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Murray Walker to return with Honda 06 Mar 2006

Murray Walker (GBR) at the Grand Prix Party.
British Grand Prix, Grand Prix Party, Silverstone, England, 11 July 2004

After a four year absence, British commentating legend Murray Walker will make a welcome return to the Formula One paddock this year as an official ambassador for the Honda team.

Walker hung up his microphone for the last time in 2001 when he retired from the ITV-F1 commentary team. Occasional visits to the Paddock reminded him what he was missing and after a well-deserved but brief retirement, he decided he couldn't resist the draw of what promises to be the most exciting season in years.

"I'm naturally delighted to be back because I've missed the fabulous sport of Formula One that I love so much, and what better way to be doing so than with the Honda Racing F1 Team,” said Walker, now 82. “Their prospects for 2006 are looking very bright indeed, which is great news for their exciting driver line-up of Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello."

As a fully integrated member of the team, Walker will provide Honda's VIP guests with an insight into the team's progress and entertain them with his inimitable brand of Formula One commentary. The much loved star will attend half of the season's 18 Grands Prix and will make his debut when the series arrives in Europe in April.

"We are absolutely thrilled to have Murray on board for the 2006 season,” added Nick Fry, the Honda team’s CEO. “His retirement four years ago was a tremendous loss to F1 and he remains one of the best-loved characters in sport. His unfailing energy and enthusiasm is legendary worldwide and we are delighted to welcome him back to the Paddock. 2006 looks set to be a very exciting season for the Honda Racing F1 Team on and off the race track.

“Our marketing focus will be developing the team as a sports and entertainment brand and Murray will make an important contribution to that. If our testing promise translates to the race track as well as we expect it to, then our guests are in for a treat with Murray's high-octane commentary."