Jos Verstappen


  • Montfort, Netherlands Place of Birth
  • 4 March 1972 Date of Birth
  • 1994 Brazilian Grand Prix F1 Debut
  • Minardi Current/Last Team

Jos Verstappen began karting at age eight and soon entered national competitions. By 1984, he had become the Dutch junior champion. His success continued, winning two European titles and numerous international races in 1989. Moving to car racing at the end of 1991, he competed in the Formula Opel Lotus, where he won the European championship and received an offer to drive in Formula 3. During the European winter season, he raced in the New Zealand Formula Atlantics and in German Formula 3, he claimed several international victories, including the 1993 Marlboro Masters and the German Formula 3 championship. He is more famously known as the father of multiple F1 champion Max Verstappen.

BornJohannes Franciscus Verstappen
4 March 1972
Montfort, Netherlands

In 1994, he was hired as a test and backup driver for the Benetton team. After J.J. Lehto’s crash, he became a regular driver, debuting in the 1994 Brazilian Grand Prix where he was involved in a dramatic crash with Eddie Irvine but emerged unscathed. During the 1994 German Grand Prix at Hockenheimring, a pit stop incident caused his car to catch fire briefly, resulting in minor burns. This incident led to the rule that drivers keep their visors closed during refuels. A highlight in 1994 was his 3rd place finish at the 1994 Hungarian Grand Prix. He also had a notable crash during practice for the 1994 French Grand Prix, which led to safety changes in TV installations at tracks. He was replaced by Johnny Herbert for the last two races of the season.

In 1995, his Benetton team boss, Flavio Briatore, placed him at Simtek. Despite strong performances, he only finished one of five races due to the team’s financial troubles, which led to its bankruptcy after the 1995 Monaco Grand Prix. Afterwards, he tested with Benetton and Ligier before joining Arrows in 1996, where engine troubles marred his season. A suspension failure at the 1996 Belgian Grand Prix caused a severe crash, resulting in a neck injury.

In 1997, he joined Tyrrell-Ford but did not score any points and was dropped after the season in favour of Ricardo Rossett, due to financial reasons. In 1998, Stewart Grand Prix brought him in for the last nine races of the season after Jan Magnussen was dismissed. He also tested for Benetton that year but was not hired permanently due to sponsorship issues.

By the end of 1998, he became the test driver for the Honda Formula 1 project, working with former Tyrrell colleagues Rupert Manwaring and Harvey Postlethwaite. He tested in 1999, with plans to race from 2000, but the project was derailed by Postlethwaite’s sudden death and Honda’s shift to being an engine supplier.

In 2000, he returned to Arrows, a team beset by technical problems affecting both him and his teammates. Despite some strong performances in 2001, including a controversial incident with Juan Pablo Montoya at the 2001 Brazilian Grand Prix, he was ultimately replaced by Heinz-Harald Frentzen for the next season.

In 2002, he nearly signed with Sauber but found the car too small for him. Ironically, Frentzen, his replacement at Arrows, fit perfectly. In 2003, he drove for European Minardi, impressing with the reliable but slow car, but left after a year, unwilling to continue at the back of the grid. Verstappen competed in 107 Grands Prix, achieving two podiums and scoring 17 championship points. He went on to race for the A1 Netherlands team in the A1 Grand Prix series, winning the feature race at Durban.

Verstappen also mentored his son Max Verstappen from an early age in karting, guiding him through his journey to becoming a successful F1 driver and winning multiple Formula One Drivers’ Championships. Jos also took on the role of Max’s manager.

Jos Verstappen Formula One World Championship career

F1 Career1994–1998, 2000–2001, 2003
TeamsBenetton, Simtek, Footwork, Tyrrell, Stewart, Arrows, Minardi
Entries107 (106 starts)
Career points17
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First entry1994 Brazilian Grand Prix
Last entry2003 Japanese Grand Prix

Jos Verstappen Teammates

TeammatesInvolvementFirst YearLast Year
Michael Schumacher81994
JJ Lehto21994
Domenico Schiattarella51995
Hideki Noda11995
Ricardo Rosset161996
Mika Salo171997
Rubens Barrichello91998
Pedro de la Rosa172000
Enrique Bernoldi172001
Justin Wilson112003
Matteo Bobbi12003
Gimmi Bruni52003
Nicolas Kiesa52003

Formula One Record

YearEntrantTeamWDC Pts.WDC Pos.Report
1993Footwork Mugen HondaFootwork-Mugen-HondaTest Driver
1994Mild Seven Benetton FordBenetton-Ford CosworthTest DriverReport
1994Mild Seven Benetton FordBenetton-Ford Cosworth1010thReport
1995MTV Simtek FordSimtek-Ford Cosworth0NCReport
1995Mild Seven Benetton RenaultBenetton-RenaultTest DriverReport
1995Ligier Gitanes BlondesLigier-Mugen-HondaTest DriverReport
1996Footwork HartFootwork-Hart116thReport
1996Bridgestone Test TeamBridgestone-Mugen-HondaTest DriverReport
1997PIAA Tyrrell FordTyrrell-Ford Cosworth0NCReport
1998Mild Seven Benetton PlaylifeBenetton-PlaylifeTest DriverReport
1998HSBC Stewart FordStewart-Ford Cosworth0NCReport
1999Honda Test TeamHondaTest Driver
1999Benson & Hedges JordanJordan-Mugen-HondaTest Driver
2000Arrows F1 TeamArrows-Supertec512thReport
2001Orange Arrows AsiatechArrows-Asiatech118thReport
2002Sauber PetronasSauber-PetronasTest Driver
2003European Minardi Cosworth / Trust Minardi CosworthMinardi-Cosworth022ndReport

Complete Formula One Results

(Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

1994Mild Seven Benetton FordBenetton B194Ford V8BRA RetPAC RetSMRMONESPCANFRA RetGBR 8GER RetHUN 3BEL 3ITA RetPOR 5EUR RetJPNAUS10th10
1996Footwork HartFootwork FA17Hart V8AUS RetBRA RetARG 6EUR RetSMR RetMON RetESP RetCAN RetFRA RetGBR 10GER RetHUN RetBEL RetITA 8POR RetJPN 1116th1
1997PIAA Tyrrell FordTyrrell 025Ford V8AUS RetBRA 15ARG RetSMR 10MON 8ESP 11CAN RetFRA RetGBR RetGER 10HUN RetBEL RetITA RetAUT 12LUX RetJPN 13EUR 16NC0
2000Arrows F1 TeamArrows A21Supertec V10AUS RetBRA 7SMR 14GBR RetESP RetEUR RetMON RetCAN 5FRA RetAUT RetGER RetHUN 13BEL 15ITA 4USA RetJPN RetMAL 1012th5
2001Orange Arrows AsiatechArrows A22Asiatech V10AUS 10MAL 7BRA RetSMR RetESP 12AUT 6MON 8CAN 10 †EUR RetFRA 13GBR 10GER 9HUN 12BEL 10ITA RetUSA RetJPN 1518th1
2003European Minardi CosworthMinardi PS03Cosworth V10AUS 11MAL 13BRA RetSMR RetESP 12AUT Ret22nd0
2003Trust Minardi CosworthMinardi PS03Cosworth V10MON RetCAN 9EUR 14FRA 16GBR 15GER RetHUN 12ITA RetUSA 10JPN 1522nd0
Did not finish, but was classified as he had completed more than 90% of the race distance.



Driver Nationality Current/Last Team F1 Debut Status
German Mercedes 1991 Belgian Grand Prix F1 Legend
Finnish Toyota Racing 1994 Japanese Grand Prix Retired
Brazilian Williams 1993 South African Grand Prix Retired
Spanish HRT Formula 1 Team 1999 Australian Grand Prix Retired


Team Nationality Debut Season Status
Benetton British, Italian 1986 Historic
Footwork Arrows British 1991 Historic
Tyrrell British 1970 Historic
Stewart Grand Prix British 1997 Historic
Arrows British 1978 Historic
Minardi Italian 1985 Historic