Justin Boyd Wilson (born 31 July 1978 in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom – died 24 August 2015 in Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States) was a former Formula One driver who drove for Minardi and Jaguar in 2003.
Prior to making his debut in 2003, Wilson encountered a number of issues, among them him being too tall to fit into the cockpit, and needing a £2 million funding to race in Minardi. He replaced Antônio Pizzonia in Jaguar beginning the German Grand Prix, and scored his sole career point at the US Grand Prix. Wilson was dropped for the 2004 season because owner Ford was not prepared to pour unlimited funds into Formula One and advised the team to sign a pay driver, and a role as a test driver for Jaguar was not materialized due to the FIA retaining a regulation for 2004 prohibiting drivers who had competed in six or more Formula One events from participating in Friday test sessions.
After leaving F1 following 2003, Wilson has competed in the Champ Car series and the Le Mans 24 Hours. He competed in IndyCar with his death happening in the IndyCar race at Pocono in 2015. On race day, August 23, Wilson was struck in the helmet by some debris that fell from Sage Karam's crashed car on lap 179, sustaining brain injuries, and was airlifted to hospital where he died the following day. It came just over a month after Jules Bianchi succumbed to his injuries sustained during the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix. As a result, Wilson became the first driver fatality in IndyCar since Dan Wheldon in the 2011 season, and the last IndyCar fatality to date.
Just a couple of months prior, Wilson had made a one-off appearance in Formula E driving for Andretti Autosport.
Formula One Career
Formula One Statistical Overview
Formula One Record
|Year||Entrant||Team||WDC Points||WDC Pos.||Report|
|2001||Benson & Hedges Jordan Honda||Jordan-Honda||Test Drivers|
|2003||European Minardi Cosworth||Minardi-Cosworth||1||20th||Report|
|2004||Jaguar Racing||Jaguar-Cosworth||Test Driver|
|Front Row Starts||0|
|Distance Raced||3152 km (1959 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|
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