AUSTRALIA: Johnny Herbert, the former F1 driver and Sky F1 presenter, has revealed that he was shocked to learn that he would not be part of the broadcaster’s line-up for the 2023 season. Herbert was a regular feature on the channel from 2012 to 2022 and received a phone call in December informing him of the decision.
The 58-year-old, who has won three F1 races in his career, said that Sky F1 did not give an explanation for removing him and that he was “over it” and has moved on.
Sky F1 officially confirmed Herbert’s departure in January after he bid farewell to his colleagues on social media.
He was one of two ex-F1 drivers to leave the channel alongside Paul di Resta. Despite no longer being part of the Sky F1 team, the former F1 driver remains involved in F1 media, co-hosting his own podcast and giving his assessment of F1 via the British press.
In a recent interview with the London Evening Standard, Herbert commented on the ongoing rumours linking Lewis Hamilton with a move to Ferrari.
Herbert questioned whether Hamilton would want to move to Ferrari and whether he would be able to replicate Michael Schumacher’s success with the Italian team.
Hamilton has repeatedly stated that he sees himself staying with Mercedes for life, but the rumour mill will continue to speculate on his future.
Herbert’s departure from Sky F1 marks the end of an era for the channel, which has seen several changes to its lineup in recent years.
Fans will undoubtedly miss the insights and analysis provided by Herbert, but they can still hear his views via his podcast and columns in the British press.
As for the reason for his departure from Sky F1, only time will tell whether the F1 broadcaster made the right decision.
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