Formula 1 Book Review: ‘What Doesn’t Kill You…’ by Johnny Herbert

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Published: November 3, 2016

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I bet you didn't know that Johnny Herbert once (jokingly) tried to climb into a bathtub with future Formula One world champion Mika Hakkinen while they were sharing a hotel room as Lotus team-mates.

Maybe you didn't want to know that, either, or it feels like too much information, but Herbert doesn't hold much back in his new autobiography, What Doesn't Kill You..., out November 3 from Transworld Publishers.

The 52-year-old, Essex-born Herbert has been in the spotlight since his teenage years, and the broad strokes of his life are well-known among racing fans. His promising karting and junior career was derailed by a horrific accident at a 1988 Formula 3000 race at Brands Hatch. In the midst of a lengthy, difficult rehabilitation, he finished fourth in his F1 debut at the 1989 Brazilian Grand Prix.

After an up-and-down, 12-year F1 career, highlighted by three grand prix wins (not to mention a victory at the 1991 24 Hours of Le Mans), Herbert is now an analyst on Sky Sports' F1 coverage, where his affable personality and extensive motorsport experience have endeared him to fans.



For someone who has spent so much of their life in front of a camera and surrounded by the media, you might wonder about the value of an autobiography. What more could they have to say?

I asked Herbert that question during a phone interview in the midst of his promotional blitz for the book.

Given how long he's been involved in motorsport, he said he wants a new generation to understand what the sport was like back in the 1980s—back when death, or at least the spectre of serious injury, still hung over every race. Herbert also wants readers to understand what he had to overcome to build his career.

If there is anyone qualified to talk about safety in motorsport, it is Herbert. He nearly lost his left foot in that F3000 crash and still suffers from mobility problems to this day.
Article Source: Bleacher Report - Formula 1

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