Johnny Herbert - Photo Credit: Superstars Media

Herbert was a podium finisher at Donington last year - Photo Credit: Superstars Media

Johnny Herbert will return to the International Superstars Series grid for his home round of the series at Donington Park next weekend behind the wheel of a Maserati Quattroporte.

The former Grand Prix driver has signed to race in three rounds of the season, adding the races at Mugello and the season finale at Sentul in Indonesia to his Donington appearance.

Herbert, who is also working as a pundit for Sky Sports F1 this year, previously raced full-time in the touring car series in 2010 and 2011. In 2010 he drove a Chevrolet Lumina for the Motorzone outfit, finishing seventh in the final standings with one win at Kyalami in South Africa.

Last year he raced a Romeo Ferraris-entered Mercedes C63 AMG to sixth in the points, with a best result of two second-places, one of which came at Donington Park.

Herbert indicated he will be driving the #1 Swiss Team entry that is also being shared between fellow ex-F1 men Mika Salo and Christian Fittipaldi this season. The Maserati won both races at Donington last year in the hands of Andrea Bertolini, who went on to win the title.

“Racing in the Superstars Series last year was great and this year even more so because I will drive the Maserati I battled against so much,” he said.

“It's the same car Salo and Fittipaldi are driving in their Superstars appearances so a bit of rivalry has developed between us when it comes to the results we can get.  This rivalry is giving an extra element of competition to the racing.

“It's fantastic to race again with Superstars at Donington, Mugello and Sentul. I expect to do a lot better than last year because I will drive the Series winning Maserati.  It will be great to challenge my Former Formula 1 colleagues like Ivan Capelli, Gianni Morbidelli, Vitantonio Liuzzi (fresh from F1 – when I was FIA Race Steward).

“I'd like to invite all the British motorsport fans to the event to watch the challenge. I can't wait to see all the UK fans at Donington and I hope they root for me.”