Johnny Herbert: Malaysia will mark the end of an era for Johnny Herbert. After 12 years and 160 races in the premier single-seater racing category, the Englishman will be racing an F1 car for the final time. Last year, Johnny had one of his best...
Malaysia will mark the end of an era for Johnny Herbert. After 12 years and 160 races in the premier single-seater racing category, the Englishman will be racing an F1 car for the final time.
Last year, Johnny had one of his best ever races at Sepang, finishing third for Stewart-Ford. He's hoping that he can go out on a high by taking his first points of the season this time out.
"I had a great race in Malaysia last year so hope I will have the same this time around," he said. "It's a tough race to compete in as the track is physical and the weather is extremely humid. I hope I have a good race so I can go out on a high. It's going to be a bit emotional getting out of the car for the last time and out of Formula One, but I'm really looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead of me."
The race will also be the final outing for the Jaguar R1. It's been a tough season, but good performances in the last two races mean the team has high hopes of a good finish. "We've got to the end of a tough season and, even though it's only October, we're looking forward to next year," said technical director Gary Anderson. "We're starting afresh and are keen to get on with the job. We've got one more race to go though.
"Sepang is a very good facility and a nice place to go at the end of the year. We had a good run last year and would hope for more of the same as it would be good to end the season on a strong note so we can carry the momentum through to next year. This is our last chance for points and with Johnny leaving Formula One after this race it would be nice for him to get those points, for himself and the team. We'll certainly be giving him all the support he needs to do just that."
Last year Eddie Irvine went to Malaysia battling for the World Championship. In a controversial race, Eddie won but was disqualified only to be reinstated on appeal. This season things have been a bit different, but after a strong performance in Japan, Eddie hopes to be battling for points.
"It's been a long hard season with little to show for all the effort the whole team has put in at the circuits and the factory, so it would be good to get a reasonable result in this the final race," he said. "Last year, I had the best possible result, winning the first Malaysian Grand Prix, so I have pleasant memories of the track, although the awful humidity makes life far from pleasant. The track itself is very interesting, wider than most, with a good variety of corners and that very long straight, so overtaking is on the cards. Let's hope Johnny has a good one, as it's his last grand prix."