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Wednesday, 26 July, 2000, 21:00 GMT 22:00 UK
Jaguar's Herbert Cart-bound
Johnny Herbert
Herbert celebrates after his debut F1 triumph in 1995
Britain's Johnny Herbert will quit Formula One at the end of the current season to take up a drive in the Fed-Ex Cart championship in the United States.

Speaking at a press conference in Frankfurt, Germany, on Wednesday, the Jaguar racer said: "I have decided that I will go to the American Cart series next year.

"Obviously I've got to sign a contract for a drive, but that's what I want to do. We will know what is going on probably within the next month."

The popular Essex-born driver won his first F1 race at the 1995 British Grand Prix at Silverstone while driving for Benetton.

  F1 record
146 GPs
3 wins
7 podium finishes
98 points
A former Le Mans winner, Herbert also won the Italian Grand Prix in 1995 to finish fourth in the World Drivers' Championship, his best ever finish.

After leaving Benetton, the 36-year-old spent an successful spell with Sauber before joining Stewart-Ford in 1999.

Despite a difficult season, Herbert sensationally won the European Grand Prix at the Nurburgring to claim his third F1 triumph.

This season, however, has been a struggle for Herbert in the unreliable Jaguar, and he has failed to win a single point.

Replacement speculation

Herbert's departure now means there is a spare seat at one of Formula One's richest and most ambitious teams.

Johnny Herbert
2000 has been a frustrating year for Herbert
But Jaguar's director of international affairs, Colin Cook, told the press conference: "It's too early to speculate on who will be the second driver next season."

Despite Jaguar's caution, Scotland's Dario Franchitti is seen as the most likely replacement and has already tested with the team.

Several top drivers, notably Britain's former world champion Nigel Mansell, have gone from Formula One to Cart.

Canada's Jacques Villeneuve, currently with BAR, went in the other direction, making his name in Cart before joining Formula One.

The American series will make its debut in Europe in 2001 with races in Britain and Germany.

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