Former F1 driver Huub Rothengatter is celebrating his 56th birthday today.
The Dutch-born driver contested in 30 Formula 1 Grands Prix, debuting at the 1984 Canadian Grand Prix with Spirit Honda. That he failed to achieve a championship points finish given the quality of the outfits he landed up driving for – those being Spirit, Osella and Zakspeed – is hardly a surprise.
Rothengatter – nicknamed ‘Rattengott’ or ‘God of the rats’ by Niki Lauda – was quite the entrepreneur when sourcing sponsorship, and was known to place full-page advertisements in his native De Telegraaf newspaper to attract financial backing.
Since leaving F1 after 1986, Rothengatter continued his F1 association as Jos Verstappen’s manager and seat-holder for the A1GP Netherlands team.