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.
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|
|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.
Career Statistics[edit | edit source]
|Front Row Starts||0|
|Distance Raced||13.084 km (8 mi)|
|Distance Led||0 km (0 mi)|
Career Results[edit | edit source]
|Complete Formula One results|
|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|