Jos Verstappen will again drive for A1 Team Netherlands in the forthcoming A1 Grand Prix season, which kicks off on home soil at Zandvoort in October.

Despite a protracted negotiation period, Verstappen, his advisor Huub Rothengatter and team boss Jan Lammers have agreed to join forces for a second season, aiming to build on a debut campaign that proved the orange-clad squad to be one of the most popular, if not the most fortunate or successful. Verstappen took one win during the 2005-06 season, triumphing on the streets of Durban, but other results were up and down despite the support of fans wherever the series went.

"Continuity and stability are essential, and the bright orange car with Jos behind the wheel proved to be a combination of success last year, so we want to keep this and extend it further," Lammers reasoned, "Both behind the wheel and in front of the camera, Jos' behaviour is pure and unpredictable - he is no media-trained robot, but someone who is spontaneous and reacts straight from the heart. That makes him refreshing and interesting but, of course, the main reason [for us asking him back] is that he can drive extremely fast!"

Before the A1 season kicks off in October, Team Netherlands will be in action with a series of demonstrations at the BP Ultimate Masters at Zandvoort, the Rizla Racing Day at Assen and through the centre of Rotterdam during the Bavaria City Racing event.

"I am very happy that we have closed the deal," Verstappen admitted, "For myself and the fans, it is, of course, great that we will start the season in Zandvoort, both next weekend during the Ultimate Masters and then, in October, for the A1 series. We all learned a lot last year and can continue working with that. I hope I can reward the enthusiasm of the crowds with good results."

 

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