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.
His nephew, Jean-Louis Schlesser, is also a racing driver.
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
Formula One Record
|Year||Entrant||Team||WDC Points||WDC Pos.||Report|
|1961||Equipe Lausanne||Cooper-Climax||Non-championship only|
|1962||Equipe Lausanne||Cooper-Climax||Non-championship only|
|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|
- Italics donate non-championship entries.
|Front Row Starts||0|
|Distance Raced||13 km (8 mi)|
|Complete Formula One Results|
|3rd||DNQ||Did not qualify|
|5th||Points finish||DNPQ||Did not pre-qualify|
|14th||Non-points finish||TD||Test driver|
|Italics||Scored point(s) for Fastest Lap||DNS||Did not start|
|18th†||Classified finish (retired with >90% race distance)||NC||Non-classified finish (<90% race distance)|
|4thP||Qualified for pole position||[+] More Symbols|