1999 European Grand Prix: The First and Last
By: Jeremy McMullen
- Johnny Herbert: Rational Nonsensical Expectations
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| When Johnny Herbert signed with the brand new Stewart-Ford Racing team many believed Herbert to have missed out on his opportunity at success in Formula One. In fact, many would see a great divide between him and the obvious number one driver Rubens Barrichello. However, on the 26th of September Herbert would show he still had some fight within and would actually be the one to earn a very important first for the team.
Herbert's Formula One career would go through something of a renaissance after a dismal few years with Team Lotus. Flavio Briatore of Benetton had hired Herbert back during the late 1980s when Herbert's good friend Peter Collins was the team manager with the team. Collins and Briatore would be about the only ones that would give the Essex man a second look after he suffered a terrible accident that would leave him in serious doubt, not just about racing, but just about being able to walk again. Amazingly, Herbert would push hard in rehabilitation and would be back in a car only about seven months after the frightening accident.
However, though Herbert would go on to score a 4th place result in his Formula One debut with incredibly sore feet and legs, the next few races would see the Briton struggle. Circuits that required heavy braking were particularly difficult as he could not apply the necessary pressure through his damaged feet. This, combined with internal politics, would lead Briatore to 'rest' Herbert, which just meant Herbert would be left without a ride for the remainder of the season.
Then would come a time in the wilderness. Besides an improbable victory in the 1991 24 Hours of Le Mans with Mazda, Herbert would flounder in Formula One with the ever-failing Team Lotus. Fighting just to get out of the team, it seemed Herbert's chances of a great career, or at least doing something special in Formula One, were all but over.
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