Joseph 'Jo' Schlesser (May 18, 1928 - July 7, 1968) was a French racing driver, who was killed at the 1968 French Grand Prix after crashing his Honda RA302 which then burst into flames. Schlesser had no chance of escape and burnt to death in the wreckage. The Honda team withdrew from Formula One as a mark of respect, and did not take part again until 2006.

Schlesser had previously taken part in the German Grand Prix in a Formula Two-spec Matra.

His nephew, Jean-Louis Schlesser, is also a racing driver.

Career[edit | edit source]

Pre-Formula One[edit | edit source]

1966[edit | edit source]

1967[edit | edit source]

1968[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Two laps into the 1968 French Grand Prix, Schlesser lost control of his car. His car slid wide and into a bank, causing the car to catch fire. Schlesser was unable to free himself from the wreckage and was killed.

As a result, Honda pulled out of Formula One at the end of the season.

Formula One Statistical Overview[edit | edit source]

Formula One Record[edit | edit source]

Year Entrant Team WDC Points WDC Pos. Report
1961 Equipe Lausanne Cooper-Climax Non-championship only
Inter-Autocourse
1962 Equipe Lausanne Cooper-Climax Non-championship only
1963 Inter-Autocourse Brabham-Ford Non-championship only
Jo Schlesser
1965 John Willment Automobiles Lola-Ford Cosworth Non-championship only
1966 Matra Sports Matra-Ford Cosworth 0 NC Report
1967 Ecurie Ford-France Matra-Ford Cosworth 0 NC Report
1968 Honda France Honda 0 NC Report
  • Italics donate non-championship entries.

Career Statistics[edit | edit source]

Entries 2
Starts 1
Pole Positions 0
Front Row Starts 0
Race Wins 0
Podiums 0
Fastest laps 0
Points 0
Laps Raced 2
Distance Raced 13.084 km (8 mi)
Races Led 0
Laps Led 0
Distance Led 0 km (0 mi)


Career Results[edit | edit source]

Complete Formula One results
Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Pts Pos
1966 Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of the Netherlands.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Mexico.svg 0 NC
10th
1967 Flag of South Africa 1928-1994.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of the Netherlands.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Mexico.svg 0 NC
Ret
1968 Flag of South Africa 1928-1994.svg Flag of Spain 1945 1977.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of the Netherlands.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Mexico.svg 0 NC
Ret


Key
Symbol Meaning Symbol Meaning
1st Winner Ret Retired
2nd Podium finish DSQ Disqualified
3rd DNQ Did not qualify
5th Points finish DNPQ Did not pre-qualify
14th Non-points finish TD Test driver
NC Non-classified finish (<90% race distance) DNS Did not start
Italics Scored point(s) for Fastest Lap [+] More Symbols

External Links[edit | edit source]

V T E F1 drivers killed while racing
1952: Cameron Earl
1953: Chet Miller
1954: Onofre Marimón
1955: Manny Ayulo
1955: Bill Vukovich
1957: Eugenio Castellotti
1957: Keith Andrews
1958: Pat O'Connor
1958: Luigi Musso
1958: Peter Collins
1958: Stuart Lewis-Evans
1959: Jerry Unser
1959: Bob Cortner
1960: Chris Bristow
1960: Alan Stacey
1961: Giulio Cabianca
1961: Wolfgang von Trips
1964: Carel Godin de Beaufort
1966: John Taylor
1967: Lorenzo Bandini
1967: Bob Anderson
1968: Jo Schlesser
1969: Gerhard Mitter
1970: Bruce McLaren
1970: Piers Courage
1970: Jochen Rindt
1971: Ignazio Giunti
1971: Pedro Rodríguez
1971: Jo Siffert
1972: Jo Bonnier
1973: Roger Williamson
1973: François Cevert
1974: Peter Revson
1974: Helmuth Koinigg
1975: Mark Donohue
1977: Tom Pryce
1978: Ronnie Peterson
1980: Patrick Depailler
1982: Gilles Villeneuve
1982: Riccardo Paletti
1986: Elio de Angelis
1994: Roland Ratzenberger
1994: Ayrton Senna
2015: Jules Bianchi
See also: List of fatal accidents
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