Johnny Herbert has enjoyed one of the most diverse and successful careers in motorsport. His incredible career laid the foundation for a golden age of British motor racing and continues to play an involved role in the sport as a commentator for Sky Sports F1. A renowned motorsport speaker, Johnny engages audiences and gives an insight into one of the most intense and mentally demanding sports around.
Known for his exploits in Formula One and Le Mans racing, Johnny began his racing career in the mid-1980s. Winning the 1985 Formula Ford Festival, Johnny’s pace caught the attention of Eddie Jordan and together they won the British Formula Three title two years later in 1987. In 1988, Johnny was a hopeful championship contender for the International Formula 3000 championship, however, a horrific collision with barriers at Brands Hatch saw him badly break his legs and count him out from racing until 1989.
Drawing upon a huge amount of courage, Johnny returned to racing in 1989 despite the fact outside the car he could barely walk. Johnny was now racing in Formula One for the Benetton Team managed by friend Peter Collins and went on to score points on his racing return at the Brazilian Grand Prix. Johnny’s miraculous journey to overcome the adversity of injury and gain the drive and determination to return to the sport make him one of the most highly sought after motorsport speakers.
Johnny became a regular in Formula One between 1990-2000, racing for Lotus, Ligier, Benetton, Sauber, Stewart and Jaguar. In all, Johnny featured on the podium seven times, with two victories in 1995 and one in 1999. After retiring from Formula One in 2000, Johnny switched his focus to sports car racing in an attempt to recreate his 1991 Le Mans 24 Hours victory with the legendary Mazda 787B. Johnny enjoyed class leading performances in the ALMS and BTCC along with many competitive Le Mans campaigns. Johnny is a sportsman who knows how to realise ambitions and achieve goals, making him an ideal motorsport speaker for both social and business environments.
Johnny now forms an elemental part of the Sky Sports F1 broadcasting team, travelling to each race to provide world-class punditry and knowledge in a number of weekly shows alongside full coverage of proceedings on race weekends. Johnny’s colourful personality as a TV presenter relates well to F1 fans, adding his own view on highlights of the race with infectious enthusiasm and expert analytical content.
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“Goodyear and Dunlop were a big part of Johnny’s career, providing the grip for his Le Mans 24h and British Grand Prix. Now, it is Johnny’s turn to grip our audiences and support our promotional activity. He does this with his characteristic charm and candour, giving a true insight into what makes a winner tick.”
James Bailey – Public Relations and Communications Director, Goodyear Dunlop Motorsport
“Johnny’s contribution to our F1 coverage is always first class and he is a valued member of our Sky Sports F1 team. His expert analysis of qualifying and races ensures that our viewers get the very most from our extensive coverage of F1”.
Billy McGinty – Sky Sports F1 Producer
“Just wanted to say that Johnny Herbert was brilliant today. He stayed to past 5pm, was so friendly and suffered questions I am sure he must have heard many times! Although we did struggle to get him out of the F1 simulators!! Thank you so much for sorting everything out for me”
Sally – Move with Us
“I just want to thank you for a great show at Swindon. I have been an F1 fan since the 70’s and am amazed at how technical the fans can get and how good your memory is. I can’t remember what I did this morning! You said that humour was you way to cope with your horrendous injuries and still is. I had blood clots all over my lungs a few years ago humour helped me through it as well made it that way and I got through because of it.”
Chris Napier – The Wyvern Theatre, Swindon
“Just thought I would let you know how much we enjoyed the show at Stevenage on Tuesday evening and thank you for signing my Audi picture taken at Silverstone. Jackie has refused to wash her face since you gave her a quick peck on the cheek! We are Looking forward to your next Tour already!”
Keith and Jackie Green – The Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage
“We are really excited to work with Johnny and some of our most passionate fans to build what should be one of the most high-tech cars in the world, and in turn use it to push our Nismo drivers to their limits.”
Gareth Dunsmore – Marketing Communications General Manager, Nissan in Europe
“My wife and I were at your presentation at Rothes Halls, Glenrothes, Fife. What a fantastic evening we had and enjoyed the relaxed and informative format topped off with an interesting Q&A session. We’ve followed your career and genuinely believe that you had the potential to be a World Champion. Thanks for the evening – very much appreciated.”
Iain and Jayne – Rothes Halls, Glenrothes
“Thanks Johnny for doing an interview with me, and for a fantastic evening at Christchurch. It was interesting to hear all the back scene drama of the teams and the problems teams are facing this year with tyres! Formula 1 is my life and I love it, I am 15 years old and hope to work in motor sport media one day. I wanted to know how you coped after your accident and what gave you the determination to get into Formula 1 so quickly, your answer of ‘knowing you just had to get back out there and get on with it’ your drive and determination has really inspired me and helps me to push myself every day when coping with Myotonic Dystrophy.”
Luke Clifford – The Regent Centre, Christc
“Johnny was absolutely brilliant with our guests and what a nice man he is! Really pleased with him throughout the day and evening.”
Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation
“Johnny was a really nice guy, he was well received by the team and we had queues of people wanting pictures with him, so i think as a name it worked very well thank you !”
Andy Entwistle – Blackball Media
“Last night went really well thank you. Johnny is such a lovely guy and clearly bowled over our audience. He was happy to talk to everyone, sign things and even helped doing our auction! Please pass our thanks to Johnny, from the whole Scannappeal Team, Charlotte, thank you also for all your help and support, as always you make it very easy for us!”
Hannah Chard –Scannappeal