|Full Name:||Johannes ‘Jos’ Franciscus Verstappen|
|Born:||4 March 1972, Montfort (NED)|
|First GP:||1994 Brazilian Grand Prix|
|Last GP:||2003 Japanese Grand Prix|
|1982-1991||Karting. 1st overall in 1984 & 1986 Dutch & Benelux, 1989 InterContinental A & 1991 B|
|1992||Dutch Formula Opel Lotus, 1st overall|
|1993||German Formula 3, 1st overall|
|Zandvoort Formula 3 Masters, 1st overall|
|1994||Formula 1, Benetton Ford B194, 10 races, 2 podiums, 10 points, 10th overall|
|1995||Formula 1, Simtek Ford S951, 4 races, 0 points, Not Classified|
|1996||Formula 1, Footwork Hart FA17, 16 races, 1 point, 16th overall|
|1997||Formula 1, Tyrrell Ford 025, 17 races, 0 points, Not Classified|
|1998||Formula 1, Steward Ford SF2, 9 races, 0 points, Not Classified|
|Formula 1, Honda Formula 1 Project, Test Driver|
|2000||Formula 1, Arrows Aupertec A21, 17 races, 5 points, 12th overall|
|2001||Formula 1, Arrows Asiatech A22, 17 races, 1 point, 18th overall|
|2003||Formula 1, Minardi Cosworth PS03, 16 races, 0 points, Not Classified|
|2005-6||A1GP, Team Netherlands, 22 races, 1 win, 2 podiums, 69 points, 7th overall|
|2008||Le Mans 24 Hours, VMM Porsche RS Spyder LMP2, 10th overall (1st in LMP2 Class)|
|Le Mans Series, VMM Porsche RS Spyder LMP2, 3 wins, 1st overall in LMP2 Class|
|2009||Le Mans 24 Hours, Aston Martin Racing LMP1, 13th overall|
Few outside of motorsport circles had actually heard of Jos Verstappen when he made his Formula 1 debut in 1994 with less than 50 car races to his name.
A demon in karting, Verstappen leapt straight into German Formula 3 and won the title at his first attempt, attracting the attention of the Footwork team, with whom he had a test an set impressive times. McLaren was interested in his services as a test driver for 1994, but Flavio Briatore snatched the Dutchman at the eleventh hour.
And to continue this stellar rise, the 22-year-old found himself making his debut when JJ Lehto injured his neck before the season-opening race at Brazil. His debut would not be one to remember, for he was involved in a four-car pile-up for which he was blameless, but worse would happen when he was lucky to escape with just minor burns when his car caught fire during a pit stop at the German Grand Prix.
A fortnight later, he took his first podium at Hungary, and matched the result at the next race in Belgium when team-mate Schumacher was disqualified – they would be his only two podium finishes in a lengthy career.
Sadly, ‘Joss the Boss’ would never hit the same giddy heights, but he earned huge acclaim with a mix of bravado, demon race starts, incredible skill in wet weather, and the tendency for the occasional accident. Fans never knew precisely which version of Jos would turn up on any given weekend, but it was always fun to watch.
Spells with Simtek, Arrows, Tyrrell, Stewart and Minardi, the Dutchman showed many flashes of raw talent that simply needed better equipment and a firmer hold on the reins to achieve greater success.
Equally fun to watch in A1GP after he retired from Formula 1 at the end of 2003, Jos now runs his own karting school and manages the burgeoning talent of his son, Max, who is touted as the Netherlands next serious F1 prospect, at all of the tender age of fifteen!
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