Competing in perhaps one of the more distinctive liveried vehicles in the championship, Jos Verstappen endured a mixed return to top flight motorsport racing for Team Netherlands in the first ever A1 Grand Prix race weekend at Brands Hatch.

Arguably Holland's most popular racing driver, the former Formula One racer is one of the more high profile names on the 25-strong grid, although with a best of seventh place to his name in the second race following a retirement in the opening event, Verstappen's weekend was not as profitable as was initially hoped.

"In the second race we scored a seventh position but in the first race somebody pushed us off so that is why started at the back for the second race," Verstappen told Crash.net Radio . "It was a very difficult weekend for us but we learned a lot. We are making progress but we scored a couple of points, so I think the team did a good job."

Having spent the majority of 2004 and 2005 on the sidelines following his seventh season in a spaced out Formula One career, 'Jos the Boss' was certainly pleased to be back into international motorsport spotlight, particularly as he is racing for a country that has idolised him since his debut for Benetton back in 1994.

Indeed with Holland's national colour of orange appearing strongly in the 80,000 strong crowd, Verstappen's loyal army of fans were certainly urging their hero around the Kent circuit. "I am happy to be in this series because it is very good to race - it is so close," Verstappen added. "This is real racing I must say. I could see the fans because there are a lot of Dutch people here but I think they will be even more at the next race. I have a big following in Holland and I think they will come to a lot of the races."

Renowned for racing in Formula One's less successful teams such as Minardi, Arrows and Tyrrell, Verstappen was certainly encouraged by the number of entrants, as well as the level of competitveness courtesy of the near identical Lola vehicles he and the other nations are competing in.

"The more cars the better show. In Formula One you can only race your team-mate because they have the same car as you but here you have another 24 team-mates and that makes it very interesting. What I have heard so far is that people are very happy - it is a big show and this is what people want to see."

 

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