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Johnny Herbert joins Jordan 28 Jul 2005

Johnny Herbert (GBR) Benetton B195, takes his first GP victory. British Grand Prix, Silverstone, 16th July 1995. World © Sutton

Ex-Formula One driver Johnny Herbert has been appointed Jordan’s Sporting Relations Manager. Herbert, a former winner of the British Formula Three championship with the team, takes on the newly-created role with immediate effect.

Herbert’s position will encompasses a wide array of responsibilities relating to driver, media, partner and sponsor relations, as the team continues to prepare for its transition to Midland F1 for the 2006 season.

“It is an honour and a pleasure to be back in Formula One racing with a team I feel so familiar with,” said Herbert, 41. “Although I never drove for Jordan in F1, it still feels like a homecoming of sorts. At the same time, I am excited about my new role and look forward to contributing as much as possible as the team repositions itself as Midland for the 2006 season. Management and I have discussed plans for the launch of Midland F1 and I’m thrilled to be involved at the inception of such a dynamic and ambitious project.”

Herbert will report directly to Jordan’s Managing Director, Colin Kolles, who was delighted with the appointment: “I am pleased to welcome Johnny to the team. His experience and knowledge of motorsport will be of great value to us as we continue learning and moving forward. He is also an extremely likeable character and someone we are proud to have as a representative of our team. His involvement will add a positive dimension to every aspect of our operation and we are all very happy to have him aboard.”

As a driver, Herbert enjoyed a Formula One career that spanned 11 years with the Benetton, Tyrrell, Lotus, Ligier, Sauber, Stewart, Jaguar and Arrows teams. During that period he participated in 161 races, scored 98 points and won three Grands Prix. Since retiring from Formula One, he has concentrated on sports car racing, where he has emerged as a dominant force, adding the 2004 Le Mans Endurance Series Championship to his Le Mans victory in 1991 with Mazda.