Team Netherlands driver Jos Verstappen endured a tough weekend of competition at Laguna Seca as he failed to pick up any points from the penultimate weekend of A1GP competition - and the Dutchman wasn't happy as a result.

The former F1 racer wasn't able to make any real progress in the sprint race, as difficult conditions, a soaked track and spins meant that the bright orange A1 Team Netherlands car had to settle for fourteenth place.

Starting the feature race from that same position, Verstappen made a superb start and immediately moved up to eighth place. After an early pitstop by the team, the safety car came out on track with Verstappen deemed to overtaken under yellow flags - picking up a drive through penalty as a result.

However as Verstappen entered the pitlane, he drove through the pitlane just over the speed limit and was given another drive through. The Dutchman came in again straight away, parked his car at the team and got out immediately - ending the race for Team Netherlands.

"It was said that I had overtaken under yellow, during the first lap of the safety car situation," he said. "As I passed the pitlane exit, the Czech Republic came out after their stop. I was next to them and went into turn two in front of the Czech Republic. I did not see any yellow flags in turn two and was very surprised that the officials decided to give a drive through. When entering the pitlane I might have been over the speed limit a bit.

"If you receive another penalty straight away, it's no use continuing the race. Next to that I suffered from ' free play' in the steering after contact with Brazil."

Team principal Jan Lammers admitted that his driver should really have elected to continue but said he could understand why Verstappen got out of the car after the two drive through penalties.

"Principally speaking, you should never give up, but under these considering what happened I can easily understand this," he said. "We know Jos is someone who has got temperament. We all think that's great with overtaking and action on the track. If something like this happens he has got the same temperament, we just have to accept this. I don't think it would have made a big difference if we would have continued the race.

"As far as the penalties are concerned we are busy checking the facts. We have to see if the data we have is correct. It will be a borderline case and of course we are leaning towards the opinion that it was just a wrong call. We first have to check this. When we received the second drive through the race was over for us. If it's concluded that the officials made a wrong decision we have to see what our options are. Maybe officials can also receive some penalty or fine if they make a wrong decision.

"The whole weekend was very difficult for us. We did not come here for this. We have to asses the damage after the weekend. It could well be much better when we head off to China."

 

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