Three-time Grand Prix winner Johnny Herbert bid farewell to his long-time staff at British Sky on Instagram. The commentary team has been renewed.
For over ten years, Formula 1 fans have enjoyed Johnny Herbert’s cheeky analysis. The 58-year-old Briton competed in a total of 161 Formula 1 World Championship races between 1989 and 2000. The much-loved Briton managed to win three times – at three major races, in 1995 at Silverstone and Monza, and in 1999. at the Nürburgring. In 1995, Johnny finished fourth in the World Championship with Benetton, as a partner of world champion Michael Schumacher.
From 2012 Herbert was part of the British Sky crew covering the GP venues. Herbert developed his reputation as someone who – despite all his professionalism – could also laugh at himself. The audience appreciated that. Unforgettable, for example, how he went around the bends with Sebastian Vettel at Le Castellet 2022 in a hundred-year-old Aston Martin.
At the same time, Herbert did not hesitate to call things by their proper names. The fans loved him for that too. And Herbert always remained on his toes: It was he who showed Max Verstappen in the ongoing TV interview after the winner of the 2022 Japan Grand Prix that he had successfully defended his title. It wasn’t even clear to Max himself.
At Sky he was part of a line-up that included GP Martin Brundle, Damon Hill and Jenson Button.
In recent years, it has been noticed how the Sky team has been renewed. Former W Series driver Noami Schiff joined the team, as did former IndyCar and NASCAR driver Danica Patrick.
Johnny Herbert posted a photo of the Sky squad from 2022 on Instagram on January 25 and wrote: “I’m going to miss this team.”
Long-term colleague Rachel Brookes immediately responded: “It’s not that we’ll miss you. Thank you to my lovely ‘TV husband’. It just won’t be the same without you.”
Naomi Schiff writes: “You will be greatly missed Johnny. Working with you was such a pleasure. What a kind soul!’
Natalie Pinkham writes: “Johnny, I will always love you.”
Fans have also responded. “This is really rubbish!” scolds the user Mrwmsmith. And “gmcaf1” writes: “If they haven’t renewed your contract, then that’s a shame. You’re the only one on the team who wasn’t afraid to speak the truth. It’s an absolutely amazing decision.”
A Sky spokesperson has confirmed that Johnny Herbert will no longer be part of the Sky team from 2023.
System 1 2023
January 31: Haas F1 on the web
February 3: Red Bull Racing in New York
February 6: Williams online
February 7: Alfa Romeo in Zurich
February 11: AlphaTauri in New York
February 13: McLaren at Work
February 13: Aston Martin at Silverstone
February 14: Ferrari in Maranello
February 15: Mercedes at Silverstone
February 16: Alpine in London
February 23-25: Bahrain International Circuit
Formula 1 World Championship Calendar
05.03. Bahrain GP, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir
03/19 Saudi Arabia GP, Jeddah Corniche Circuit, Jeddah
02.04. Australian Physician, Albert Park Circuit, Melbourne
04/30 Azerbaijan GP, Baku City Circuit, Baku *
07.05. Miami GP, Miami International Autodrome, Miami
05/21 Emilia Romagna GP, Autodromo Enzo and Dino Ferrari, Imola
05/28 Monaco GP, Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo
04.06. Spanish GP, Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Montmeló
06/18 Canadian GP, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal
02.07. Austrian Doctor, Red Bull Ring, Spielberg *
09.07. British GP, Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone
23.07. Hungarian GP, Hungary, Budapest
07/30 Belgian GP, Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Spa*
08/27 Dutch GP, Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort
03.09. Italian GP, Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Monza
09/17 Singapore GP, Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore
09/24 Japan GP, Suzuka International Racing Course, Suzuka
08.10. Qatar GP, Losail International Circuit, Doha *
22.10. Austin GP, Circuit of the Americas, Austin *
29.10. Mexican GP, Autodromo Hermann Rodríguez, Mexico City
05.11. Brazilian GP, Autodromo José Carlos Pace, Interlagos *
18.11. Las Vegas GP, Las Vegas Street Circuit, Las Vegas
11/26 Abu Dhabi GP, Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island
* Sprint format