Former F1 driver Johnny Herbert recently reflected on Michael Schumacher’s profound influence on Formula 1, highlighting the significant void his absence has left in the sport. Herbert’s candid words underscore Schumacher’s lasting impact on both past and current drivers.
- Schumacher’s Legacy: Johnny Herbert emphasized the significant void in Formula 1 following Schumacher’s accident, acknowledging both the shock it caused within the sport and Schumacher’s influential presence.
- Influence on Current Drivers: Herbert pointed out that current F1 drivers, like reigning champion Max Verstappen, draw inspiration from Schumacher’s approach, work ethic, and achievements, using his legacy as a motivational force.
- Personal Insights: Sharing his personal experiences as Schumacher’s former teammate, Herbert offered unique perspectives on Schumacher’s dominance in the sport and his contributions as both a formidable competitor and a team player.
In a recent interview facilitated by Grosvenor Sport, Johnny Herbert, a former Formula 1 driver and a Sky Sports F1 pundit, shared his profound insights on Michael Schumacher’s impact on the sport. Herbert, who had the unique experience of being Schumacher’s teammate at Benetton, discussed the void left by Schumacher’s tragic accident and his enduring influence on today’s drivers.
Herbert stated, “There has been a huge void left since Schumacher’s crash. When the accident happened it was a big shock for everybody. He had been such a fixture around the paddock for so long, achieving all those wins and championships.” This sentiment reflects the deep impact Schumacher had on the Formula 1 community, not just as a driver but as a significant figure in the sport.
He further added, “He was massively respected by the flock of current drivers at the time, but actually probably by nearly all the drivers today. If you ask them who was the driver they looked up to and watched when you were growing up, they would say Michael. Michael was the one who drove them to achieve their dream of getting into Formula 1.”
Herbert also touched upon the dominance of Schumacher during his career, “He was a very important part of Formula 1 back then. Yes, people might have thought it was a boring period for the sport with his domination, especially when he was at Ferrari. That, though, just showed the true grit and domination Michael had at that time.”
The influence of Schumacher on current drivers is still evident today, with Herbert highlighting Max Verstappen as a prime example. “A lot of drivers in modern times still use the experience of watching him on the track to motivate them. Max is the obvious example. He has a very similar mentality because his Dad was a teammate back in 1994.”
Herbert believes that Schumacher’s approach to racing and teamwork continues to be emulated by drivers today. “I think even Jos has tried to instill a lot of what Michael was about as a driver and as a person and in the way he contributes to his team and how he worked within a team structure to get the best for himself.”
Herbert’s reflections not only honor Michael Schumacher’s legacy but also illuminate the profound impact he has had on the world of Formula 1, an impact that continues to resonate with drivers and fans alike.