Discover more about Johnny Herbert
Widely recognised as one of the greatest all-round racing drivers in the history of motorsport, Johnny Herbert is among an exclusive club of British drivers to have enjoyed a successful career in Formula 1.
Johnny began his racing career in 1974, racing karts when he was just 10 years old. His talent was immediately obvious and by 1978, he was the British Junior Karting Champion. After progressing through the ranks, he moved into Formula 3 racing. Following on from a successful debut, Johnny’s speed and skill began attracting attention which lead to Eddie Jordan quickly snapping him up for the 1987 season. That year he won the British Formula 3 title and the world of Formula 1 beckoned.
“An absolutely brilliant natural talent.’
– Eddie Jordan
Throughout his incredible career in F1, Johnny was at the forefront of the sport, testing himself against some true greats like Michael Schumacher, Damon Hill and Nigel Mansell. In his decade in F1, one of his most successful results was winning the 1995 British Grand Prix, endearing himself to thousands of home fans. He competed for a number of different teams and was a popular face on the circuit.
Johnny has always been involved in all types of motor racing and he enjoyed success at LeMans 24 Hours, winning the title in 1991. Thirteen years later in 2004, he won the LeMans Series Championship showing what a talented competitor he continued to be.
Johnny has always been a massive part of Formula 1 and continues to promote the sport. He regularly makes guest appearances on racing shows, sharing his years of wisdom from inside the sport.
FORMULA 1 CAREER STATS
F1 Career: 1989 - 2000
Grand Prix Wins: 3
Podium Finishes: 7
Career GP points: 98
Best Championship Position: 4th
Best starting position: 4th
- Johnny beats over 100 drivers to win the prestigious Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch
- Signs for Eddie Jordan F3 team and gets the season off to a flying start with five wins
- Wins on his Formula 3000 debut at Jerez
– A mass pile up at Brands Hatch threatens to end his career, leaving him with serious injuries
- Johnny returns to motor racing with F1 team Benetton, finishing fourth in Brazil
– Takes victory for Mazda at the Le Mans 24 Hours alongside Bertrand Gachot and Volker Weidler
– Johnny joins Ligier and then Benetton
– Gains first ever F1 victory in front of a home crowd at the Silverstone Grand Prix
– Wins again at Monza, Italy to finish a career-best fourth in the Championship
– Joins Swiss-based F1 team Saube and secures two podium places
– Signs for Jackie Stewart's F1 team and wins the European Grand Prix at the Nurburgring
– Johnny wins the new Le Mans Series Championship
– Wins many races in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS)
– Appointed Sporting Relations Manager at Jordan Grand Prix
– Enters Le Mans 24 Hours and helps the Aston Martin team secure a top 10 finish
– Wins his first ever season of the middle-east based Speedcar Series
– Competes in the British Touring Car Championship for the first time, racing for Team Dynamic.
– Back on the top step of the podium in the Superstars International Series, driving a Chevrolet Lumina to victory at Kyalami
– Becomes an F1 race steward advisor, appearing at several Grand Prix
– Sky F1 Expert Analyst
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