Herbert rules out F1 testing role

Johnny Herbert has ruled out a role as a Formula 1 test driver next year, saying "I have no desire to remain in Formula 1 and not race."

Herbert rules out F1 testing role

Herbert will be released by Jaguar Racing after this Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix and had been linked to a Williams-BMW test seat for 2001. But the three-time Grand Prix winner says he will continue his quest to land a Champ Car drive.

"I'm flattered that Williams value my experience," he said, "but I feel that being a test driver would be a step back in my career. As far as I am concerned F1 is done and dusted."

Herbert's best chance of landing a Champ Car seat could be through the patronage of Jaguar's parent company Ford, which supplies engines to several CART teams. But with the Champ Car engine market in flux and several top teams already firming up their line-ups, the Essex man's chances may be fading. Nevertheless, he remains bullish on his chances.

"I'm confident I can land a drive in America," said Herbert. "I've done my bit in F1, enjoyed myself mostly, and now I want to experience something new. Naturally I have a price for the years I have been in motor racing - what I believe I'm worth. But I'm not being greedy and seeking a pension."

Herbert's start on Sunday at Sepang will be his 165th in F1. He made his debut at the 1989 Brazilian GP, finishing fourth, and can boast a 1991 Le Mans 24 Hours win alongside his three GP victories.

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