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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

Races: 160

Grand Prix Wins: 3

Podium Finishes: 7

Career GP points: 98

Best Championship Position: 4th

Best starting position: 4th

 

CAREER TIMELINE

1985
- Johnny beats over 100 drivers to win the prestigious Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch

1987
- Signs for Eddie Jordan F3 team and gets the season off to a flying start with five wins

1988
- 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

1989
- Johnny returns to motor racing with F1 team Benetton, finishing fourth in Brazil

1991
– Takes victory for Mazda at the Le Mans 24 Hours alongside Bertrand Gachot and Volker Weidler

1994
– Johnny joins Ligier and then Benetton

1995
– 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

1996
– Joins Swiss-based F1 team Saube and secures two podium places

1999
– Signs for Jackie Stewart's F1 team and wins the European Grand Prix at the Nurburgring

2004
– Johnny wins the new Le Mans Series Championship

         – Wins many races in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS)

2005
– Appointed Sporting Relations Manager at Jordan Grand Prix

2007
– Enters Le Mans 24 Hours and helps the Aston Martin team secure a top 10 finish

2008
– Wins his first ever season of the middle-east based Speedcar Series

2009
– Competes in the British Touring Car Championship for the first time, racing for Team Dynamic.

2010
– Back on the top step of the podium in the Superstars International Series, driving a Chevrolet Lumina to victory at Kyalami

2011
– Becomes an F1 race steward advisor, appearing at several Grand Prix

2012
– Sky F1 Expert Analyst


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