Johnny Herbert

Johnny Heads for Hungary to cover GP for Sky Sports F1

With the 20th anniversary of his famous victory at the 1995 British Grand Prix falling on July 16th, Johnny will be jetting off again soon to cover the next round in the 2015 Formula 1 season – this time he’s heading to Budapest in Hungary where he will report on the 10th race in the calendar for the Sky Sports F1 channel.

Following the cancellation of the German Grand Prix, there are now just 19 races in the season, creating a three-week gap between the British Grand Prix, which took place on 5 July, and the Hungarian Grand Prix.

So from 24-26 July, the Hungaroring circuit will be roaring with the sounds of the Williams, Mercedes, Ferrari, McLaren and Red Bull cars, with Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg, Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo, Valtteri Bottas, Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa all battling it out on this classic track.

Hamilton will want to capitalise on his British win, his fifth of the season, which has kept him ahead of the world championship pack with 194 points – Rosberg is on 177 and Vettel on 135. A key factor in Hamilton’s win was the timing of his tyre change after it began to rain. Williams will be hoping the rain stays away in Hungary, since their cars don’t tend to do so well in the wet.

Johnny is obviously disappointed that the German Grand Prix was removed from this year’s calendar by the FIA, the first time it hasn’t been there in 55 years, because he was really looking forward to the excitement of the Nürburgring. It’s a desperate shame that the track's new owners and promoter couldn’t reach an agreement but at least there’s hope for 2016 with 21 races planned (Azerbaijan has now been added to the list).

Johnny’s interested to see at Hungary whether Williams continues to improve because they have come on in leaps and bounds recently, giving the dominant Mercedes a good run for their money. At the British Grand Prix, Williams cars were clearly faster than Ferrari – until the dreaded rain set them back.

To keep up to date with Johnny’s thoughts tune into Sky Sports F1 every race weekend.