Justin Wilson 2003 Jaguar portrait

Justin Wilson

Born July 31st 1978 in Sheffield, Great Britain
Website Official Site 

Pre F1
After graduating from karts at a very early age, Wilson won his first ever car race at 16 years old and took the Formula Vauxhall Junior Challenge Cup at age 17. He joined the elite Paul Stewart Racing team for the 1996 Formula Vauxhall Championship, finishing 2nd. A less successful season followed, managing only 4th place in 1997. A big breakthrough occurred in 1998 when Wilson won the inaugural Formula Palmer Audi Championship giving him a fully funded drive in the 1999 FIA International F3000 Championship with Astromega. Although he struggled in his rookie year, he gained enough experience to be a challenger the following year with Nordic Racing finishing 5th. A second season with Nordic in 2001 saw him dominate, finishing with 3 wins and 10 podium finishes, easily winning the Championship. Tests followed with Jordan and Minardi but he had a problem: he was too tall to easily fit in the car. With no F1 drive forthcoming he took part in the 2002 Telefonica World Series by Nissan and although he only finished 4th, his 2 wins and 6 podium finishes were enough to keep him in the frame for the 2003 F1 season.

F1
With an innovative "buy a share in a GP driver" program, Wilson was able to raise enough sponsorship to secure a seat at Minardi for 2003 and showed enough talent that he was brought in by Jaguar for the final 5 races to replace the underperforming Antonio Pizzonia. Reliability problems led to DNF's at the first 3 races and he ended the season with just 1 point. With Jaguar looking for a driver to bring sponsorship to the team in 2004, Wilson was dropped in favor of Red Bull backed Christian Klein.

Formula One Record

Year Team / # Starts Wins Poles F Lap Pts Pos
2003 Jaguar-Cosworth #15
Minardi-Cosworth
#18
5
11
0 0 0 1
0
19th
  TOTALS : 16 0 0 0 1  

2001 Formula 3000 Champion
1998 Formula Palmer Audi Champion
1996 British Formula Vauxhall Championship runner-up
1995 British Formula Vauxhall Junior Challenge Champion

Justin Wilson 2003 Minardi portrait


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