‘Going to miss this team’: Johnny Herbert reveals plans following Sky F1 axe

Ex-Formula 1 driver Johnny Herbert joined the Sky Sports F1 team in 2012, the year the broadcaster acquired the rights to the sport.

It was announced on Wednesday that ex-Formula 1 drivers Johnny Herbert and Paul di Resta won’t be part of the Sky F1 presenting line-up in 2023, with the two Brits having been axed ahead of the upcoming season.

Herbert’s departure has come as a surprise to many, given that he’s been part of the Sky presenting team since the broadcaster acquired the rights to the sport in 2012.

With that in mind, he’s been a regular pundit for the channel throughout the last decade, with the current fleet of Sky F1 presenters having declared how much they’ll miss the three-time Grand Prix winner.

Herbert posted an image of the Sky F1 team onto social media, with the caption “Going to miss this team”.

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Commentator David Croft quickly commented on the post, by saying: “And we’re going to miss you too mate. You never fail to put a smile on all our faces, have had such brilliant times with you over the years.”

Pundit Naomi Schiff added: “We’re gonna miss you the most Johnny. Had so much fun with you. What a kind soul!”

Presenter Simon Lazenby also posted a heartfelt comment, reminiscing on some of the great times he had with the former Benetton driver.

“And you mate. Legend. Will never forget jumping out that plane with the US Navy and Mario-Karting in Tokyo and……the list is endless.”

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Whilst Herbert won’t be part of the Sky F1 team for 2023, he’s still planning on being at both Silverstone and Monaco this season, with the Brit also keen on going to the Le Mans 24 Hours.

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“I’m not with Sky this year, unfortunately, but there are other things I’ll be getting involved with,” he told motorsport content creator Last Lap Lucy.

“I’ll be at Silverstone for sure, and the Monaco Grand Prix. I’m hoping to get to Le Mans as well this year, because that’s going to be a big event this time around.

“I’m doing a bit of karting – not racing, just testing. My son-in-law wants me to race but I don’t really want to, but you’ll probably see me on a go-kart track near you. I’ve got various things going on. I’m enjoying things on the track and also life off the track as well.”