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Name: Johnny Herbert  
Also Know As: John
Date of Birth: 25th June 1964
Place of Birth:
Profession: Racing driver
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Johnny Herbert
Nationality English
Active years 1989 - 2000
Team(s) Benetton, Tyrrell, Lotus, Ligier, Sauber, Stewart, Jaguar
Race starts 165
Championships 0
Wins 3
Podium finishes 7
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First Grand Prix 1989 Brazilian Grand Prix
First win 1995 British Grand Prix
Last win 1999 European Grand Prix
Last Grand Prix 2000 Malaysian Grand Prix
Johnny Herbert

Johnny Herbert driving for the Benetton Formula One team in 1995

John Paul Herbert (born June 25, 1964, Brentwood, England) was regarded by many as one of Grand Prix Racing's lost talents.

During the mid-1980s, Johnny Herbert was widely regarded as a coming man of motor racing, likened by some to Jim Clark. Winning the Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch in 1985, Herbert caught Eddie Jordan's attention, and together they won the 1987 British Formula Three title. Disaster struck in 1988, though, as Herbert, then a championship hopeful in International Formula 3000 was caught up in a major accident at Brands Hatch, badly breaking his legs in a fearsome impact with the barriers. It was an act of huge bravery that saw him back in a racing car at the beginning of 1989, despite the fact he could barely walk. Even more remarkably, he was now in Formula 1, scoring points on his debut in Brazil driving for the Benetton team, then managed by his long time mentor and friend Peter Collins.

However, Herbert's performances could not keep up that standard, and with the Benetton team under new management, he was dropped after failing to qualify for the Canadian Grand Prix. Herbert returned to Formula 3000, this time in the highly regarded Japanese series. It wasn't long before he received another call from Grand Prix racing, this time Tyrrell. From 1990 to 2000, Herbert was a fixture in Formula One, switching to the dwindling Lotus team, now managed by Peter Collins. After 3 years of frustration, Herbert left Lotus in mid 1994, joining Ligier and then Benetton for the last few races of the season. Although he failed to score any points in 1994, he was retained as Michael Schumacher's team-mate for 1995. At the British Grand Prix, he inherited a hugely popular Grand Prix win after Michael Schumacher collided with Damon Hill. He followed this in similar circumstances at Monza, finishing 4th in the championship.

After being dropped by Benetton, Herbert drove for Swiss outfit Sauber in 1996-1998, scoring two podium places. Moving to Stewart Grand Prix in 1999, he scored his third and final Grand Prix win in a remarkable wet/dry European Grand Prix. Staying at Stewart as they became Jaguar, Herbert endured another frustrating and pointless season, ending the year being stretchered off at Malaysia after a suspension failure caused him to crash heavily.

Since retiring from Grand Prix racing, Herbert has concentrated on Sports Cars, trying to repeat his Le Mans 24 Hours win of 1991 in a Mazda. The last two years have seen him as one of the front runners in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS), where he has won several events and was a challenger for the 2003 crown.

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