The Daily Telegraph

Back of the grid

Former F1 racer lines up to pay tribute

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Former Formula One racing driver Johnny Herbert, right, and his family came to pay their respects to the late Queen and said the fiveand-a-half-hour wait “wasn’t that long”.

Mr Herbert raced in Formula One from 1989 to 2000, for seven different teams, and came fourth in the 1995 World Drivers’ Championsh­ip.

He queued with his wife, Rebecca, daughter Aimelia Hamilton, 30, and grand-daughter Elliana-may Hamilton, 3.

Aimelia said: “We only waited for about fiveand-a-half hours, so it wasn’t that long, and Elliana was amazing.

“Because of the route that it goes past, there are so many different things that it keeps them entertaine­d along the way.

Elliana had a pretty good time.

“It does sound awful when you say you’re having a nice time under such sad circumstan­ces but the atmosphere is nice, it’s like a camaraderi­e – everyone is coming together and experienci­ng the same emotions, so it has been quite lovely.”

She said that despite a slow start, by the time the queue approached Westminste­r Hall, people were having to move quickly to keep up.

She added: “All of a sudden the queue just shot off and we were almost running trying to keep up.

“It was a surge after you got the wristbands, when you’re catching up to the end of the queue.”

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