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Murray Walker | 06:00 UK time, Friday, 16 July 2010

Should Vettel have accepted Webber's front wing? How would I have dealt with the Alonso/Kubica situation? Will Schumacher be back in F1 next year? What do I think of Williams's upturn in form? Who do I think is going to win the drivers' and constructors' titles?

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  • Comment number 1.

    Great roundup, Murray - enjoyable as always and I hope they continue.

    Just one thing at the risk of sounding like a pedant - the Alonso / Kubica incident took place at the Vale complex, not Brooklands behind you at the BRDC.

  • Comment number 2.

    As sharp and enthusiastic as ever, great to see Murray still in the mix. One of our national treasures.

    Personally, I can't agree with Murray and don't see Alonso winning it, but otherwise I think he's spot on with everything else. Nicely handled on the thorny issues by having his professional hat and his personal hat to give different viewpoints.

    Long may you GO! GO! GO! Nurray!

  • Comment number 3.

    I will also disagree with you on Alonso winning the championship, as he may have fallen too far behind in the standings now. Personally I think it will be a McLaren driver or Mark Webber. However, I am with you on *wanting* Mark Webber to win the championship, as he really does deserve it on the basis of his rise in form and his determination.

  • Comment number 4.

    I disagree that Alonso will win the driver's championship. In fact I will be very surprised if he's in the top three at the end of the season. I also disagree that Alonso is the most complete driver in the running - similarly to Vettel, I think he is over-agressive and petulant in equal measure, and unfortunately doesn't have the car beneath him to turn his agression into race wins. I hope that either of the McLaren boys or Mark Webber wins it this year - they are the three drivers who have concentrated on just getting out there and racing.

  • Comment number 5.

    As has already been pointed out, the Alonso overtake was at Vale, leading around onto Club, not Brooklands going on to Luffield.

    Also, Race Control instructed Ferrari to give back the position immediately, and then two further times before Kubica retired. Ferrari elected to risk the drive through penalty as the gap they were pulling out on Kubica would have been bigger than the time lost due to the penalty should they get it. However, as the safety car came out just before Alonso was due to serve his penalty it compressed the field and it put him to the back. Had the safety car not have come out, and had Kubica not have retired, Alonso would have come out in front of Kubica after serving the penalty. That is why Ferrari did not tell Alonso to concede the position, because at the time there was nothing to lose by retaining it, no one would have anticipated the safety car coming out.

  • Comment number 6.

    Hi all,

    As some of you may know, I edit the F1 blogs.

    Thanks for pointing out this Alonso/Kubica mistake, which was not Murray's fault. We should have spotted it. But I have to say even I thought it was at Brooklands/Luffield when I watched the race!

    Anyway, we have now tweaked the video to correct the error.

  • Comment number 7.

    Good to hear you on TV again Murray. Rather than asking you a question about recent F1 events. I want to ask you something that has been annoying me for ages and you are probably the best person to ask this question of.
    I wonder if you would be so kind as to tell me (and others who I am sure have wondered the same thing) if there has been an F1 World Champion who has won the championship without actually coming first in a race? If not who became champion with the least number of wins in any one year?

  • Comment number 8.

    Great to hear your views Murray, but like everyone else I am curious as to your backing Alonso for the title this time around.

    At the moment Ferrari do seem to be not quite on the pace of McLaren or Red Bull (I know Alonso qualified 3rd and McLaren struggled at Silverstone but I think that was an anomaly due to McLaren's snafu with the blown diffuser) as a team they also seem to have their priorities slightly out of whack, they are too busy trying to be clever and making too many mistakes. Also I have big reservations about Alonso, when he is on form he is brilliant, but this season he just doesn't seem to have his head in the game and he has made a number of silly mistakes and lets not forget his temper tantrums over Montreal and Valencia or HIS decision not to let Kubica past after the stewards instructed him to do so.

    I wonder how much Alonso is still smarting about his debacle at McLaren and how much his resent of Lewis is actually down to him wishing he was at McLaren not Ferrari. McLaren have shown over the last few seasons how strong they as a team and how as a team they can maximise what they can achieve from their car whilst Ferrari still seem to be struggling to recover from demise of the dream team (Brawn, Todt, Schumi et all).

    As for the best best driver, sorry but for me that is Lewis, I find it frightening to see how much progress he has made personally over his first 3 seasons and this season he looks frankly unstoppable, if he can stay in a race winning car then I find it conceivable that he might even match or beat Schumi's 7 world titles, regardless of the competition.

    My money is on Lewis to take the championship, but I have to agree I would be cheering even louder if Webber got it. I still remember his Minardi days and particularly his celebrations for getting their first points, like Jenson he has always been a good driver and its great to finally see him fit and healthy in a car that is capable of winning races.

  • Comment number 9.

    Great to hear your views like everyone else i cant agree on alonso but thats what i like about you, never afraid to swim against the tide no matter how strong. keep up the good work.

    incase murray cant answer your question artlochfergus. no one has ever won the drivers championship without winning a race. the lowest only won 1 race, Mike Hawthorn in 1958 and Keke Rosberg in 1982.

  • Comment number 10.

    Thanks Murray for taking the time to answer my question. It's a fair answer and I can see your points as to thinking that Alonso will win it but I feel that overall the decisions and lack of performance from the Ferrari will ultimately mean he will fall short but I could see him being the highest pts scorer until the end.

    I think Hamilton will go on and win it but if Mark Webber did I think it would be the best result for F1 fans worldwide.

  • Comment number 11.

    10. At 3:37pm on 16 Jul 2010, eagles2008 wrote:

    I think Hamilton will go on and win it but if Mark Webber did I think it would be the best result for F1 fans worldwide.



    best result? It would certainly be popular... maybe, I just wonder if he does win it how many 'fans' will be screaming that he is an unfit champion because he had the fastest car for half the season (and counting).

  • Comment number 12.

    No way that Red Bull should have given the parts to the other driver, its a poor reflection of the team.

    Alonso should not have been given a drive through, they gave a ruling and then gave a second ruling thats just unfair

    Give it a rest with Michael even if he is just making up the numbers he is out driving half the other cars.

    William was a fluke result

    McLaren will win the championship

    Lewis will win it

    Button will not retain his drive, he is a great lad but too easy unsettled in the car

    I'd also like Webber to win it but his best performances come when he is angry. Boo hoo to it all being smoothed over at RedBull give him some more grief so he can drive his socks of every race. I do like Seb, and rate him highly but too many germans in F1 have team orders which make them great.

  • Comment number 13.

    Also this issue with blue flags and back markers, why not just change the rule to say that if two backmarkers are duling for position then they can overtake each other until the fatser car has lapped them and is clear of the two cars.

    The issue of being held up by back markers blights the races for me.

  • Comment number 14.

    12. At 6:43pm on 16 Jul 2010, Racing Revell wrote:

    Alonso should not have been given a drive through, they gave a ruling and then gave a second ruling thats just unfair


    Huh? He was told to let Kubica past him (as he should have done because he overtook off the track) 4 times apparently and refused, he was also apparently warned to let him back through or face a drive through and took the drive through.... he was just unlucky that the safety car came out when it did (or too look at it from an ozzie perspective maybe karma was playing). Regardless the regs understand that going off the circuit is preferable to an accident and in doing so its possible to pass the car in front, in recognition of this drivers are to let the car back past them and nothing will be said or investigated as its just a racing incident at that point.

    If you think that Alonso was unfairly penalised what did you think of the drive through Lewis received at Spa in 2008? Lewis passed a struggling Ferrari in the wet off the track, let the Ferrari past but lined up for an overtake into the following corner (which wasn't covered by the regs at the time the incident occurred) and was given a 30(?) second time penalty after the race.

    Alonso (and Ferrari) were looking at the lap times and thought they could keep ahead of Kubica with a drive through, they gambled and lost out heavily because of the safety car... Luck can play an important part in F1 and this time Alonso pushed it and it flipped and ruined his day.... even he seems to have accepted that.....

    I think Button will probably stay at McLaren for another couple of seasons and then retire, he is pushing Lewis hard (12 points behind, equal wins both 1 DNF that wasn't their mistake and points finish every race). I suspect McLaren are plenty happy with him and I can't see any other driver other than Alonso or maybe Kimi (if he was hungry again) who could push him so hard.

    As for Seb he is quick when he an empty track in front and everyone else behind, but what happened to him at Silverstone? He messed up his start and picked up a puncture... unlucky but then he trundled round the track going nowhere, it was only the safety car bringing the pack back together that fired him and even then he made overtaking look hard (well apart from his move on Schumi which he made look easy). For me Seb still has a lot to prove, he proved he can overtake when given enough motivation which is something I can't remember seeing him do before but his pace at the back when he was almost lapped and his messy fight with Sutil and others....

    I like the suggestion of fighting lapped drivers being unable to overtake under waved blues. I would put a similar rule to overtaking off the track in play, if you do pass then you have to give the place and also say the fight is back on after the next corner /chicane, should be simple enough to monitor from race control.

  • Comment number 15.

    Hi Murray,
    Great to hear your views as always...

    You have picked Alonso to win the driver's title.
    Paul the Octopus has also chosen Alonso to win....

    who am I to argue?

  • Comment number 16.

    I cant understand the issue with Alonso and Kubica. The penalty may have seemed harsh after Kubica had dropped out but the place should have been given back straight away. Kubica had the racing line and defended as his is right. Alonso could have backed off or cut the corner. He cut the corner so he has to give the place back straigh away which he didnt so its his tuff luck. Had it been the other way around Alonso would have been the 1st to complain. In regards to most complete driver I cant see it being Alonso myself. He just isnt, he has made more mistakes this year than in any previous season and he gets rattled so easily. If you look at 1 lap speed, race pace, overtaking,car controll, out performing your cars real speed, it hs to be Lewis. Other than that great recap and I to would be happy to see Webber win the title.

  • Comment number 17.

    I had Alonso down as my favourite to win at the start of the season, but mistakes and penalties have cost him the lead and I think he is too far back. Massa is showing the Ferraris' true pace which isn't right up there. Alonso is flattering the car and I agree is the best on the grid. A "wiley old fox".
    I've never seen Michael look so relaxed when interviewed. It's like he knows something that we don't. The Ferrari intensity has gone but I don't know if it's a good thing or a bad thing. One other post was spot-on, the middle to top isn't bad at all.
    I don't think Red Bull will win either title. After Turkey I thought that a team couldn't do any worse, yet they managed the front wing controversy at Silverstone. They lack experience as a team.
    Re Kubica and Alonso....another incident with the safety car! I think what goes around comes around and I bet Alonso wishes Piquet had never crashed in Singapore!........
    Just like Button last year, Webber "deserves" a title. He seems so approachable but sometimes comes accross so arrogant, it's a strange mix. I wouldn't deny him a title but the team are tripping up all the time.


  • Comment number 18.

    17. At 2:16pm on 17 Jul 2010, AndyEssex wrote:

    Massa is showing the Ferraris' true pace which isn't right up there.

    I am not sure that he is, he is lacking some of the spark and fight that he had prior to his accident and head injury. I suspect that he hasn't fully recovered from what was a horrific accident. I think Alonso has actually shown us the full pace of the car, but has been hampered in turning that into results by a mixture of mistakes from pushing too hard when he didn't need to (e.g. jumping the start, his 1st lap spin earlier this season) and then loosing focus when things haven't gone his way.

    I think Fernando is in a bit of a bind at the moment, he is a driver who has always pushed himself and his team HARD, and when he has pushed too hard things have gone badly wrong - McLaren being an obvious example, and I suspect his attitude at Renault might have been a contributing factor to what happened in Singapore. I also don't think Ferrari are helping him as I suspect he needs a team that will reign him in/ keep him on a tight reign rather than let him have his head as they have done.

  • Comment number 19.

    Good video as usual Murray. I agree with you about Alonso's penalty - too right he should have got it. Let's all cast our minds back to Spa 2008 and the Lewis Hamilton penalty, which ruined an epic race.

    I disagree that Alonso will win the title. The Ferrari is not quick enough, it will not BE quick enough, and they're all too frustrated anyway. I'm a McLaren supporter, but I would always love to see Mark Webber win the title - because he deserves it in a very big way.

  • Comment number 20.

    The voice you can always trust to be right well done Murray as always. Although one thing I think you got wrong Fernando Alonso winning he title. Red Bull and McLaren too strong. He may be the best driver all round, but you need the best car if you want to win the championship and Alonso doesn't have it.

  • Comment number 21.

    What I thought might happen has happened for Michael Schumacker, people feel sorry for him?
    It seems a shame he came back, I always said it would be a mistake, it's a bit like putting Alan Shearer back in the England team (Hmmm!) maybe I was wrong, he couldn't do any worse.
    Seriously though, I think it is spoiling what has been a superb career.
    As for Alonso definately the right descision, he broke a rule and there has to be punishment.

  • Comment number 22.

    Alonso umm not so sure about this time but next year he's got to be in with a shout i think Webber will in it,just they do seem to be making it hard of themselves these red bull drivers thats for sure.

    As for Michael Schumacker it odes seem like time has moved on he's not looked anything like the old version of himself,now be it down to the car or himself,i suspect the latter sadly,the time has come to retire i feel.

  • Comment number 23.

    Interesting insights as always Murray. I have to say, I am slightly baffled by the suggestion that Alonso is the most complete driver on the grid. This used to be the general consensus in the past, but surely Hamilton's 1-1-2-2 and his now very mature on and off track behaviour is an indicator that he has clearly leapfrogged Alonso? In comparison, Fernando is having a generally poor season, obviously being heavily affected psychologically at Valencia and Silverstone and getting off the line poorly at least twice this year. The only favourite outside of a Red Bull for the Championship is surely Lewis Hamilton?

  • Comment number 24.

    Regarding Schumacher,

    you all of such short memories, and opinion on him seems to flip 1 race to the next. Back at Monaco Murray was saying 'He's Back!' and now 'I can't see him continuing'. Brilliant.
    Only a few times this year can his performances be put down to a genuine poor performance all weekend. Hardly anyone seems to be analysing WHY he finishes where he does, and as any genuine F1 pundit knows, you have to know the reasons behind finishing positions. Nothing in F1 can be taken at face value.

    If you look at his performances in total, even Valencia and canada, he has made brilliant starts and was very unlucky with both, Canada with the puncture, and then trying to survive on the Hards for most of the race, and valencia where it was questionable whether there should have been a red light at the pits. Both times he leapfrogged Rosberg at the start and was in great positions.
    Spain and Turkey, he finished ahead of rosberg and delivered the maximum the car could manage.
    Monaco he would again have been ahead of Rosberg (after a brilliant start, something he made at Valencia and Canada) if it wasn't for the dubious call by FIA to penalise him.
    Malaysia, looked very strong, again made an excellent start, and was unlucky his wheel fell off.
    Australia, 1st corner 1st lap incident where he was collateral due to the Alonso/Webber incident.

    etc.etc...
    it is clear he is very focused on next year and has lost none of his speed or racecraft. its as if these so called 'f1 experts' are reading the results page on the bbc website and assessing all their opinions on that.

  • Comment number 25.

    Legend Murray...you are a true legend!

  • Comment number 26.

    14 - Cordas - Yep, agree with all of that.

    I didn't realise Alonso was told to give the place back straight away. Doesn't change my opinion of of what should have happened (he should have given the place back straight away), but hopefully it will put to bed these ridiculous anti-alonso conspiracy theories I've read about recently. I think Ferrari were so incensed by Hamilton's perceived lack of penalty at the previous race, that they thought they could play a similar game to their advantage. They have nothing to complain about. It's quite clear, over the years, that if you gain a place by cutting a corner (doesn't matter if there was no where else to go, or you avoided an accident), you must give the place back. If it went unpunished you'd start seeing it at every corner of every race!

    As for Button, I think he could stay at McLaren for a couple more years. He's a much better/more consistent driver than Kovalinen, but he's not fast enough to cause Hamilton problems. It's good for McLaren's constructors championship push, to have two drivers who will always score well every race. The question is, how many seasons will Button want to stick around, being continually out-performed by his team mate? He won't, of course, storm off in a huff after one season (like Alonso), but I'm thinking if it gets to three seasons finishing second to Hamilton, he might want to call it a day.

    Not sure about back markers not being able to race under blue flags, surely passing back markers quickly is one of the skills a true champion must have? It adds excitement to a race when you have one car chasing down another, and you know they have to get through back-markers.

    If Red Bull continue to have the best car, I'd like to see Webber win, but I'd still prefer Hamilton to finish top. I reckon over the next 5-6 years we could see some epic battles between Hamilton and Alonso, to decide who is the finest driver of their generation. If they were both double world champions by the end of the season I think that would set things up nicely for future seasons!

  • Comment number 27.

    According to what I have read here and elsewhere online, Ferrari were advised by the stewards to tell Alonso to let Kubica back past, Ferrari wanted to clarify 'advice' and asked repeatedly in that was official guidance or 'just advice'... the stewards answer were something along the lines of - its not an official ruling because we are still investigating, but our advice is to let Kubica past... This was a circular conversation until the stewards issued the penalty.

    Not sure why you think Button isn't fast enough to challenge Hamilton as to me it seems quite clear he is. I do share the common view that Lewis is the faster of the 2, but not by a significant enough margin to make up for the vagaries of race weekends. I also think people should bear in mind that this season's car was designed with Lewis in mind, and that Jenson is the newbie in the team so has had to learn a whole new way of going racing...

    Personally I just think there are going to be some great on track battles between Lewis and Jenson and I can't wait to see them. As for Alonso and Ferrari they needs to get their focus back and stop making things more difficult for themselves, if they can stop the current downward spiral then I can see there being great battles between Lewis and Alonso, it just depends if Alonso can stop being his own worst enemy.

  • Comment number 28.

    Glad to see Murray going against the British bias in this countries F1 coverage and tipping Alonso for the title. I bet we don't see Alonso playing a guitar with Massa singing along along taking up half of next weeks pre-race coverage though!

  • Comment number 29.

    Thanks for answering my question Murray and company! I think we share the same opinion over Herr Schumacher's future!

  • Comment number 30.

    Good to hear the familiar voice again! I have to say, though, I don't agree that Alonso is the most complete racing driver. I've been extremely impressed with him in the past, but now he seems slow (tough breaks at Silverstone aside) and he blames everyone except himself for that. I don't think he'll be a complete racing driver again until he knuckles down and gets on with the job rather than trying to pass the buck.

    Personally, I wonder if he's actually taken a confidence knock, coming into Ferrari expecting to dominate and instead finding the team with its own struggles and a potential equal in Massa (I think Massa's own lacklustre performance could be down to him still recovering over last year's injury).

    Personally, I think Lewis will win since he seems to have found some strength the last few races, though Button's been consistently grabbing points as well.

    Maybe I'm biased but I'm just looking at the current trend...

  • Comment number 31.

    Who remembers the Piquet/Salazar incident. I seem to remember James saying 'It has happened to most of us one time and another' I cannot remember James being taken out by a back marker?

  • Comment number 32.

    What is your reaction to the news that broke in France yesterday that Bernie Ecclestone has implied that the Monaco GP will not take place next year>

  • Comment number 33.

    @ Penny Pops - Its just Bernie and Monaco fighting over how much money Bernie wants to be paid to host the GP, I can't see F1 leaving Monaco because i can't see the teams letting it, or the FIA.

  • Comment number 34.

    @artlochfergus

    From the wiki page for the F1 world champs... no driver has won the title with no race wins. But 2 have won it with 1 win. I'll leave you to find that out :)

  • Comment number 35.

    Murray how things change. I've just been looking at all the kit and information BBC have available to help the F1 commentary. A far cry from when in 1962/3 I sat next to you in the BBC box at the Ulster MC Grand Prix passing you the riders numbers as they came through the pits straight and you had stickies all over the place with information about riders and machines you could fit in to the broadcast when necessary! As a then 17 year old I'll never forget that privilege afforded me by Malcolm Kellard. With very best wishes, John Murray

  • Comment number 36.

    I agree with the comment above by 'oigioeiee' - number 24.

    It's infuriating when you support a particular driver, pay close attention to their performance and the factors which impacted on their result and then the commentators appear ignorant of those factors in the post-race analysis. I do realise that it isn't easy to do this for all of the cars on the grid at once, obviously, but if you're going to repeatedly belittle somebody of Schumacher's calibre then checking the facts seems to be in order!

    Equally, I thought I'd just throw in the notion that people who've never even raced should think hard before criticising the mind-set or ability of the most successful driver in history.

    Finally, I don't see how Mercedes could possibly drop Schumacher for next year unless he stands aside. For starters, the strong personal relationship between Brawn and Schumacher seems to have been overlooked. Secondly, Mercedes, the German car manufacturer, does not want to be the company which let down Michael Schumacher, the German racing hero.

  • Comment number 37.

    Can't say I could agree with any of Murry's predictions. Time will tell!

  • Comment number 38.

    on all the on screen graphics, all drivers are referred to by their first 3 initials of their surname e.g BUT and HAM, so why is MSC the only driver to have the initial of his christian name, surely he should be SCH just like all the others?

  • Comment number 39.

    hello Murray,
    Missed seeing you this year for silverstone as like us you were unable to stay in the usual place, we were lucky enough to be found other accomodation in Banbury and really enjoyed the racing.Hope you were lucky enough to be sorted out quickly too. Love the changes at silverstone and they deserved all the praise recieved. You were right with your preditions last year that we would be at silverstone and not donnington thank goodness. Hope you are well and might see you next year ,we are the couple from Guernsey who always talk to you about Andy Priaulx and your visits to our island.

  • Comment number 40.

    What do you think about today's "race" in Germany, Murray. I would be so interested to get your comments.

    Loved the new circuit at Silverstone and a good racing day. Still missing your commentating. As John Arlott and Brian Johnston in Cricket were utterly irreplaceable, so are you. You with Martin were the best.

  • Comment number 41.

    Hi all,

    We are filming Murray Walker's next video blog on Monday and we'd like to hear from you. So if you have any questions for him, whether it's about the Hungarian Grand Prix or F1 in general, then please post them here.

    Thanks

    Andrew Benson

  • Comment number 42.

    Murray what did you make of the alonso/massa situation at the German GP?

  • Comment number 43.

    Murray,

    Do you agree with Bernie Ecclestone that some of the new teams shouldn't have been in F1 in the first place and will likely not make it to the 2011 grid?

  • Comment number 44.

    Murray, What do you think; Team rules? Yes/no?

  • Comment number 45.

    Is the driver world championship a team award as the Ferrari comments suggest, or a personnel award to the driver? If personnel should teams influence the final outcome? The German GP arranged position swap would not have effected the constructors points for Ferrari

  • Comment number 46.

    @davidrm - I think this dates back to when BOTH Schumacher brothers (apparently you don't know this - both Michael and Ralf) were driving in F1 - obviously just the first 3 letters of their surname wouldn't help anyone distinguish between them.... People have got used to this - so why change it?

  • Comment number 47.

    Why can`t Formula 1 go back to the V12 days?

  • Comment number 48.

    Could McLaren be struggling to develop their car effectively as a result of having two very strong drivers with very different driving styles?

  • Comment number 49.

    williams' explanation for senna's fatal crash was that senna lost control of the car due to the car bottomming out as it was too low, yet the fia seem to turn a blind eye to the potential dangers of the red bull front wing touching the track surface. should they ban flexible wings?

  • Comment number 50.

    Murray not a great qualification for Button. Is it possible for a driver to have an adopted plan B driving style? ie. Button has the preference for his smooth one, but when the going is poor and the car is not to his liking, just try throw it around more aggressively? I'm guessing that this is just so instinctive it might be impossible to switch so quickly.

  • Comment number 51.

    hi murry about the flexi wing,it skims and even glides the ground surely if it rains it will slow the cars performance by hitting the water on the track ?

  • Comment number 52.

    If Schumacher were any other driver, would he be in danger of getting the sack because of his poor performances?

  • Comment number 53.

    Do you think that if gambling on F1 is to be allowed, then teams must make it quite explicit before the race whether there will be team orders and that all bets will be annulled if race fixing is apparent?

  • Comment number 54.

    hi murray hope your well do you think team orders damages F1 is it not better to let drivers fight it out for the sake of the fans i know its a team sport but i find it very distasteful let drivers past to take a win
    its nothing short of fixing the race and if fixing is ok whats the point of turning up

  • Comment number 55.

    Have Red Bull designed the front wing around the static wing test? Clearly it moves under load then goes into a different configuration, i.e. the front end winglets twist the front wing due to its carbon fibre directional layout. So, Red Bull have a combine harvester in front of their car - Maclaren have an old fashioned shovel!! Alan, Poole, Dorset.

  • Comment number 56.

    Murray....if you put Sir Stirling at his best against Sebastian Vettel at his best in identical car...who do you think would win????

  • Comment number 57.

    I'd like to ask Murray if he thinks Lotus concentrating on next years car already will help them really become established as a new team, and does he think the driver partnership they have will help them score points for the first time.

  • Comment number 58.

    Hey Murray, what was the best year for Formula 1?

  • Comment number 59.

    Hi Murray, I've seen you do lots of interviews in the past, but I've never seen Peter Sauber interviewed by anyone, let alone yourself, my question is this, Do you think the BBC as well as yourself would like to see Peter and yourself in conversation ?

    I don't see this as being a quickie, and I imagine it would edit down to a very riveting Half Hour.

    Who Knows, it could end up being a Series for you to do at your leisure (if you have any that is, lol ).

  • Comment number 60.

    One way to stop team orders would be to cut each team to only 1 car and 1 driver. This would also allow new teams to enter F1 who cant currently afford to because the cost of running 1 car would be less than it is at the moment for 2 cars and wages for 2 drivers.

  • Comment number 61.

    My wife and I have been wondering for a while, When the circuit is an Anti-Clockwise circuit. Do the pit engieers still change the same wheel as normal or do the guys who normally have thier backs to the pit lane stay on the live side? Or do they not have a specific wheel and they just do which ever one they are put on for the weekend.

  • Comment number 62.

    ive got my slippers on the smell of my sunday roast filling the house
    its grand prix day sit back and enjoy. ps. bring back murray..legend

  • Comment number 63.

    how a grand prix weekend is enjoyed in my house

  • Comment number 64.

    Hi Murray i have folloowed F1 since i was a little boy But can you answer me one question that has had me thinking for ages
    Has anyone ever won the F1 drivers championship without ever winning a race in one season?

  • Comment number 65.

    What many of us would dealy love is for you, Murray, to do one guest commentary a year. Any chance of giving us a once-a-year return to the trousers on fire commentaries we used to love?

  • Comment number 66.

    Ay Up Murray. Hope this message finds you well. Can you ask the team to gives us some information and film footage with regards to the logistics of transfering the garage etc from one country (racetrack) to another. I often wonder if there is an advance party. Would be interesting to know. Thanks.

  • Comment number 67.

    Another team orders thing:
    One thing people have missed, this is effectively race fixing.
    Imagine putting £100 at 20 to 1 on Massa to win and he's leading then he deliberately slows?

  • Comment number 68.

    How do you feel about the Ferrari team tactics? Bad for F1? Or do we have to be realistic...

  • Comment number 69.

    HI MURRAY! I WOULD LIKE TO ASK YOU ABOUT THE TEAM ORDERS,IN RESPECT OF THE THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE THAT LIKE TO HAVE BET ON THERE DRIVER TO WIN A RACE,IF TEAM ORDERS CHANGE THE RESULT I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW HOW F1 COULD DEFEND THE POSSIBLE REMOVAL OF THIS RULE,WOULD F1 BECOME A SPORT YOU CANT HAVE FLUTTER ON.

  • Comment number 70.

    Is there any rule that favours cars (engines, gearbox etc) that make it to the Q3, considering they are exhausted more fighting for the pole shoot out than cars that fall out in Q1?

  • Comment number 71.

    How is it that you were such a legend yet Legard is so full of rubbish, he waffles on about nothing missing track action and cutting over radio transmisions and Martin. Please come back and partner martin in the commentary box.

  • Comment number 72.

    Does F1 needs another 13th team like Virgin or Hrt? Or can we have client chassis from Ferrari, Mercedes,....for those teams? Wouldn't that be better?

  • Comment number 73.

    it looks like Webber is running on 2nd set of supersoft tyres (green stripe) and not the primes ? am I wrong ?
    peter

  • Comment number 74.

    Red bull last week team boss said they dont give team orders but surely holding vettel back to give webber a big lead is team orders isn't it, as it going to change the race result most likely.

  • Comment number 75.

    schumaker just pushed Rubin over the pit white line and nearly in to the concrete - black flag Schumaker

  • Comment number 76.

    disqualify schumacher far too dangerous not good to watch risky moves like that

  • Comment number 77.

    With the carnage in the pitlane in Hungary being something that has been looking inevitable after the number of near misses, what do you think will happen to stop it happening again?

    Also, did you agree with Rubens Barichello's call for Michael Schumacher to be black flagged?

  • Comment number 78.

    Murray, What do you think should happen to Schumacher after that move? Could he be disqualified form any future races as it was such a dangerous move?

  • Comment number 79.

    Hello Murray,

    Would you rather see new tracks on the calendar or older tracks?

    For some reason, the new tracks just don't create enough excitement.

  • Comment number 80.

    What do you think is going wrong at Force India, at the start of the season they where firmly in the fight for 4th/5th in the constructors and now they are struggling at the back and in danger of falling back into 7th and might even finish 8th if Sauber keep on scoring the way they are.

  • Comment number 81.

    What is your view on the institution of the safety car?

    Originally F1 did not have such; it was a US institution to handle oval races. With the institution come the rules and strategies to handle the rules. There have been quite a few instances where the deployment of the safety car altered race results. A glaring example is today's Hungarian GP. To the spectator, no safety car rule was broken, but a drive through was imposed, altering the race results.

  • Comment number 82.

    Hey Murray,

    What is your answer to Rubens' question after the race? Was Schumacher right or wrong?

  • Comment number 83.

    murray,after the team orders last week,and everybody has there own versions of what happend,in the race today we saw schumaher put rubens almost in the pit wall, it looked from my view that i had that he did it on perpose,my question to you murray is is this fair driving or do you think he should get punished for what looked like a unfair driving incedent. thankyou,ian.

  • Comment number 84.

    Do you think the testing ban improves the racing, or would things be more exciting without it.

  • Comment number 85.

    There has been a lot of comment about team orders. My question is to you, but I would like it posted to Christian Horner. (some hope)

    Who made the decision for Vettel to 'back up' the rest of the field to allow Webber to shoot into the distance?

  • Comment number 86.

    Murray, Can you please find out what was going on with Marks chair at the press conference it was so funny laughed out loud brill thanks

  • Comment number 87.

    please please ask mark about his chair watching the forum now...
    Lets have a laugh with him sitting there love Gail x

  • Comment number 88.

    Murray

    Do you think Formula one cars are clearly identified enough?
    I've been watching formula one for fifty years and I think identification is getting sloppy. What I mean is, there is a slall red number on the vertical side wing of the Red Bulls, there are numbers buried on the valley on the bonnet of the ferraris, Mclarens and some others have numbers on the rear wing sides. It's all sloppy. I sometimes find it difficult to identify between drivers in the same team. Iknow some presenters do too. I know there are different helmets - I know there are different camera colours but surely car numbers can be in a common place on each car so that some of the casual spectators or young spectators can read off a programme and say, 'ah that's number 10 that must be Barrichello and not Hulkenberg'
    Maybe I'm being too picky bet sometimes teams can be too keen to sell adevertising space and forget about the lifeblood of the sport - the spectator.

    Regards

    Rumblingdan (alias John Wilkie)

  • Comment number 89.

    dear Mr walker could you tell me if the top 3 drivers after a race have to replace there steering wheel after a race before going on to the podium if this is the case look at the BBC footage you will see mark Weber did not whats the out come of this act.

  • Comment number 90.

    Hi Murray.

    Do you feel, after the incidents in Canada and now in Hungary, that Michael Schumacher has become a danger to other drivers?

    I believe he has and should retire at the earliest opportunity.

  • Comment number 91.

    dear Mr walker could you tell me if all 3 top finishers of the race have to replace there steering wheel, if so look at the BBC footage and you will find mark webber did not, what would happen now.

  • Comment number 92.

    Murray since watching F1 for a while now it seems like all the best lap times in most of the circuits displayed before a race are by older more out of date cars why is this the case when technology has moved on so much ?

    Been loving the coverage of the whole bbc team. Andy :)

  • Comment number 93.

    Was Schumacher's move on Reubens Barrichello the worst you've seen him pull?

  • Comment number 94.

    Hi Murray, we've just seen McLaren their lead in both the drivers and the constructors championship to Red Bull. They've pulled back deficits in the past, can they turn it around again and rescue their season?

  • Comment number 95.

    Mr walker, mark webber did not replace his steering wheel after exiting his car and then proceeding to the podium dose this go against the FIA rules. thanks t.c

  • Comment number 96.

    What do you think of the Schumacher/Barrichello Incident?

  • Comment number 97.

    Hi Murray, have you noticed vettel's tendency to turn his car aggressively towards cars that are alongside him? He has done this when overtaking and at start's, it seems to be a an emerging pattern don't you think?

    all the best :)

  • Comment number 98.

    Mr Walker, its a pleasure having you at the BBC, and being able to watch your online videos, I am a huge fan.

    What are your thoughts on Vitaly Petrov. And are Renault being harsh on him, putting pressure on him for the drive next season considering he is a rookie, and so far the best in terms of points scored.

  • Comment number 99.

    Just correcting my comment, as I missed a crucial word out in the one above;



    Hi Murray, we've just seen McLaren lose their lead in both the drivers' and the constructors' championship to Red Bull. They've pulled back deficits in the past, can they turn it around again and rescue their season?

  • Comment number 100.

    please can you give me an answer for my question.
    In silverstone I guess, when Hamilton and Button swap places twice, didn't we hear Hamilton over the radio asking his team whether his team mate was going to pass him or not if he slows down to save feul. Isn't that a clear proof of team orders.Otherwise why would Lewis asks if someone is going to past him or not?? was it a race or not??

 

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