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Murray Walker | 15:00 UK time, Thursday, 24 September 2009

The home stretch of the season begins this weekend with the downtown lights of Singapore providing a dramatic setting for the only night race of the season. With last year's race now forever associated with the "Crashgate" saga, organisers will hope it is the racing that people will be talking about this year. Four drivers go into the race with a chance of winning the world title - will it be down to two after Sunday's race? These are my thoughts on the race.

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  • Comment number 1.

    Haha loved the ending! Looking forward to this race!

  • Comment number 2.

    Enjoyable as always, mind you i bet it's a bit harder to do a race preview, when there has only ever been one other race at that venue,
    was she one of ya wives then, looking forward to the race, be interesting to see the battle between the brauns

    keep up the good work, any chance of you replacing jonathan in the commentry box with martin for the last race of the season.

    I know i'm asking for a lot of other people out there

  • Comment number 3.

    Oh and one last thing, briatore ban too harsh....thats insane, anyone risking such danger to his own team and anyone else nearby by ordering a crash should be written off completely. GET RID!!!!

  • Comment number 4.

    Great video as ever Murray. Great ending as well!

    Enjoy Singapore.

  • Comment number 5.

    excellent video again least five or six drivers could win this weekend

  • Comment number 6.

    As always Murray, a pleasure to hear your thoughts.

    I agree that this race is going to be up for anyone to grab, for the 1st time I am frustrated I won't be able to see the practice sessions live, PLEASE PLEASE can they be put on iplayer?

    I can't say how much I am looking forward to this race!

  • Comment number 7.

    Putting last year's scandal aside, which has probably actually generated more interest in this weekend's race; I am thoroughly looking forward to the event. If Barrichello keeps the hammer down, things are going to get interesting. Button needs to watch the walls...could we see a cautious drive ..?

  • Comment number 8.

    Murray, I've been watching and enjoying your clips all year, and just wanted to say how much I look forward to them; it's great that your enthusiasm shines through too!

    You & your team pick some interesting locations - did I miss where this one is?

    BEEB OB Editors - can I suggest rather than Jake just saying there's extra stuff on the website, he tell people specifically that Murray is on here - I was lucky enough to find him early, but I would have come to the site just for Murray.

    And I don't know if the beeb team contract discussions are as protracted as the drivers, but if so please hurry up and confirm Murray for next year! (-;


  • Comment number 9.


    I'm the editor who films Murray's video blogs. We will be doing the next one on Monday, so if you have any questions to ask him about the Singapore Grand Prix or anything else to do with Formula 1, please post them here.

    Thank you,


  • Comment number 10.

    Hi Murray, I presume from what Brundel just said about Farrari being behind in developement and thats why they are so poor at the moment that Button only won the first 6 races because Brawn were up to speed with developement but as all the others apart from Farrari have now caught up Button is back to being a duff driver ?

  • Comment number 11.

    The commentator said 'marshals earn their money' at f1 races...... what money???? Please make sure it known that Marshals are volunteers who give up their time to train and Marshal events. The is no payment. In most cases it cost us money to do these events.
    A little bit of appreciation for the job we do would go a long way.
    Without Marshals, there would be no racing.

  • Comment number 12.

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  • Comment number 13.

    Murray, is there any chance you could make a return to commentry, even as just a one off special? I'm sure we'd all love it!

    And also, I'm sure this will get asked many times, but: what do you think of the action taken because of the "crash-gate" scandal? Do you think it was too harsh or not harsh enough?

  • Comment number 14.

    Hi Murray,

    With Rosberg being penalised for cutting the white line while exiting the pitlane, does the rule apply if a driver on the track cuts the white line while racing?

    I seem to remember Massa overtaking Webber at Japan in '08 where he used the pitlane exit to make the move.

  • Comment number 15.

    I am suprised that there has been little mention of the rule change for next year, supposed to be this year, with reference to most Grand Prix wins rather than points winning the title. If Lewis wins this race, and not Sebastian (or Rubens) then would it not have been the case that the championship would be over today?

  • Comment number 16.

    muzza, can you tell me, when martin was interviewing rubans on the grid,behind the scenes you could see the pit crew with ice???? i know its warm but making slush puppies on the grid!!!come on!!! anyway what is the ice for???iv been raking my brains and cant work it out??please help

  • Comment number 17.

    Is it just me but I wish the lights would go out in SingaBore...this is not motor racing it's follow the leader.....or the safety car, oh well back to the "race".

  • Comment number 18.

    Hi Murray,

    As a fan of recently converted fan of F1, can you explain how the teams find the order of garages in the pit lane and does this order alter for each race or not ?

    Thanks in advance!


  • Comment number 19.

    What's the black disk that Lewis Hamilton placed on the scuttle of his car with his steering wheel as he got out and then chucked back into the cockpit?

    At the end of the race back in Parc Ferme, the TV pics showed Lewis put his steering wheel on the scuttle in front of him while he climbed out, together with another circular object (black, plastic looking, 2-3" wide and less than 1" deep).

    Obviously he refitted the wheel before walking away, but just threw the cap-like object back into the cockpit?

    The only thing I can think of is that it's a part of a new style quick release for his race harness, as the buckle normally stays fixed to one of the lap straps.

    Seen it on the Mclaren a few times this season, but no other car.
    Can anyone confirm harness or otherwise solve this please?

    Good race Lewis, good points Jenson.


  • Comment number 20.

    With 14 potential teams on the grid next year, how will this effect the qualifying and points system?

    Surely the idea of 28 drivers going for the 'Gold' in the silly medel system would be all wrong...

  • Comment number 21.


    It follows last seasons constuctors championship, the team that finishes first has their pit box at the start of the pit lane, any new teams would have theirs at the end. I am not sure how they are going to structure it with three new teams next year, presumably in alphabetical order.

  • Comment number 22.

    Heya Murry, this is my first ever question to you.

    Why is it that the fuel hoses have gotten stuck at the Singapore GP in particular? It happened twice last year, and then it happened to Jaime Alguersuari today.

    Thanks for reading my post!


  • Comment number 23.

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  • Comment number 24.

    Murray Walker,

    Now that the new regulations have settled in, do you feel that next season will be dominated by McLaren and Ferrari?

    Many thanks.

  • Comment number 25.

    Hello Murray was just wandering your view on the Title now. Jenson Button is 15 points ahead with 3 races to go. Surely he cannot throw that away, can he?

  • Comment number 26.

    Hi Murray!

    If Raikkonen joined Hamilton at Mclaren, who do you think would come out on top?

  • Comment number 27.

  • Comment number 28.

    To Murry Walker

    I hope all is well with you. I miss your commentating on the F1 motor sport. One of my first experiences was in about 1970 when I went to Oulton Park racing circuit and saw Jackie Stewert there. I have been a few times since and drove a Formula First single seater car around there in the 1990's. I wish I could meet you and have a long chat.


    Kneale Twibell

  • Comment number 29.

    Hi Murray,

    Given global audience figures, and the spectacular Singapore backdrop at night..

    Do you think the F1 European calendar would benefit from a night race (in Monaco and/or Valencia)?

    Many thanks

  • Comment number 30.

    Hi Murray (again!)

    I've been a massive critic of Toyota during their time in F1.
    FINALLY - It was a breath of fresh air to see Timo Glock have a masterful race in Singapore.
    (I still have the hat that I was adding a dash of salt to during the race in case of Hamilton cocking up!!)
    Even though I've said they won't win a race this season, the performance in Singapore must give Toyota confidence in continuing in F1.
    However, I still think they need a driver shake-up/management restructure to take the team forward.

  • Comment number 31.

    After Rosberg accidently crossed the white line on the pitlane exit, is it about time that the stewards take into account what context the incident occurred in?

  • Comment number 32.

    Hi Murray,
    great to listen to your views as always...and i have a couple of questions for you...

    1. In the interest of safety, was the rule to ban refuelling for next season brought in as a result of so many new teams joining and - can the pit lanes in ALL the races accommodate the new teams?

    2.Why has it taken so long for teams to confirm their driver line up?
    (By the Italian GP we traditionally knew who was driving for who...)

    3.Maybe the Queen isn't partial to Formula 1, but why haven't you been called up on the Queen's Honours List? - you certainly deserve it!

  • Comment number 33.

    Dear Murray,
    apologies for the confusion.
    I know you have an OBE (which is FAAANTASTIC!)
    What I meant to say was - why haven't you been Knighted, or given the Order of the Garter?

  • Comment number 34.

    Hi Murray,

    Do you think that had Vettel won today, and the Brawns been lower in the points/out of them (or even if it happens next week in Japan) that Ross Brawn would change his mind on allowing an 'open-fight'? Surely he would rather have one WDC and a very unhappy Rubens, than neither driver as champion at the end of the year.


  • Comment number 35.

    Hello Murray,

    That was certainly an interesting race with plenty of interesting incidents and the scenery in the ariel shots was fantastic. One of the intersting incidents was that on the first lap between Mark Webber and Fernando Alonso, after which Weber was forced to let Alonso, and Timo Glock past, after gaining an advantage by driving around the outside of the circuit border. My first question to you therefore, is this; do you feel it was unjust for Webber to have to lose those places when Kimi Raikkonen, at the La Source hairpin in Spa, clearly did the same thing and gained a fairly substantial advantage with no penalty? My second question is do you think Adrian Sutil deserves a chance at Mclaren next year given a couple of solid performances lately, up until today's incident? Surely having been Hmilton's team mate previously and them being good friends it would be a good move.

    Thanks Murray.

  • Comment number 36.

    Hi Murray

    If you were asked to, what changes to the rules would you make for 2010?

    for example,

    Testing, a points system for pole and fastest race lap, a change to qualifying, cars.

    Also do you think they should have re think about banning fuel stops for 2010?

    Thank You Murray

  • Comment number 37.

    Hi Murray

    What is the point in the FIA year on year bringing in all sorts of regulations to allow more overtaking in races when Bernie Ecclestone keeps choosing circuits that have less and less (ie zero!) opportunities for overtaking? Singapore, although quite an impressive circuit, gave no opportunities to pass in anger, and even caused a crash as someone tried (Sutil trying to pass Alguersuari). Why aren't these none passing circuits removed from the calendar and tracks that allow overtaking be chosen instead? I would even suggest dumping some of the circuits that are brand new to the calendar because of this; let's face it - it doesn't do the racing or the spectators any favours!

  • Comment number 38.

    Hi Murray, what do you think about the BBC's F1 coverage?


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  • Comment number 40.

    Hi Murray,

    With Fisichella's comments about the difficulty of fitting into a new team without testing. Do you think F1 would be stronger if they allowed a small amount of testing each year? And do you think that this years testing ban has damaged the sport in the long term? (by giving talented new drivers like Alguersuari, Grosjean etc. a poisoned chalice) and making their first few race debuts a glorified practice session.

  • Comment number 41.

    Hi Murray,

    With the variation in current technology between each car being so vast this season, it makes it evener harder to tell which drivers have really shone and pushed their cars as far as the performance will allow. Based solely on the evidence of this season, which 3 drivers do you think have shown themselves to be the most naturally gifted.


  • Comment number 42.

    Hi Murray

    This might be a biased point of view as I am a huge Mark Webber fan but I was very disappointed in his penalty last night which ruined his chance of a strong race. His overtaking manoeuvre on Alonso was as I see it was a racing incident. Do the race officials expect Webber to slow down, allow Alonso to keep his position (this is Formula 1 for crying out loud), or worse Webber could have cause an accident by not avoiding contact with Alonso. Do you Murray, feel his punishment was adequate given he also had to allow Glock past, who then went on to finish in second place?

    Now I understand that Webber went outside the “race track” (even though it’s a street circuit) and that was what he was penalised for but my questions is Murray why was Raikkonen not then penalised for his “off track” adventure at the start of the Spa GP this year? He clearly gained an advantage from his alternative route and was able to move into third place, latter going on to win.

    It frustrated me last night when some good tight racing occurred and both drivers and cars were still intact, that the race official had to become involved and dictate the terms. Who knows if Webber would have finished the race, maybe some clean air would have helped his brake situation but now the championship is ever so more Buttons and the last three races a technicality. The championship could have come down to the wire, being as every bit as spectacular as the end to 2008.


  • Comment number 43.

    Hey Murray,

    This I suppose is more of a general question. But do you think that, before the 2010 season, the aero regulations need to be modified again in light of an atrocious race with little overtaking. Yes there was incident, but there was no actual proper racing, even Kimi couldn't overtake Nakajima with his KERS. The situation we've got into with processional races is quite frankly ridiculous as the new regs were supposed to improve things. Instead we've gone backwards, particularly with the development of the double diffuser.

    As a result, i'd like to welcome your opinion on whether they should be changed or kept the same.


  • Comment number 44.

    When is David Coultard going to say something positive about Jenson his so called "friend" ? i think he has become green with envy at Jensons success

  • Comment number 45.

    Why do the F1 drivers always say "For sure"?

  • Comment number 46.

    I'm not the biggest fan of F1 these days but, as a boy my friends and I never missed it. In the most part because of Murray, your wonderful commentary. You are sorely missed, one of the greatest across any sport.
    Would you ever consider doing maybe just one or two a year? Thanks for the memories.

  • Comment number 47.

    please answer me this

    If you make a mistake in the race and have to take a stop and go or a drive threw your race is about over - you would lose about 17-28 seconds and thats is to much for any car to make up
    cant they thinking of anything else than to ruin the race. yes the drivers if they do something wrong will have to be punished but the humble fans want overtaking and wheel to wheel action so theres my next question why dont we have much over taking anymore yes i watched the last race and it was great high speeds very very close to the walls etc but hardly any over taking - anyway thats my moan for the week


  • Comment number 48.

    mr walker

    is there a racing venue or circuit you havent been to and wanted to ??

    craic1off (northampton)

  • Comment number 49.

    Dear Murray

    In the interest of overtaking..(Sutil's frustration at trying to pass Alguesuari as a prime example)

    Do you think street circuits should have a limited amount of kerbs and chicanes and allow more of the barriers to act as part of the circuit?

    I ask this only because drivers will find the true racing line no matter how wide the corner is...

  • Comment number 50.

    Dear Murray

    Are you sick to death of drivers constantly wearing baseball caps wherever they go??
    I know we're in a global sponsored world but these guys aren't kids - I would hate to see Jim Clark with one, or Stirling Moss.
    Jackie Stewart got away with it because he had those large shades to go with it, but that's not the point...
    Maybe other styles of hat could be introduced - anyway, this is bugbear of mine...

    Wouldn't you like to see the laurel wreath back on the podium even with sponsors plastered all over it??

  • Comment number 51.

    Hi Murray! I like to ask a question. Will Nico Rosberg be ready for a seat at Brawn next year?

  • Comment number 52.

    Hi Murray,
    with no refuelling next season,the cars have to carry enough fuel to last the race so...

    Would you like to see a points system set of for qualifying and fastest lap of the race?

    Maybe this question has been asked before but it'll be interesting to hear your views...

  • Comment number 53.

    Hi Murray,

    Do you think the "Taking-over" group's work paid off. Lots of talk and aerodynamics stuff, and the same amount of "taking over" took place this year. Singapore was a boring race for me, just cars following each other.



  • Comment number 54.

    hi murray
    do you think that kovalinen deserves a drive next year considering how bad he has done this season and if raikkonen rejoins mclaren, who do you think will win the battle kimi or lewis?

  • Comment number 55.

    Murray - Do you think that Nelson Piquet will ever drive again despite keeping his licence in the crashgate scandal.

  • Comment number 56.

    Oops, just spotted the date when this was going to be filmed... ahem... as you were!

  • Comment number 57.

    Why did only Webber get a penalty at Singapore? Both he and Alonso went completely off the track and webber overtook when they were recovering to the circuit. Webber was alonside before the turn as well and Alonso forced him off the track. Why was only Webber penalised? If you cant overtake when you are off the track how come Raikonen did it and got away with it on the first lap of Spa at La Source with no penalty? We need a common approach.
    Do you think a rule that states if any part of a competitors car overlaps yours (using on board sensors) you cannot turn in on him and must not force him off the circuit would encourage overtaking?

  • Comment number 58.

    I Am Deluded - Coloccini for the Conference (formerly adamtoon82) wrote:


    It follows last seasons constuctors championship, the team that finishes first has their pit box at the start of the pit lane, any new teams would have theirs at the end. I am not sure how they are going to structure it with three new teams next year, presumably in alphabetical order.
    almost right, the Constructors champions have first choice of where their garrage is located and so on in order, the new teams will i assume be gieven whats left.

  • Comment number 59.

    Carlonso wrote:

    Maybe other styles of hat could be introduced - anyway, this is bugbear of mine...

    Wouldn't you like to see the laurel wreath back on the podium even with sponsors plastered all over it??
    quality idea, the french Gp could have a berry(sp?) Britain could have a bowler hat......sorry run out of ideas now, like the idea though, although if there is every a London GP they could all wear the bearskins the palace guards wear, Kimi in one of those would be worth the entrance fee


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