Sky Sports have confirmed that they are going to be axing fashionable F1 pundit Johnny Herbert, in addition to Paul di Resta, from their protection forward of the 2023 season.
Three-time Grand Prix winner Herbert has been a staple of Sky’s protection because it picked up the dwell rights in 2012 – however has been chopped as a part of a reshuffle.
A Sky spokesperson mentioned: “Johnny has been an integral part of our Formula 1 team since the very first season on Sky Sports in 2012.
“We will miss his humour and big personality and thank him for his energy and enthusiasm over the last 11 years. Everyone wishes him all the best for the future.”
It is known neither Herbert nor Di Resta might be changed, with Sky as a substitute wanting to make use of the likes of world champions Jenson Button and Nico Rosberg extra typically.
Herbert posted an Instagram of a promotional picture of final yr’s Sky F1 punditry crew, captioned “going to miss the team”, and plenty of of his former colleagues replied glowingly about Herbert’s time as a part of the crew.
Herbert additionally instructed motorsport content material creator Last Lap Lucy: “I’m not with Sky this year, unfortunately, but there are other things I’ll be getting involved with.
“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.
“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.”
Di Resta, in the meantime, will nonetheless be busy in 2023 along with his racing schedule, participating in each the World Endurance Championship and the European Le Mans Series.
The Scottish driver’s departure does come as a shock although, given he has crammed in for Martin Brundle as co-commentator on race-day alongside David Croft occasionally.
The 2023 season, a document 23-race marketing campaign, begins in Bahrain on 5 March.
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