Huub Rothengatter, 1984 Huub Rothengatter, 1986

Former Grand Prix driver Huub Rothengatter will be celebrating his 57th birthday today!

After a fairly unspectacular run of form in the lower formulae, this tall Dutchman contested a total of 30 Grands Prix in the mid-1980s without scoring a championship point.

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.

After several seasons achieving not very much in Formula 2, Rothengatter finally raised the necessary funds to join the Spirit F1 team in 1984.

In mid-1985, he joined the Osella team as Toleman-bound Piercarlo Ghinzani’s replacement, and he returned to F1 once more in 1986, when Zakspeed expanded its operation to two cars.

While clearly doing little more than making up the numbers, Huub was just thrilled to play a small part on the big stage, nonetheless.

Post-F1, Rothengatter continued his association with motorsport as Jos Verstappen’s manager.

[Images via F1 Nostalgia and LAT]

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.