Verstappen issues deadline in Champ Car talks

Fri, 9 February 2007, 12:25

Former F1 driver Jos Verstappen has staked his claim on a seat in the American Champ Car series in 2007.

The popular Dutch racer, who contested more than 100 grands prix until the end of 2003, wrote in his column for the Amsterdam-based morning newspaper ‘De Telegraaf’ that he is in intensive talks with Forsythe.

But Verstappen, 34, admitted that he is presently experiencing “tense days” as he waits for the green light.

He said his management team has collected the necessary money for the pay-drive, but referred to an unnamed “hijacker” who is trying to put together a last minute deal.

“No, I will not name any names,” Verstappen wrote, but it is almost certain that he is referring to countryman Robert Doornbos, who recently tested for the team.

Jos makes it clear that he wants the situation cleared up quickly and named the upcoming Champ Car tests as a sort of deadline for the Forsythe team’s decision.

“I don’t want to put anyone under pressure, but I do not want to start unprepared in what is a completely new series for me. I simply must test on all four days,” Verstappen added.


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