Johnny Herbert

Date of Birth:  25 June 1964
Born:           Essex, England
Lives:          Solihull, England

Career To Date

Johnny started his motor-racing career in 1974, aged 10, in karting. Four years later he became British karting champion. Having won the British senior 135cc title in 1982, Johnny moved into Formula Ford the following season.


Formula Ford 1600


Formula Ford 1600


Brands Hatch Formula Ford Festival - 1st


Formula Ford 2000 - 1 win

British Formula 3 Championship - 4 races, 1 third, 1 fourth


British Formula 3 Championship - 1st

Johnny was awarded a test drive with Benetton for winning the series along with a place in the team's Junior Driver Team for 1988.


European Formula 3000 Championship - 8th

1 win, 1 pole, 2 fastest laps

Johnny finished 8th in the series despite missing the final four rounds as he recovered from the injuries he sustained during a serious accident at Brands Hatch.

In August Herbert was asked to drive for Team Lotus during the Monza tyre testing, greatly impressing team personnel


FIA Formula One World Championship
TEAM: Benetton Formula

Johnny finished an outstanding 4th on his debut in Brazil, and scored further points with a 5th place finish in the American Grand Prix.


FIA Formula One World Chapionship
TEAM: Team Lotus

Herbert signed as test and development driver, and competed for the team in Japan and Australia.


FIA Formula One World Championship
TEAM: Team Lotus

Johnny partnered Mika Hakkinen in eight races from the Canadian Grand Prix onwards

In addition to his Formula One duties, Herbert also competed in a full season of Japanese Formula 3000 and won the Le Mans 24-Hour race for Mazda.


FIA Formula One World Championship
TEAM: Team Lotus

2 sixth places gave Johnny two points, placing him 14th in the World Drivers Championship


FIA Formula One World Championship
TEAM: Team Lotus

Johnny's best results of the year were three fourth places. His further points finishes left him 9th in the Driver's Championship in what had proved to be a difficult year with the 107B

Grand Prix         Qualifying  Race result

South Africa       17th        retired - engine
Brazil             12th        4th
Europe (Donington) 11th        4th
San Marino         12th        retired - engine
Spain              10th        retired - electrics
Monaco             14th        retired - gearbox
Canada             20th        10th
France             19th        retired - spin
Britain            7th         4th
Germany            13th        10th
Hungary            20th        retired - electrics
Belgium            10th        5th
Italy              7th         retired - accident
Portugal           14th        retired - accident
Japan              19th        11th
Australia          20th        retired - hydraulic
                               pump drive failure


Herbert is competing in his fourth Grand Prix season with Team Lotus, again as team leader, after an extensive winter testing programme with the Mugen-Honda powered Lotus Type 107C.

Team Lotus