: "Lammers and A1GP
should also take their responsibility"
...(30/9/2006) Jos Verstappen's manager Huub Rothengatter has asked motor racing fans not to blame the Dutch driver for pulling out of the A1 Grand Prix race at his home circuit Zandvoort this weekend.
Verstappen was set to race for A1
Team Netherlands in this weekend's season opening round but announced his
withdrawal three days before the start of the event, after failing to come to terms with the team and A1 GP
payments for the new season.
As a result, Team Netherlands boss Jan Lammers has launched an unprecedented attack on Verstappen and Rothengatter
, accusing the Dutch driver and his manager of 'only caring about money'.
The comments have infuriated Rothengatter
, who in turn has gone on the record with the details behind Verstappen's decision."Basically, when people don't pay the bill, there's not much you can do, is there?"Rothengatter
in a telephone interview on Friday.
emphasized that their decision was not borne out of greed, and he
was especially upset by the fact that Verstappen was without doubt a major contributing factor to the successful sale of 100,000 tickets for the Zandvoort event.
Asked if the situation is reconcilable and whether Verstappen could still be driving this season, Rothengatter
added: "It can be resolved in a split second, when my bank manager tells me money is coming in, because I want to make it clear that the A1 GP
series is a fantastic thing.