Saturday, December 26, 2009

Murray Walker

Formula One motorsports commentator, and the funny things he said...

The lead car is absolutely unique, except for the one behind it which is identical.

... the lead is now 6.9 seconds. In fact it's just under 7 seconds.

There are seven winners of the Monaco Grand Prix on the starting line today, and four of them are Michael Schumacher.

I'll stop the startwatch!

A battle is developing between them' I say developing, because it's not yet on.

And now, excuse me while I interrupt myself.

And that just shows you how important the car is in Formula One Racing.

Eight minutes past the hour here in Belgium - and presumably eight minutes past the hour everywhere in the world.

Either the car is stationary, or it's on the move.

Even in five years time, he will still be four years younger than Damon Hill.

He can't decide whether to leave his visor half open or half closed.

I can't believe what's happening visually, in front of my eyes.

I don't make mistakes. I make prophecies which immediately turn out to be wrong.

I should imagine that the conditions in the cockpit are totally unimaginable.

I'm in my usual state up here in the commentary box: high tension, heart beating like a trip hammer, whatever that is.

There's nothing wrong with the car except that it's on fire.

I've no idea what Eddie Irvine's orders are, but he's following them superlatively well.

IF is a very long word in Formula One; in fact, IF is F1 spelled backwards.

Now he must not go the wrong way round the circuit, and unless he can spin himself stationary through 360 degrees I fail to see how he can avoid doing so.

Schumacher wouldn't have let him past voluntarily. Of course he did it voluntarily, but he had to do it.

That's history. I say history because it happened in the past.

This circuit is interesting because it has inclines and declines. Not just up, but down as well.

Well, now we have exactly the same situation as at the beginning of the race, only exactly opposite.

With half the race gone, there is half the race still to go.

You can cut the tension with a cricket stump.

You might not think that's cricket, and it's not, it's motor racing.