Former Sky Sports pundit ‘happy’ to spend time in media exile after refusing to compromise on 2021 season finale controversy

Sky Sports has made changes to its Formula 1 lineup for the 2023 season, with Johnny Herbert and Paul di Resta being removed from the broadcasting company.

Interestingly, Ted Kravitz has kept his job despite all the drama involving Max Verstappen last season.

Herbert, a former Formula 1 driver, was a valuable addition to Sky Sports’ coverage, having participated in 160 Grand Prix and winning three races, along with seven podium finishes.

He has been a part of Sky Sports’ F1 coverage since its inception in 2012 and has been appreciated by fans for his insights over the years.

It has been speculated that Herbert’s departure from Sky Sports was due to his refusal to adopt a neutral stance during the controversial 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, where Lewis Hamilton missed out on a record-breaking eighth world championship.

Herbert expressed his sympathy for Hamilton and criticised the FIA, while Sky Sports aimed to remain impartial on the matter.

According to The Mirror, Herbert will not be appearing on either Channel 4 or the BBC for the 2023 season.

The former Sky Sports analyst has stated that he is interested in exploring other opportunities in motorsport, but he will still attend several races.

“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,” Herbert said.

Johnny Herbert. Credit:
Johnny Herbert. Credit:

“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.”

With Herbert’s absence from F1 coverage this season, fans are hoping for his return in the future to bring his unique and entertaining perspective on the sport’s drama.

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