7. 1995 – Herbert’s first
Whoa boy, did Johnny need to be good for his first Grand Prix win. Already trailing teammate Michael Schumacher by more than 30 points heading into the eighth round of the season, the Benetton team firmly behind the German and with sights set on a championship grand slam. Starting three rows back on the grid didn’t help matters either.
Then came lap 45, the first of two high-profile collisions between Schumacher and championship rival Damon Hill that year. First and second place were out, the battle for third between Herbert and Hill’s Williams teammate David Coulthard now for the top spot. A stop-go penalty thwarted Coulthard’s efforts, paving the way for the second British winner of the British GP on the trot, and the fourth in five years.
It may have taken 74 attempts and a bit of luck, but F1’s Mr Nice Guy was finally a Grand Prix winner.