Like Fernando Alonso, Johnny Herbert tried to find success in America’s greatest race following wins in Formula 1 – as he told us in the 9 May 2002 issue of Autosport magazine – but things didn’t go to plan
Strange, isn’t it, how we take for granted that anyone operating at the top level of their chosen sport has a passion for their endeavours, yet when they fall off the pedestal we assume they will just jack it in and live off the fruits of their successes?
Johnny Herbert is different. Excluded from Formula 1 after two barren years (barring that remarkable win at the Nurburgring in 1999) with Stewart/Jaguar, he could have slipped comfortably into at least semi-retirement.
Grand Prix Gold: 1999 European GP
But he was enthusiastic enough to swallow his pride and take up a test