British former racing driver and former television pundit for Sky Sports F1, Johnny Herbert, has spoken about Michael Schumacher’s skiing accident that occurred 10 years ago and how it has impacted Formula 1.
The seven-time world champion fell victim to an accident that changed his life, which happened while skiing on vacation with his family in Switzerland on December 29, 2013.
In the week that marks ten years since the accident, his former teammate at Benetton, Johnny Herbert, now a broadcaster and F1 pundit, talked about the respect Michael had for his colleagues and how today’s drivers are experiencing the void left by Michael Schumacher’s absence.
Johnny Herbert’s comments
In an interview with Grosvenor Sport, Johnny Herbert spoke about how the German’s accident has left a significant void in the F1 paddock: “After Michael Schumacher’s accident, there was a huge void. When the accident happened, it was a big shock for everyone. He had been a fixture in the paddock for so long, winning all those races and championships,” he added.
Having dominated F1 between 2000 and 2004 alongside the Maranello team, Michael Schumacher is undoubtedly the idol of some (if not all) drivers in the current generation. Still, he was also highly respected by his colleagues, according to Johnny Herbert: “He was very respected by the group of drivers at the time, but probably also by almost all the drivers today.”
“If you ask them who was the driver they admired and looked up to when they were growing up, they say Michael. Michael was the one who inspired them to fulfill their dream of entering Formula 1,” the current broadcaster and F1 pundit concluded.