The Daily Telegraph

Back of the grid

Former F1 racer lines up to pay tribute


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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