Johannes Franciscus "Jos" Verstappen (born March 4, 1972 at Montfort, Netherlands) is a former Dutch Formula One driver who competed from in between 1994 and 2003. Verstappen competed for the Benetton, Simtek, Footwork, Tyrrell, Stewart, Arrows and Minardi teams. He is the father of current F1 driver Max Verstappen.


Formula One Career[edit | edit source]

1993: Testing[edit | edit source]

Verstappen tested a Footwork Formula One car on September 28, 1993 at the Autódromo do Estoril alongside Gil de Ferran and Christian Fittipaldi. He set a decent lap time that would have qualified him in the preceding race on his 4th timed lap. After testing, every single team (except Ferrari and Williams) contacted him.

1994: Benetton[edit | edit source]

He eventually signed for Benetton for the 1994 season. After Benetton's driver JJ Lehto was injured in pre-season testing, Verstappen filled in the seat for the season-opening Brazilian Grand Prix. During the race, he collided with Jordan's Eddie Irvine, later triggering a multi-accident, involving Ligier's Éric Bernard and McLaren's Martin Brundle. At the German Grand Prix, a dramatic incident happened as Verstappen was about to do his 1st schedueld pitstop. Meanwhile his car was being refuelled, the fuel leaked onto the car, engulfing in flames for several seconds. Verstappen was eventually uninjured in the incident.

Verstappen collected two podiums at Hungary and Belgium. Towards the end of the season, he was replaced by the more experienced Johnny Herbert.

1995: Simtek[edit | edit source]

Verstappen was loaned out to Simtek by Benetton's team principal Flavio Briatore. After the Simtek team folded after the 1995 Monaco Grand Prix, he did some testing with Benetton and Ligier. However, he would eventually not be selected for Benetton's line-up for 1996, as Briatore instead signed Jean Alesi and Gerhard Berger.

1996: Footwork[edit | edit source]

After leaving Benetton, he signed to drive for Footwork, the team he tested before in 1993. He impressed in the early rounds, running 5th at Brazil and finishing 6th in Argentina.

During the Belgian Grand Prix, he crashed heavily due to a broken suspension, ending with a neck injury. He was replaced by Damon Hill for 1997.

He also tested for the Bridgestone Tyres Test Team, as the tyre manufacturer were preparing for their return to Formula One.

1997: Tyrrell[edit | edit source]

Verstappen went into Tyrrell for 1997. He did not score any points throughout the season, despite running 5th in Canada, due to an underpowered Ford Cosworth EDV V8 engine.

Verstappen was supposed to be retained by the team in 1998, but he was replaced by pay-driver Ricardo Rosset.

1998: Stewart[edit | edit source]

Without a drive in 1998, Verstappen tested once again for Benetton, but the team would not hire him as a permanent test driver due to lack of sponsors. He returned to the sport at the French Grand Prix for Stewart, replacing Jan Magnussen.

Verstappen did not perform as better than his predecessor due to an uncompetitive car and the team struggling to run two cars to the same level. He would be replaced by Johnny Herbert for the 1999 season, left without a drive.

2000-2001: Return to Arrows[edit | edit source]

In 2000, Verstappen returned to the Arrows team.

After the 2001 season, Verstappen re-signed to drive for Arrows in 2002, but the team dropped him in favour of German Heinz-Harald Frentzen. He almost signed a test driver contract with Sauber but he was too physically large for the car, which was smaller than its predecessor.

2003: Minardi[edit | edit source]

Verstappen returned again to Formula One in 2003 for the Paul Stoddart-owned Minardi team.

At the end of the season, he left the Italian team because he did not like driving in the rear-guard.

Verstappen was considered a replacement for Giorgio Pantano at Jordan partway through the 2004 season, but he could not fit in the car, beginning to look for drives outside Formula One.

He participated in 107 Grands Prix, achieved a total of 2 podium places and scored a total 17 championship points.

Formula One Statistical Overview[edit | edit source]

Formula One Record[edit | edit source]

Year Entrant Team WDC Points WDC Pos. Report
1993 Footwork Mugen-Honda Footwork-Mugen-Honda Test Driver
1994 Mild Seven Benetton Ford Benetton-Ford Test Driver
10 10th Report
1995 MTV Simtek Ford Simtek-Ford 0 NC Report
Mild Seven Benetton Renault Benetton-Renault Test Driver
Ligier Gitanes Blondes Ligier-Mugen-Honda
1996 Footwork Hart Footwork-Hart 1 16th Report
Bridgestone Tyres Test Team Bridgestone Test Driver
1997 Tyrrell Tyrrell-Ford 0 NC Report
1998 Mild Seven Benetton Playlife Benetton-Playlife Test Driver
Stewart Ford Stewart-Ford 0 NC Report
1999 Honda F1 Test Team Honda Test Driver
Benson & Hedges Jordan Jordan-Mugen-Honda
2000 Arrows F1 Team Arrows-Supertec 5 12th Report
2001 Orange Arrows Asiatech Arrows-Asiatech 1 18th Report
2002 Sauber Petronas Sauber-Petronas Test Driver
2003 European Minardi Cosworth Minardi-Cosworth 0 22nd Report

Career Statistics[edit | edit source]

Entries 107
Starts 105
Pole Positions 0
Race Wins 0
Podiums 2
Fastest laps 0
Points 17

Career Results[edit | edit source]

Complete Formula One results
Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Pts Pos
1994 Flag of Brazil.svg Flag of the Pacific Community.svg Flag of San Marino.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of Great Britain.png Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Portugal.svg Flag of Europe.svg Flag of Japan.svg Flag of Australia.svg 10 10th
Ret Ret Ret 8th Ret 3rd 3rd Ret 5th Ret
1995 Flag of Brazil.svg Flag of Argentina.svg Flag of San Marino.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of Great Britain.png Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Portugal.svg Flag of Europe.svg Flag of the Pacific Community.svg Flag of Japan.svg Flag of Australia.svg 0 NC
Ret Ret Ret 12th DNS
1996 Flag of Australia.svg Flag of Brazil.svg Flag of Argentina.svg Flag of Europe.svg Flag of San Marino.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of Great Britain.png Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Portugal.svg Flag of Japan.svg 1 16th
Ret Ret 6th Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 10th Ret Ret Ret 8th Ret 11th
1997 Flag of Australia.svg Flag of Brazil.svg Flag of Argentina.svg Flag of San Marino.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of Great Britain.png Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Austria.svg Flag of Luxembourg.svg Flag of Japan.svg Flag of Europe.svg 0 NC
Ret 15th Ret 10th 8th 11th Ret Ret Ret 10th Ret Ret Ret 12th Ret 13th 16th
1998 Flag of Australia.svg Flag of Brazil.svg link = 1998 Argentine Grand Prix Flag of San Marino.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of Great Britain.png Flag of Austria.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Luxembourg.svg Flag of Japan.svg 0 NC
12th Ret Ret Ret 13th Ret Ret 13th Ret
1999 Test Driver
2000 Flag of Australia.svg Flag of Brazil.svg Flag of San Marino.svg Flag of Great Britain.png Flag of Spain.svg Flag of Europe.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of Austria.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Japan.svg Flag of Malaysia.svg 5 12th
Ret 7th 14th Ret Ret Ret Ret 5th Ret Ret Ret 13th 15th 4th Ret Ret 10th
2001 Flag of Australia.svg Flag of Malaysia.svg Flag of Brazil.svg Flag of San Marino.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of Austria.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of Europe.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of Great Britain.png Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Japan.svg 1 18th
10th 7th Ret Ret 12th 6th 8th 10th Ret 13th 10th 9th 12th 10th Ret Ret 15th
2002 Test Driver
2003 Flag of Australia.svg Flag of Malaysia.svg Flag of Brazil.svg Flag of San Marino.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of Austria.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of Europe.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of Great Britain.png Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Japan.svg 0 22nd
11th 13th Ret Ret 12th Ret Ret 9th 14th 16th 15th Ret 12th Ret 10th 15th


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

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