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‘It was part of what we did’: Hill and Herbert on life and death in Formula One | Giles Richards

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Before a big weekend at Imola, the two former drivers open up about putting their lives on the line in the name of sport

There is a shared, effortless good cheer between Damon Hill and Johnny Herbert. The two former drivers enjoy an ease in a friendship informed by their shared experience in motor racing. Even the constraints of a video call do not inhibit the clear pleasure the pair take from each other’s company. Opinions, friendly barbs, wit and insight fizz back and forth.

Little wonder the pair adopted this conversational format for their new book, Lights Out, Full Throttle. It is a hugely enjoyable read as they consider all aspects of Formula One, their parts in it, its history and its future. The book unsurprisingly maintains a lighthearted tone, exemplified perhaps by chapter 13, in which the pair list their favourite F1 drivers of all time. “Damon: Johnny Herbert. Johnny: Ditto.”

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Written by Giles Richards
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