|Johnny Herbert Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 5.75 in|
|Date of Birth||June 25, 1964|
Johnny Herbert is a British retired racing driver, TV announcer, keynote speaker, racing analyst, and author. He is best known for racing in Formula One between 1989 and 2000 for teams such as Benetton, Ligier, Tyrrell, Stewart, Lotus, Jaguar, and Sauber. During that time, he won 3 Grand Prix championships and finished 4th in the 1995 F1 World Championship.
John Paul Herbert
Brentwood, Essex, England, United Kingdom
Retired Racing Driver, Author, Keynote Speaker, TV Announcer, Racing Analyst
- Father – Bob Herbert (Electrician)
- Mother – Jane Herbert
- Others – Pete (Uncle) (Owned a fun-kart track)
Johnny Herbert is represented by Champions (UK) PLC (Talent Agent) in Costock, Loughborough, Rushcliffe, Nottinghamshire, England, United Kingdom.
- 2 – Benetton Renault, Audi
- 4 – Tyrrell
- 5 – Mazda
- 007 – Aston Martin
- 8 – Jaguar
- 15 – Sauber
- 17 – Stewart
- 22 – Stewart Ford
- 25 – Ligier
- 31 – Benetton
- 45 – Team Dynamics
5 ft 5.75 in or 167 cm
75 kg or 165.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Johnny Herbert has dated –
- Rebecca “Becky” Herbert – He is married to Rebecca Herbert, a former British Airways flight attendant. They have 2 daughters, Chloe and Aimelia, the latter of whom was born in July 1992. Both of his daughters are active in horseriding, and Aimelia has shown interest in cars.
Race / Ethnicity
Due to advancing age, his hair turned ‘Salt and Pepper’.
- Downturned eyes
- Receding hairline
Johnny Herbert has endorsed brands such as Nissan.
He runs a yearly charity event called Johnny Herbert Karting Challenge.
Johnny Herbert Favorite Things
- Circuits – Silverstone, Monza, Spa
Source – Telegraph
Johnny Herbert Facts
- He started his racing career with karting at the age of 10. Even though he needed to be 12 to get a license, he “fiddled with his birth date”. Johnny was 3 ft 6 in or 106.5 cm tall and had long, curly blond hair, and was thus mistaken for a girl a lot. Not too long after, he was discovered and banned from competing until he truly turned 12.
- He raced against Prince Harry in karting when they were children and Harry won at least once.
- He injured both of his legs in a race crash in the Formula 3000 race at Brands Hatch in 1988. Despite barely being able to walk and even facing possible amputation of his left foot, he returned to racing for the Benetton team the next year but had to adjust his driving style.
- Johnny drove a Mazda 787B when he won 1991 Le Mans 24 hours endurance race. He never thought he would win and only did it to prove to people in Europe his racing career was on the upswing after the injury.
- He was Michael Schumacher‘s teammate while he raced for Benetton in 1995. Years later, Johnny often joked that in the next life he’d like to swap careers with Michael.
- During the time they were teammates and driving for Lotus (1991-1992), he and Mika Hakkinen stayed in the same hotel. One night when they were sharing a room, Johnny tried to climb into a bathtub with Mika as a joke.
- He once pinched Ayrton Senna‘s butt in public as a joke.
- Johnny once drove a rental car straight into the back of a van to announce his arrival at a race test for Sauber.
- He once performed a pole dance in a leopard-print thong for JJ Lehto and the rest of their American Le Mans Series team.
- Starting in 2012, he became a regular contributor to the Sky Sports F1 channel as a commentator and racing analyst.
- He released his debut book titled What Doesn’t Kill You: My Life in Motor Racing on January 1, 2016. The people who read the book noticed that he used self-deprecating humor as a coping mechanism for many problems he faced.
- Johnny failed English at school. For that reason, he asked his fellow British former racing driver, Damon Hill, who has a degree in literature, for help with the book.
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