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Sky Sports F1 drop ex-F1 driver pundits from coverage

Sky Sports have removed two of their ex-F1 driver pundits from their broadcasting lineup ahead of the 2023 season.

From 2023, Johnny Herbert and Paul di Resta will no longer form part of Sky Sports F1's broadcasting lineup. The former F1 drivers have been an integral part of Sky's F1 coverage for several years, with Herbert forming part of the team since 2012. Suspicions about Herbert's broadcasting future arose when the 58-year-old shared a promotional image of the Sky F1 broadcasting team with the caption: "Going to miss the team." Warm responses from his Sky Sports F1 colleagues offered more hints about Herbert's fate, with confirmation of the broadcaster's decision being received by Mirror Sport . The same publication also received confirmation that di Resta would also not be part of the lineup going forward.

Long-standing Sky pundit Herbert leaves the team

Herbert is often praised for his jovial broadcasting style, and had some memorable moments during his time with Sky and F1. The three-time grand prix winner famously incurred the wrath of Fernando Alonso in 2016, whilst on air, after the Briton had previously suggested he should retire from F1. In 2022, during the post-race interviews at the confusing Japanese Grand Prix, he correctly confirmed to Max Verstappen that he was the World Champion, much to the Dutchman's bemusement. Di Resta had been part of Sky's team since 2016, contributing to the channel alongside his race commitments. Also a Williams reserve driver for 2016 and 2017, di Resta stepped back into a Formula 1 cockpit to replace the unwell Felipe Massa at the 2017 Hungarian Grand Prix.

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