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Jos Verstappen

Team Arrows
Date of Birth 04 March 1972
Nationality Dutch
Car Number 14
Marital Status Maried
Personal Profile  

Verstappen's debut in Formula1 was at Benetton alongside Michael Schumacher in 1994. He was involved in a terrifying pit lane fire in 1995, when his car and several mechanics servicing it during a pit stop burst into flame after some fuel was spilled. Fortunately the fireproof clothing worn by all concerned saved them from serious injury.

The Dutchman, who has one of the largest fan clubs in Formula1, dropped out of the reckoning in 1999 after driving 48 Grands Prix in four years. In 1997 he struggled to produce results in the difficult Tyrrell Ford, qualifying 14th in Canada, but more often than not starting from the back two rows of the grid.

He never looked like adding to his collection of 11 championship points (10 of which came in his first season at Benetton), although the best finish he managed was eighth in Monaco, despite a couple of spins. The latter stages of the season saw improved car reliability but little chance of points.

In 1998 he replaced Jan Magnussen at Stewart Ford in time for the French GP and was hoping to show some of the form from his debut season in 1994. Unfortunately it was not to be and he was left with out a race drive for 1999. During that time he tested with Honda while they were still thinking of running their own team. When this opportunity fell through Verstappen worked hard to get a drive for 2000 and was pleased to taken on by Arrows, who appeared to have a vastly improved car for the coming season.

The Dutchman showed true grit and determination in his first season back in the sport, and fought hard for the five points he evntually won. Some spins off the track during races saw him fail to collect points, but he impressed the team by earning the most points of their driver line-up, and consequently was asked to stay on in 2001 and shakedown the brand new A22 at Silverstone.

Career Highlights

Races for the Arrows team, with a best result of fourth in the Italian Grand Prix. He is 12th in the drivers' championship with 5 points.

1999 Tests for Honda Racing Development until they decide not to run their own team in Formula1.
1998 Replaces the disappointing Jan Magnussen at Stewart from the French Grand Prix. Only finishes four out of nine races because of unreliability.
1997 Drives for Tyrrell, with a best result of eighth place.
1996 Drives for Footwork/Arrows, with a best result of sixth at the Argentinean Grand Prix.

Benetton loan him to Simtek to gain experience in a less high-profile environment. The teams folds halfway through the season and Verstappen tests for Benetton and Ligier. He competes in five races, finishing 12th in Barcelona.


Begins his Formula1 career as a test driver at Benetton. When JJ Lehto crashes heavily in testing he replaces him as a race driver. Involved in a crash in his first race, with Eddie Irvine using Verstappen's car as a springboard for his own. Tow races later Lehto is sufficiently recovered to continue racing and Verstappen resumes his role as test driver. Lehto then performs disappointingly and Verstappen begins racing again from the French Grand Prix. 10 races and 10 points with his best result of third in Hungary.


Three victories in Formula Atlantic New Zealand. Fourth in the International Championship. 8 victories in German Formula3. 3rd in the Formula3 Grand Prix of Monaco. Wins the Malboro Masters Zandvoort and is named Dutch Driver of the Year once more. Invited to test an Arrows Formula1 car. 


Formula Opel Lotus champion with 10 races wins. Dutch Champion, Benelux Champion and International Nations Cup winner. Named Dutch Driver of the Year. Told by Ken Tyrrel that should he win the German Formula3 championship the following year he will be given a test in a Tyrrell Formula1 car.

1991 Tests an Opel Lotus at Zandvoort and impresses all present with his times.

Karting until 1991. Won the Dutch Junior Championship in 1984, and then 3 more times after this. Belgian Champion 125cc, European Champion Formula K and European Champion Intercontinental A in 1989.

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