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Murray Walker | 06:00 UK time, Friday, 21 May 2010

Does the safety car affect the racing? Can anyone catch Red Bull? What did I think of Rubens Barrichello throwing his steering wheel out of the cockpit after his crash? Will any of the new teams score points this year? What did I think of the Schumacher/Alonso incident?

Watch my answers below.

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  • Comment number 1.

    Great video as ever Murray.

    I think though the argument about the Schumacher incident was did the race actually finish under the safety car, or did it just so happen that it was a race restart and by chance it was the last lap at which the safety car was going back into the pits on? In which case the overtake would have been legal.

    The green flags and lack of SC signs at the end of the race would suggest it was the latter.

  • Comment number 2.

    As ever its pleasure to hear your thoughts Murray.

    I suppose we will just have to write off the Schumi incident as we have so many other incidents caused by poor regulations.

    For my 2 pennies I want the stewards to be able to throw the regulations out the window when they are so poorly worded and give a ruling that doesn't penalise people for racing. At the worst Schumi should have been dropped back behind Alonso.

    I think its daft when poor regulations punish drivers!

  • Comment number 3.

    Murray - it was Karun's HRT (not a McLaren) that ran over Rubens' steering wheel, then the other HRT . . . and the wheel still worked afterwards!

  • Comment number 4.

    My man murray, still the greatest

  • Comment number 5.

    The movement of the safety car line is what caused all the confusion with the last lap rule.

  • Comment number 6.

    Excellent video and answers Murray! Here's one perhaps for the next installment of Q+A:

    How succesful do you think a new deal with racing in the US would be?

  • Comment number 7.

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  • Comment number 8.

    another great video murry!

    and tbh, i think the rules are quite clear on this schumacher overtake:
    If the race ends under the safety car, then on the last lap it pulls in and the rest of the cars finish the race without overtaking as if there was a safety car infront anyway. But in monaco, the race did not finish under the safety car because race control ordered it to come in on the final lap. So, the safety car came in before the last corner, so the cars were fully racing until they reached the finish line...which means that schumacher's move was legitimate.

    I hope my explanation was clear enough.

  • Comment number 9.

    why is it above the bbc to notice that the car that ran over the steering wheel was a hispanic car, martin pointed it out in the f1 forum, but jake insisted it was a mclaren and it seems to have stuck, has none of the bbc f1 production people looked at the video. There is clearly writing down the side (white) the names of the drivers, mclaren has a vodaphone red strip and wite logo! GET YOUR FACTS RIGHT!

  • Comment number 10.

    keep the videos coming Murray, you're a British institution!

  • Comment number 11.


    I think I speak for everyone when I say that formula one just isnt the same since you retired from race commentary.

    Now that you are associated with the BBC again, have you never considered commentating, even as a one off on say the British Grand prix?

  • Comment number 12.

    Hey Murray
    love your input on the Barichello steering wheel incident, especially how you also look at the incident from the drivers point of view. Murray your answering all the questions we want answered except one, when are you coming back? it's been ask'd by your fans on many occasions now, are you coming to Silverstone to commentate?? we look forward to hearing from you sir ;)

  • Comment number 13.

    Brilliant vid as always murray

  • Comment number 14.

    Thanks for the video, Murray. Always enjoyable listening to your wisdom.

    Regarding the last lap incident. I realise I'm in a minority of one on this one but I do think the rule is crystal clear. It therefore worries me that the race officials and Mercedes don't appear understand it.

  • Comment number 15.

    Great video Murray, it's great to hear your opinion on the latest incidents.

  • Comment number 16.

    Not only Rubens Barichello through his steering wheel during the Monaco race on sunday but also Jenson Button through the Tv remote control on track left on his car in qualifying on saturday. what do you make of that Murray?

  • Comment number 17.

    Just to think your still one of the greatest voices (if not the greatest or was it that fella Raymond Baxter) that this country has ever produced.

  • Comment number 18.

    The music suits you down to the ground Murray :D

    Also it still makes me laugh how you find new ways to pronounce words.

    Keep up the good work though, a great video as usual!

  • Comment number 19.

    I notice at the Monaco GP that when Rubens Barrichello had his accident due to the loose drain cover, he threw out his steering wheel in disgust, which was then run over by a following car - isn't this dangerous as surely it could have caused a serious incident ? How comes Barrichello was disciplined in any way ?

  • Comment number 20.

    There is only one voice for Fomula 1, Murray, and it is a great shame we don't still benefit from your live coverage on race day - come on BBC, sort it out !

  • Comment number 21.

    I don't think there's anything bad about the safety Car, look at the safety record in F1 over the last 10 years?. we need it, and it has to it shakes up the field and gives drivers who could of been 10 or 15 secs behind the Car in front of them back into play.

  • Comment number 22.

    Some great insight Murray, as always.

    How good will the new deal with Austin, Texas be for the worldwide popularity of the sport? Might this lead to American F1 drivers or an American team?


  • Comment number 23.

    Its funny how ruben's dangerous 'hissy-fit' gets put down to 'the weakness of human nature'. Surely an experienced & aged driver like Ruben's is mature enough not to do something so extraordinarily dangerous. Such dangerous acts like that should not be excused for any reason whatsoever.
    I cant help feeling that if that was someone like Lewis..he would have the book thrown at him, the FIA, media & his haters vying for his blood.
    Im quite flaberghasted that Murray tried to justify at the end.

    Also quite surprised that even a week later & Murray still thinks its a McLaren that ran over the steering-wheel. But thats Murray for you lol.

  • Comment number 24.

    With the design of the Redbull exhaust, should we beleive they are using it as a rocket launcher to get the extra second???

  • Comment number 25.

    I wanted to ask if you think Williams will ever challenge for race wins again? Season after season they just seem to be producing uncompetitive cars. With their pedigree of winning championships surely they should be doing better. And now the talented Nico Rosberg has gone to Mercedes - it feels like they're going backwards! Plus Cosworth on the engine front never seem to deliver a competive package - is it time the team tried wooing the likes of Renault back to the fold with whom they had so much success in the past? It's working for Red Bull at the moment and Kubica is looking feisty too after his podium finish!!

    It's great listening to your insight by the way - really miss that on the TV!!!!!


  • Comment number 26.

    being outside the uk I have to click on the sign that says here to watch from outside the uk

    so I got to watch the advertising ....but no murray

    have I been conned ...again ?

  • Comment number 27.

    I agree that the rules have to be looked at with reference to the Shuey overtake but I think the punishment on him was totally wrong It should be the team that gets the punishment not the driver in this instance and I think shuey should be allowed to be in 6th place.

  • Comment number 28.

    Hi all,

    I am the editor of the F1 blogs, as some of you may know.

    We are filming Murray Walker's next video blog with him on Monday after the British Grand Prix. So if you have any questions for him about either events at Silverstone, or anything else to do with Formula 1, please do post them here.


    Andrew Benson

  • Comment number 29.

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  • Comment number 30.

    Being an ex-Bovington camp man, will Murray be attending any of the reunions, would be nice if he gave his support to the many lads serving and gone on before us, ex-service men,and staff.

  • Comment number 31.

    Murray, you have been part of Formula One for a long while now, i would like to know if you prefer the sport with or without refuelling?

    P.S Your a real legend to the sport, and we all grately respect you =)

  • Comment number 32.

    Murray : How did you like your wild ride up Goodwood Hillclimb in the company of Mr Humphrey? You both seemed to be enjoying yourselves as you passed our marshal post outside the house!

    Anyway, the question : Do you think that Michael Schumacher's relatively poor performance this year is causing him, and his reputation, embarrassment, and do you think he will be back next season?

    Secondly : Which other retired former driver could or should make a comeback?

  • Comment number 33.

    Murray do you think that the interview with Sir Stirling Moss was handled with the right level of professionalism and respect that should be granted to a living legend. This was for me summed up by the ill informed last minute comment from Jake Humphrey that Sir Stirling had not won a British Grand Prix was both disrespectful and incorrect, fortunately Eddie Irving corrected this.

    This seems to sum up the general lack of expertise in the pre-race offer from the BBC.

    If the BBC wishes to provide the discerning F1 public with commentary perhaps thay can presuade you to return to thr fray

  • Comment number 34.

    I do not understand why commentators keep waxing lyricals about a car i.e. Red Bull in Formula 1. It's the drivers who are on the podium at the end of the race not the cars!

    All I heard about from you was Red Bull and Red Bull drivers I support our English Drivers i.e. Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button they are who I want to hear about. I know Red Bull is English but their drivers aren't, and as I have said they are the one's on the podium at the end of the race.

  • Comment number 35.

    Do you think Alonso's penalty was harsh?

  • Comment number 36.

    Hi Murray,

    I would like to ask a question for the race back in China, which was mentioned on today's broadcast.

    Back then Hamilton just cut the road to pit stops after he had passed the pit stop entrance. He just decided to go for the pits after having passed the entrance, in a move that seemed out of the blue.

    I would like to ask if this was a dangerous move and if Hamilton should have gotten a penalty.

    If you can please have a look at the incident and it would be great if this could be commented on the next race.

    Kind regards,


  • Comment number 37.

    Will Murray please give lesson's on how to commentate a F1 race to the present commentator. The present commentating is lacking passion and the man is obviously bored with his life.

  • Comment number 38.

    Hi Murray.
    The new safety car regulations that came in today were stupid. It left racers like Rosberg and Jens behing behind three or four tail-end Charlies, such that after the first lap, Nico was 5 or 6 secs behind Lewis.
    What do you think? Shouldn't they go past the sc to the back of the pack?
    And also, is Alonso as hated by the other drivers as it appears? His driving today was useless.
    Thanks, and if you didn't already know it, you are sadly missed by us fans. The man at the Beeb has no passion. You and Martin were great.

  • Comment number 39.

    Hey Murray!

    As a steward, how would you have dealt with the situation between Alonso and Kubica? Was a penalty too harsh? Should he have given back the place immediately?

  • Comment number 40.

    hello murray,in the early to mid 90's when jean alesi and gerhard berger where drivind for ferrari the car numbers where 27 and 28 even though they finished higher in the constructers championship. other cars where numbered in the order they finished.did they swap with another team or.maybe you could help thanks

  • Comment number 41.

    I think the decision today with alonso was harsh but fair that is the rules he gained an advantage if he had given the posistion back staight away he would not of had any problem and would of passed him the next lap anyway well done to lewis and jenson great job. we still miss you murray

  • Comment number 42.

    Hi Murray,

    After Sunday's race do you think that the organisers made the right decision to move the Grand prix back to Silverstone instead of Donnington?


  • Comment number 43.

    The replay of Vetel's pole position qualifying lap showed telemetry which appeared to show that his engine was reving above 18,00 rpm.
    Your comments please.

  • Comment number 44.

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  • Comment number 45.

    Hello Murray, You seem to know everything, so I was wondering why the great item called 'F1 cars battle - 1951 v 2009' shown yesterday was ruined by having music overlaid rather than us being able to hear that fantastic Alfa Romeo engine? Maybe a version will appear on the website with the music removed. I suspect you were less than impressed? Patrick

  • Comment number 46.

    Hi Murray,

    Who do you think is going to go on and win the 2010 Drivers and Constructor Championships?

  • Comment number 47.

    Hello Murray.

    Do you think that there are more racetracks being designed and built in different countries to create the "perfect" track for Racing? Many of them have not lived up to their high standards so far. For example, Abu Dhabi, Valencia.

  • Comment number 48.

    hey murray, pretty simple questions from me today :)

    - what do you think of the new track layout, and the changing of the starting position for next year?

    - also, what has been your favourite race so far this season?

  • Comment number 49.

    HI Murray,

    Do u think that if Donnington had actually built the track and facilities on time for this years British Grand Prix, It would of been up to the standard of Silverstone have managed to provide?

  • Comment number 50.

    hi Murray
    who has surprised you the most in the first half of the season

  • Comment number 51.

    Given the current testing ban in F1, do you think it would be a good idea to run a practice session on the Friday or Saturday of a grand prix event for test/third drivers to gain experience?

  • Comment number 52.

    Hello Murray! which team do you think will finish behind the "top 4" teams?

  • Comment number 53.

    Sir! You, of course, won't remember but one of my treasured memories is a talk given by you to a roomful of fellow racers at the Killarney racetrack, Cape Town around 2001. You held us all captivated for a good 2 hours! You are a born raconteur and one of my "claims-to-fame" is that I raced in my Jaguar C-Type replica the next day and you contributed to the commentary!
    Best Wishes for 2011.
    Jaguar XJ13 - Building the Legend

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  • Comment number 55.

    Hi Murray, I remember you from the Blue Peter days when they covered F1 with well made scalectric cars. I'm in my mid fifties now and I have just re-read Life at the Limit by Graham Hill after about 40 years. Is F1 going backwards, this moveable rear wing is not new, Colin Chapman employed it on the high wing of the Lotus 49b in 1968 and early 1969 before they were banned. But I must admit after China the most exciting race I have seen in a long time. It must prove that Colin was so far ahead of his time, his loss to F1 is greatly missed?


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