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
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.
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 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.
He also tested for the Bridgestone Tyres Test Team, as the tyre manufacturer were preparing for their return to Formula One.
Verstappen was supposed to be retained by the team in 1998, but he was replaced by pay-driver Ricardo Rosset.
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
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.
At the end of the season, he left the Italian team because he did not like driving in the rear-guard.
He participated in 107 Grands Prix, achieved a total of 2 podium places and scored a total 17 championship points.
Formula One Statistical Overview
Formula One Record
|Year||Entrant||Team||WDC Pts.||WDC Pos.||Report|
|1993||Footwork Mugen Honda||Footwork-Mugen-Honda||Test Driver|
|1994||Mild Seven Benetton Ford||Benetton-Ford Cosworth||Test Driver||Report|
|1995||MTV Simtek Ford||Simtek-Ford Cosworth||0||NC||Report|
|Mild Seven Benetton Renault||Benetton-Renault||Test Driver|
|Ligier Gitanes Blondes||Ligier-Mugen-Honda|
|Bridgestone Test Team||Bridgestone-Mugen-Honda||Test Driver|
|1997||PIAA Tyrrell Ford||Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth||0||NC||Report|
|1998||Mild Seven Benetton Playlife||Benetton-Playlife||Test Driver||Report|
|HSBC Stewart Ford||Stewart-Ford Cosworth||0||NC|
|1999||Honda 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
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|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|
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