Minardi team principal Paul Stoddart has revealed that he wants to keep Jos Verstappen in 2004.

Stoddart told Reuters: "I'm hoping that we can retain Jos for next year and we are still in negotiations.

"I think he's got a good chance of staying with us and it comes down to what he wants to do.

"Jos has got a lot left in him before he hangs up his spurs. I think he could do a lot worse than driving for us."

Verstappen joined Minardi at the start of this year, having made his F1 debut back in 1994 with Benetton. Although the Dutchman had been keen to join Jaguar, this option has now evaporated following the announcement they have signed Christian Klien to partner Mark Webber.

Whether he would opt for a second season with the little Italian based squad though remains to be seen, especially as he was disappointed by the lack of performance of the PS03. However if he wants to stay in F1 few other options remain, with only Jordan an outside possibility.

Whatever happens though, there is no doubt Jos, would be an asset to Minardi, and his Dutch sponsors would also once again, crucially help the team financially.



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