertise the same for Jenson we know Button has the talent now hopefully he has the car a patient Jenson and Nick Fry have waited a long time for this moment alright it's not a Honda but hey! a Brawn will do nicely thanks very much.

  • Comment number 51.

    Murray, with the media spotlight cast on Formula 1, especially since the spy scandal in 2007, do you think the politics behind the scene are detrimental to the sport and subtract from the spectacle of the sport ?

  • Comment number 52.

    Your on top form again Murray! :)

  • Comment number 53.

    Murray - It's absolutely fantastic that you are back with the BBC, I only wish it was behind the michrophone again - ah well.

    Anyway, my question. What do you think of NASCAR?

  • Comment number 54.

    Hi Murray

    This is a bit off topic. Like yourself I am a huge fan of pure road racing and im getting excited about the NW200 and TT coming up soon. Anyway the question is do you think it would be great to see F1 cars on the NW200 and TT circuits (obviously they would be smooth) and if racers were to face this challenge who do you think would come out on top.

  • Comment number 55.

    Dear Murray,

    On a completely different topic to the ongoing McLaren saga (will it ever end?!), I thought I would just ask two totally unrelated F1 questions.

    In your opinion, what are the greatest tangible factors that makes a truly great sports commentator and furthermore, which commentator (contemporaries in other sports welcome), had biggest influence on your own style?

    Not meaning to heap yet more praise on you, but my personal interest in Formula One waned in the late Schumacher years not because of the lack of overtaking or unpredictability of the "show" but mainly because of what I perceived to be a lack of quality in commentary. The commentary is something I find to be absolutely crucial to the armchair sporting experience - if I had the money I would go to the races but since I do not, I must rely on the commentator to communicate the experience to the viewer. And in this respect, I put you second to none in any sphere of sports commentary.

  • Comment number 56.

    Dear Murray,

    Firstly you are a legend, and i was so happy to hear yorself and james hunt commentating on the aussie grand prix back in 86, when it was re run the previous week, i was 11 at the time and i stayed up all night to see what a great race it was. My questions is what is going on at mclaren? Why do they seem to panic when a crisis blows up?

    Thanks

    Jason

  • Comment number 57.

    How much damage can results being decided some days after the racing has finished and all this fuss over the Brawns,Williams and Toyata cars which may yet still affect the final outcome of what you and us viewers/fans see on the TV this weekend do to the sport?

    Like in many sports when it seems money and politics now seem to mix surely its not good to see drivers been punished and themselves unsure of if they have collected a win or even a point till a courtroom appeal decides so.

    F1 needs to be entertaining on the track...not remembered as an event which actually doesn't seem to end once the chequered flag is waved!

    I am sure you as a long term lover of the sport don't want to see its attraction disppear.





  • Comment number 58.

    HI Murray,
    Do you think the decision by Mclaren to allow Trulli back through was based on the penalties they recieved last year for "similar - racing incidents"?

    Can I add my vote for the final Silverstone commentary to be done by yourself - classic!
    Steve

  • Comment number 59.

    Hello Murray, god to see you working with the BBC. 8¬)

    My question is, since thzat you're THE man of microphones, what do you need to do to become a proffessional commentator for Formula 1 or any other motorsport?

    Thanks and keep it up Murray.

    PS: My family's begging you to commentate for the British GP this season. It would make the season for us.

  • Comment number 60.

    Is F1 getting too political?

  • Comment number 61.

    Hi Murray,
    We just want to join the army of fans you already have and say It`s fantastic to have you back !! We have really missed you. Like others have expressed it would be amazing if you would commentate at Silverstone this year. I too became hooked on F1 because of your affection and passion for the sport and it just has not been the same without you. We love you Murray !

  • Comment number 62.

    Murray, Great to have you back in business!! we grew up on Murrayisms and have missed them dearly. I just wanted to say I think the BBC F1 coverage including the web etc are excellent, Much better than AdTV (Heehe). There is just one thing I would ask Please can we get a bit more Martin Brundle, he is the best F1 commentator in operation today and he is not being used enough. Your thoughts? He is the only guy to come close to you & James Hunt.

  • Comment number 63.

    Good morning Murry, I hope you are well. Do you think the Brawn cars will do okay if it rains today?

  • Comment number 64.

    Sorry Murray, spelt your name wrong on my last post.

  • Comment number 65.

    Hello Murray,

    Thank you very much indeed for contributing your huge store of memories and experience in this format, I would say this is just perfect for you, the BBC and all yours and F1s true followers.

    The question I have is not actually a question, more a 'can you help'.

    It has not gone unnoticed that Jonathan Legard is suffering a little in his transition to TV commentating. I had never heard of Jonatahan before his arrival at the BBC, with the wonderful Martin, but had surmised he had been commentating on horse racing in a local bookies, so alien was his delivery.

    Could you please wrap an arm around him and encourage a polishing of his style? No-one could ever hope to emulate your past commentary prowess (personally, I think you have been the best ever), but I feel confident you could extract much more out of Jonathan as I feel he really does have the ability and talent, just the delivery that suffers.

    I do hope you are in tip top health and will remain a leading light in the aura of the BBC team for some years to come.

    All my best wishes,

    Dr Alec Butterworth
    UK

  • Comment number 66.

    Allegedly Truill was off the track when Hamilton passed him under safety car. How does a following driver assess
    the probability that it is not for mechanical reasons rather than a 'blunder'that the car immediately in front is going to return.

  • Comment number 67.

    Dear Murray,

    Seeing as Jenson Button is now in the lime light... don't you think its time someone gave him a razor?

    Regards,

    Manichand

  • Comment number 68.

    Hi all,

    I am the BBC editor who is working with Murray on his content for the Sport website this year, as well as putting together the new Inside F1 show on the News Channel.

    I am going to see him on Monday to film his next contribution, which will focus on the Malaysian Grand Prix.

    We also intend to get Murray to answer questions from the public about Formula 1. So please send in any questions you would like to ask him - whether that is about Sunday's race, or anything else at all.

    Lodge your questions below, and we will make a selection of them. Murray will answer them on camera and we will show them on the website this week.

    Murray and I look forward to seeing your responses.

    Thanks,

    Roy

  • Comment number 69.

    Hi Murray

    What is your views on the half point rule- do you think that full points should be rewarded regardless of laps completed?

  • Comment number 70.

    The race in Malaysia was red flagged before the cars had even caught up with the safety car. Was the decision to red flag the race taken too early do you think? If not, why did they bother to send the safety car out? By the time the race was finally abandoned, the rain appeared to have stopped; given that the FIA have restarted races in far wetter conditions than those that the decision was made to abandon the race in Malaysia, are the FIA starting to pamper the drivers? The drivers have always complained about driving in wet conditions, it is only natural for them to try to persuede the officials to abandon the race, such complaints have historically been taken with a pinch of salt until now, why do you think the sudden change of heart?

  • Comment number 71.

    Hi Murry

    Sorry to bother you and these my be a stupid question, But what is your thoughts on Mark Webber and Red bull raacing a team at Malaysia and What do you think about the part within regulation 41 “the results will be taken at the end of the penultimate lap before the lap during which the signal to suspend the race was given”. If so why don't they just go back to where the Saftey Car came out.

    If the Reason for going back to the lap before is for pit'in then doesn't that effect the other drivers that have Pitted the laps before whist the Safty Car is out???

    Thanks for taking your time to read this anyways.

    You have to feel for Webber always bad luck every race but a good driver.

    Your my hero by the way and get rid of Jonathon and get behind the mic again.

    Cheers Clint
    Sydney, Australia

  • Comment number 72.

    How difficult are teams going to find it to make up the performance difference to Brawn GP, given the restrictions on in-season testing? Do you feel Brawn GP's advantage is here to stay?

  • Comment number 73.

    Hi Murray

    What I'm wanting to ask is do you think Ferrari are still feeling the effects of losing key personnel such as Michael Schumacher, Ross Brawn and Jean Todt? their decisions so far this season and others last season have been questionnable to say the least, with many of them backfiring- you have to believe that if Schumacher, Brawn and Todt were in the situations in question the decisions they would have made would have beeen the correct ones

    Regards
    Danny

  • Comment number 74.

    Hi Murray

    Do you think race times shoulod be fitted round the European audience or around the best racing conditions?

  • Comment number 75.

    Hi Murray,

    Any future commentary or TV plans?

    Gianni Fasulo,
    Peterborough.

  • Comment number 76.

    Is Honda board regretting on their decision to pull out of F1? One would have thought that if they already invested so heavily in the car then they might as well stick to it to see how it goes? Did they not trust Ross Brawn that if he is saying the car is good then 'it is good'?

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  • Comment number 78.

    does any one believe barichello should have been penalised more severly for causing the incident that saw 3 cars retire through damage caused by the collision in last weeks 1st race of the season?

  • Comment number 79.

    Dear Murray,

    Seeing as Jenson Button is now in the lime light, do you think he should smarten up his appearance, for example shave? Or do you think it’s just part of his winning formula?

  • Comment number 80.

    in respect to Bernie's proposed controversial points system, does it not make sense ,to go back in part, to old scoring methods,i.e. scoring 13 or 14 out of the 17 races and maybe 11 or 12 points for a win and 8 for second to encourage the front runners to overtake each other. I'm sure this would get a better balance than the present system,and iron out some of the unfairness of the old system of 9 out of 16 races /9 points win - 6 points second .Bernie's system could see someone with 4 GP wins and no other finishes, world champion,and also cars designed to be quick at certain circuits and not feature at others

  • Comment number 81.

    Hi

    Do you think that 'lesser' teams like Toyota, Red Bull, Williams and Brawn could stand a shot at the constructors championship? Also do you think Timo Glock will eventually become a world champion?

  • Comment number 82.

    In which do you, Murray, hold in higher regard - the driver's ability, or the car?

  • Comment number 83.

    Hi Murray
    Caqm Maclaren bounce back ie be in the top five by the Chinese Grand prix ina fortnight

  • Comment number 84.

    What do you think of the qualifying format in F1 these days? I remember when we had the 1 hour session and people would go out for their 3 lap runs and often led to the first 20 - 30 mins being boring - however the last 30 mins was enthralling. Would someone leave it to late, would a backmarker spoil a hot lap etc etc.

    Although this season the qualifying has been slightly better than previous sessions, mainly due to its unpredictability, I still feel that Q1 and Q2 are pointless and a waste of time and the fuel burning phase in Q3 is the same.

    Therefore I suggest bringing back the old format and possibly cutting the time to 45 mins to ensure that there are no longer the first 30 mins of no action. This also ensures that the drivers with the fastest times are on pole rather than the lightest fuel loads.

    I would like to see this discussed on the F1 show as feel that the qualifying is overcomplicated for what it is.

  • Comment number 85.

    Hi Murray,
    Under Bernie's proposed new medal and 'winner takes all' system, how would races, like Malaysia, that are stopped before 3/4 distance be decided? After all, surely you can't award a driver 'half a win' or half a gold medal?



  • Comment number 86.

    Dear Murray,

    Do you think the race should have started earlier than it did in Malaysia in order to avoid the storm on Sunday?

  • Comment number 87.

    Hello Murray, do you think that Ferrari will catch up with the likes of Brawn and Toyota and win another title this year after a horrible start to the season? They done it last year but Raikkonen had won in Malaysia. However, so far this year they still don't have a point.
    Thanks.

  • Comment number 88.

    Hi Murray
    I Know i asked this question last week but what do you think off the late local start time as i felt that this race was ruined by the fact that it was so late meaning it rained thus finishing the race far to early. I think the race was really good and the rain did add somthing but i also thought that it was far too dark when the two hours were up.
    I think its great for F1 that more people are tunning into the races but at what costs driver saftey.
    I thought that Brawn GP was great all weekend and i think they were hidding there pace during practice to save there engines as they really don't know how relible they are. The team deserves alot off credit and i'm really glad they are winning.
    Thanks

  • Comment number 89.

    Jonathan Legard... Where do i start! What will it take to get him excited?

    James allen all is forgiven.

    Things where so bad today i had to sacrifice listening to Martin Brundle and change over to 5live commentary.

  • Comment number 90.

    Hi Murray
    I think that the Brawn team have really out performed the big boys of Ferrari and McLaren and it just shows what can be achieved when everyone gets it first time. However, I also think that Ferrari and McLaren will fight back and very soon. Sure they haven’t got it right (at the moment) but a couple of weeks is a long time in F1.
    Please don’t get me wrong I’m all for new blood winning and I think Jenson deserves these two wins, but is it realistic at this stage to be talking of a new World Champion?

  • Comment number 91.

    Hi Murray

    Do you think Vettel has a realistic chance of being world champion?

    Thanks

  • Comment number 92.

    Hi Murray,

    great to have you back!

    My question is...

    Given that it seems that McLaren only have to sneeze to have a penalty, whether they have done anything wrong with the car or on the track or not, why is it that Ferrari are allowed to break at least the spirit of the law every time they leave the garage with their thinly veiled cigarette advertising?

  • Comment number 93.

    Dear Murray, again two questions this week

    How did the rain compare with other wet races you've seen in your career?

    Do you think Ferrari are in a crisis with their 2nd no score in a row?

    Thanks again, hope you enjoyed the race, I did.

    Andrew, Sheffield

  • Comment number 94.

    Hello Murray, do you think the half points awarded today could cause a problem if the Bernie Ecclestone system of "most race wins to be champion" comes in?
    Surely any driver with 5 full-race wins will expect to be put above a driver with 4 full-race wins and a "half win". Do you think Bernie's considered this scenario? Or is it more work for the F1 lawyers ??

    Also, great Murrayism from Legard today ...."HE'S SPUN OFF AGAIN !!" cries Legard, "No, that's a replay" answers Brundle.....priceless, but not in your league.

    Eff Juan

  • Comment number 95.

    Dera Murray,

    What are your thoughts on the age-old debate about driver ability versus their machinery?
    Looking at past world champions, they have rarely won the championship without the best or close to the best car on the grid.

    Thanks,
    Matt

  • Comment number 96.

    So glad grand prix is back where it belongs...THAT music (is there any other really?) super commentary team especially Martin who explains the techno so plainly...but please oh PLEASE! could you make the graphics at the bottom of the screen during the race a bit bigger? Us old and faithful watchers who do not have gigantic screens have to peer forwards to read who is where and done what. Don't think it will spoil the action..it never did before and will save countless trips to the Docs with ricked necks!!
    roll on the next one!!

  • Comment number 97.

    Hi Murray,

    Once again Button won the race, but for me the drive of the day was from Timo Glock. Who was your drive of the day ?

  • Comment number 98.

    Murray,

    Renault are in a sticky situation at the moment with downforce problems and no diffuser.

    At Malaysia though despite this and the fact Fernando Alonso had an ear infection, he still managed to out qualify his Team-mate drastically and got to qualy three before being as high as third at one point in the race, does this show that Fernando is the best driver on the grid or that Nelson Piquet Junior is out of his depth somewhat in the Renault?

  • Comment number 99.

    Hi Murray,

    He has been in the news a bit. So.. Which driver from the past would you liken Lewis Hamilton to?

    Cheers

  • Comment number 100.

    Hi Murray

    Good to see you involved with F1 coverage again, any chance you'll be in the commentary box at Silverstone this year?

    It's great to see both British drivers doing well this season, last year there was a great rivalry between Hamilton, Massa and Raikkonen bringing back memories of the Prost, Senna & Mansell rivalry of the 80's. Jenson Button has been awesome in the first couple of races this season, who do you think will be his main rival for the season? Or do you think it will be more open with any number of drivers standing a chance of winning the title?

    Cheers

    Andy, Paignton

 

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