Verstappen secures HMG backing

Jos Verstappen has secured sponsorship from the Holland Media Group (HMG), owner of Dutch television channel RTL, which should further his chances of an F1 drive next year. Verstappen has been strongly linked with Minardi but the Dutchman...

Jos Verstappen has secured sponsorship from the Holland Media Group (HMG), owner of Dutch television channel RTL, which should further his chances of an F1 drive next year. Verstappen has been strongly linked with Minardi but the Dutchman reportedly said he was waiting for confirmation that Minardi had closed a deal for Cosworth engines before committing himself.

The Faenza squad confirmed a supply of the Cosworth V10 units for 2003 at the beginning of this month but so far a driver announcement has not been made. Team boss Paul Stoddart has hinted recently that one driver had been secured and another should follow shortly.

Huub Rothengatter, Verstappen's manager, was delighted with the new backing: "We are extremely happy and proud with the support from HMG," he told Vertappen's official website. "It is fantastic that next to the existing sponsors a company like HMG, not one of the least, has decided to support Jos' return to Formula One. This reaffirms that Jos is still very popular."

2002 Mercedes DTM driver Christijan Albers was rumoured to be in line for the second Minardi seat although it appears reports of his signing were premature. Albers' manager confirmed there had been talks with the team but nothing had been signed. Justin Wilson is also linked with Minardi but has yet to find the necessary financial backing.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jos Verstappen , Justin Wilson , Christijan Albers , Paul Stoddart , Huub Rothengatter
Teams Mercedes , Minardi