A1 Team Netherlands have announced that Robert Doornbos and Jeroen Bleekemolen will form their driver line-up for the 2008/09 season, as they adopt a driver rotation policy for the year.
Revealing a similar strategy to the one that helped France to victory in the inaugural A1GP season, Bleekemolen will start his third season with the 'orange' team, while Doornbos is set to make his debut.
Bleekemolen will kick off their campaign at the team's home race of Zandvoort, before Doornbos takes over for Chengdu.
The drivers will then proceed to alternate for the rest of the season, much like Alex Premat and Nicolas Lapierre did with France.
With Bleekemolen having gained 42 caps, including one win, during his time with the team and Doornbos arriving with credits from Formula 1 and the Champ Car World Series, team principal Jan Lammers believes he arguably has the strongest line-up on the grid.
“Without being disrespectful to other drivers, our choice of Robert and Jeroen has given us a magnificent driving team,” said A1 Team Netherlands seat holder Jan Lammers.
“We have tried to listen to the public's wishes and preferences. Both Robert's and Jeroen's performances speak for themselves. Of course Robert has been blessed by the magic of F1, and has also done an excellent job in Champ Car, while Jeroen has performed very well both in A1GP and other series. With Jeroen's experience in A1GP and Robert's expertise both should be able to achieve good results.
“In all honesty I can say we shall start this season with ambition and confidence. As far as the rookie position in our team is concerned, negotiations are still ongoing, and we shall make further announcements soon.”
Bleekemolen, who has established an impressive career for himself since getting the last-minute call-up to replace Verstappen back in 2006, is excited about the forthcoming season.
“With better cars, better tyres and regulation changes, I think this will give us a greater chance of showing our full potential,” he said. “After last week's test I am hugely motivated and see no reason why we should not be able to be right at the front in the battle for the title this season.”