Verstappen rules out Champ Car ride

Wed, 21 February 2007, 02:48

Former grand prix driver Jos Verstappen has ruled out racing in the US-based Champ Car series in 2007.

The popular Dutchman, who contested more than 100 F1 races until 2003, revealed recently that he was in talks with the Forsythe team, but on Tuesday he said they had not reached a deal.

On his official website, the 34-year-old is quoted as blaming “politics and money”.

“A number of teams were interested but we have run out of time for me to be prepared well enough,” Verstappen reportedly said by phone.

He lamented the bad news by reflecting that he could have “sold out” Champ Car’s new Dutch round if a team had snapped him up, “but apparently it is difficult for a driver to find a seat these days if he wants to be paid.”


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