Simtek is on its last legs, the chance Simtek and Jos Verstappen would appear on the grid for the French Grand Prix at Magny-Cours are zero to nothing. It is the moment Flavio Briatore rings Huub Rothengatter former Zakspeed Grand Prix driver and manager from Jos Verstappen. If Jos would be interested to test with a couple of times for the Benetton team. Only two days after returning from Monaco
Jos Verstappen had a contract to race for the Orange Arrows team from Tom Walkinshaw. However, just before the start of the season he ditched Verstappen, while the Arrows A23 was built around him, and hired Heinz-Harald Frentzen instead. In 2003, he signed a contract with Minardi. Not the season he expected. So what would it be for 2004? Jaguar, Jordan, perhaps Sauber or stay with Minardi? We know now
Besides the stand-in drivers there is also another group. The almost stand-in drives. Why would you cover these? Well, if you see the names that appear during the research of the subject and see the story behind it. These are worth sharing! Most of the almost drives are long forgotten by the most fans. It makes it only more worthwhile to dive into these stories and uncover the full story.