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Murray Walker | 17:00 UK time, Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Hello everybody

This week we have a double helping of discussion, with both the Barcelona and Monaco races up for debate.

Since the last blog, McLaren's Jenson Button has seen his title challenge splutter and lose some of its fluency, while at the same time Red Bull's Mark Webber has discovered the golden touch, with two successive wins putting him top of the championship standings.

And after an unsteady start, Mercedes' Michael Schumacher seems to be rediscovering his form and silencing some of his doubters.

Here are my thoughts on what has been happening lately, and what I think might happen next. Any questions you have about these races or Formula One in general, please post them below.

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  • Comment number 1.

    Great video Murray as always

  • Comment number 2.

    Cheers Murray, hope to see you again after Turkey!

  • Comment number 3.

    Brilliant video, as always Murray.

  • Comment number 4.

    It's great to see you still commenting on F1 Murry. Whenever I think of F1 I hear your voice at the start of a race saying "and their off !" You are a legend and this video insight is as excellent as always. Thank you.

  • Comment number 5.

    Great video as ever Murray! Not sure if you want questions now, but here's one anyway if you want it (it's a bit of an obvious question):

    Do you think the penalty given to Schumacher was the correct decision? And do you think Damon Hill took it as an opportunity to get some revenge on his former rival?

    I'm certainly not the biggest fan of schumacher, I'm mainly a mclaren fan, but I think it was just a ridiculous decision. He broke no rules whatsoever. If the race WAS ending under the safety car (which is what the stewards have said had happened), then even after the safety car went back into the pits there should have still been safety card boards out and yellow flags out. Neither of these were on display and the green flags were being waved which would seem to suggest that it was just a normal race restart, it just so happened that it was going to happen on the final lap.

  • Comment number 6.

    Cheers Murray, on top form as always!!!

  • Comment number 7.

    Murray I'm on my knees right now...please please come back and commentate just one last time at this year's Silverstone GP...I'm sure your old mate Martin won't mind sharing his mike with you :-)

  • Comment number 8.

    I agree with Bernies Protege but it's all in the hands of BBC and I guess we should savour these Murray moments while they last!

    None of us will be around for ever and I'm delighted that you've kept your oar in the F1 paddock Murray. We, as F1 fans all value your humble and enthusiastic opinion!

    Thanks Murray, keep that petrol tank topped up for a while yet, if you can!

    Matt, beloved F1 fan since 1998

  • Comment number 9.

    Priceless as usual! Always great to see you Murray! :)

  • Comment number 10.

    Great round up Murray. The die has been cast in the great Monaco last corner overtake event. Guess what? A red car won the argument but this time without Micheal at the wheel.
    I really feel for Damon on this because I'm sure despite all the intrigue he would of said as a racer he would of done the same.
    Micheal has had me spitting venom in years gone past but this time I agree with his oportunistic move. Full marks to him.
    Do drivers have to race with a rule book in their lap nowadays?
    It should of been seen as a grey area and moved Micheal back to 7th to keep the racer spirit alive.

  • Comment number 11.

    hi Murray, once again you tell it how it is, without any biased whatsoever, a rare thing these days, only you and Martin Brundle speak the truth in my opinion. I would once again like to echo other peoples call for you to return to the commentary box for one grand prix.... preferably the british grand prix pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease. this years a great year to come back don't you think?. We miss your commentary Murray :)

  • Comment number 12.

    Nice one Murray. Pure gold as always..

  • Comment number 13.

    Hey Murray, heres a question for you....

    Do you think the Lotus cars will be able to match the pace of the Sauber's or even the Toro Rosso's by the end of the season?

    Thanks Murry, and a great review as always!

  • Comment number 14.

    @5 I think Schumi just fell foul of badly written regulations, mixed in with a bit of common sense about not wanting to set a dangerous precedent. I think the FIA doesn't want to see potentially 23 drivers launching banzai overtaking moves on the last lap of a GP.

    That said there should be a mechanism in the rules that allows them to not punish drivers for racing in the grey areas whilst still allowing the regulations to be improved. Retroactively punishing drivers simply because of bad regulations is a farce!

  • Comment number 15.

    Brilliant as always Murray, and got to say all true fans on this page.
    Have a great day Murray, and f1 fans. Stevi

  • Comment number 16.

    I've been watching Murray since the 70's - be it infamous RallyCross commentaries or F1 - and he is like comfort food to me, a real security blanket. Those dulcet tones and sometimes over enthusiasm make it, for me, just perfect and this latest wrap-up is beautifully done in a very satisfactory "Walkerish" way. May you live to be 150.

  • Comment number 17.

    Schumacher - easy to see it is a borderline judgement case. But how can anyone justify the action based on the flags & boards *after* the 1st safety car line? Schumacher pounced within inches of the line - so it certainly wasn't a case of him having passed vast swathes of green flags. He wouldn't have passed a *single* flag because he was mentally making his move before he even rounded Rascasse.

  • Comment number 18.

    Team Orders
    I agree Murray, they'll always be there. And another example was in a different race, Le Mans, where Audi proudly gave a procession for over half an hour with three cars.
    Murray my question: are the rules for Le Mans and F1 different re team orders? The FIA surely oversees both, so a question of consistency?

  • Comment number 19.

    The law requires the BBC to video for partially sighted, deff and other impaired people.

    Text will eventually be withdrawn for legal reasons.Clearly you should make all efforts to embrace this change which is really a step forward in media..


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