Johnny Herbert


  • Brentwood, Essex, England Place of Birth
  • 25 June 1964 Date of Birth
  • 1989 Brazilian Grand Prix F1 Debut
  • Jaguar Current/Last Team

Despite suffering severe leg injuries in a major Formula 3000 accident at Brands Hatch in 1988, Johnny Herbert made his debut in Formula 1 with Benetton for the 1989 season.

BornJohn Paul Herbert
25 June 1964
Brentwood, Essex, England

Herbert then joined Lotus in 1990, where the cars were generally less competitive. He also showcased his skills in sports car racing, clinching a victory at the 1991 Le Mans 24 Hours with Mazda’s unique, rotary-engined 787B, alongside Bertrand Gachot and Volker Weidler.

By 1994, financial troubles had escalated at Team Lotus, leading to the team’s receivership after the 1994 Italian Grand Prix, and Herbert’s contract was sold. He returned to Benetton for a full season in 1995.

That year, Herbert was in a position to win when his teammate Michael Schumacher collided with rival Damon Hill at both Silverstone and Monza. However, he soon realised that within Benetton, information predominantly flowed towards Schumacher, and he was let go at the end of the season.

Herbert moved to Sauber in 1996, where he achieved sporadic points and podiums. In 1999, joining the improving Stewart team, he capitalised on variable weather conditions at the 1999 European Grand Prix to secure the team’s first—and his last—win. Over the winter, Stewart transitioned into Jaguar, and Herbert endured a challenging year as the team’s performance waned.

Herbert left Formula 1 at the end of that year and returned to sports car racing, achieving further success with victories at the 2002 Sebring 12 Hours and the 2004 Le Mans Series with Audi. He also participated in Sky’s F1 broadcast coverage.

Johnny Herbert Formula One World Championship career

F1 Career1989–2000
TeamsBenetton, Tyrrell, Lotus, Ligier, Sauber, Stewart, Jaguar
Entries165 (160 starts)
Career points98
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First entry1989 Brazilian Grand Prix
First win1995 British Grand Prix
Last win1999 European Grand Prix
Last entry2000 Malaysian Grand Prix



Driver Nationality Current/Last Team F1 Debut Status
British Team Lotus 1981 San Marino Grand Prix Retired
Finnish McLaren 1991 United States Grand Prix F1 Legend
French Toyota Racing 1994 Brazilian Grand Prix Retired
German Mercedes 1991 Belgian Grand Prix F1 Legend
German Arrows 1994 Brazilian Grand Prix Retired
French Jordan Grand Prix 1989 French Grand Prix Retired
Brazilian Williams 1993 South African Grand Prix Retired
British Jaguar 1993 Japanese Grand Prix Retired


Team Nationality Debut Season Status
Benetton British, Italian 1986 Historic
Tyrrell British 1970 Historic
Team Lotus British 1958 Historic
Ligier French 1976 Historic
Sauber Swiss 1993 Current
Stewart Grand Prix British 1997 Historic
Jaguar British 2000 Historic