Walker – who first commentated in 1949 – was widely known as the distinctive, passionate voice of F1 for decades, leading the BBC’s coverage for 20 years between 1976-96 and later working for ITV.
“It’s with great sadness we share the news of the passing of BRDC Associate Member Murray Walker OBE,” read a statement from the British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) on Saturday evening.
“A friend, a true motorsport legend, the nation’s favourite commentator and a contagious smile. We thank Murray for all he has done for our community. RIP our friend.”
The passing of Walker has led to an outpouring of grief and tributes across social media, with F1 commenting: “We are immensely sad to hear that Murray Walker has passed away.
“His passion and love of the sport inspired millions of fans around the world. He will forever be a part of our history, and will be dearly missed.”
Silverstone managing director Stuart Pringle said: “It is with great sadness that I have to inform Silverstone’s fans that Murray Walker died earlier today. He was to so many of us fans of F1, the voice that epitomised the sport we love.
“Knowledgeable beyond words and with a passion that occasionally got the better of him in commentary, he brought the sport and some of its greatest moments to life in a way that ensured they remained seared in our memories for ever.
“Much will be written about the impact that Murray had on the sport and we will make a more fulsome tribute in due course, but for the time being rest in peace Murray and thank you.”
Former commentary colleague Martin Brundle said: “”Rest In Peace, Murray Walker.
“Wonderful man in every respect. National treasure, communication genius, Formula One legend.”
Reigning world champions Mercedes tweeted: “He was the voice of F1 to millions and his love, passion and positivity for our sport were unmatched. You will be truly missed, Murray Walker.”
McLaren added: “Like millions of F1 fans, all of us at McLaren are deeply saddened by the news that Murray Walker has passed away.
“He brought our sport to generations by sharing his passion and knowledge with humour and humility. Our thoughts are with all who had the fortune to know him.”
Williams tweeted: “We are truly saddened to hear of Murray Walker’s passing.
“Murray was the voice of F1 for so many, and provided commentary on many of this team’s most iconic moments.
“His passion for the sport was infectious, and never failed to make people smile.
“Our thoughts go out to his family and friends at this difficult time. We will miss you Murray and we can only sign off by drawing on one of his most legendary pieces of commentary…
“And we’ve got to stop. Because we’ve got a lump in our throat.”
Former F1 champion Damon Hill said: “God’s Speed Murray and thanks for so much. The Legend will never die.”