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Huub Rothengatter

Full Name:
Hubertus Rothengatter
8th October 1954 (Age 66)
Bussum, Noord-Holland
Most recent race (in database):

This tall Dutchman was a Grand Prix tail-ender during mid 1980s who brought enthusiasm and welcome sponsorship to the wrong end of the grid. Once he put his own Formula 1 ambitions aside, Huub Rothengatter managed the career of rising star Jos Verstappen.

A race winner in Formula 3 and F2

He made his Formula 3 debut in 1976 with a private March 763-Toyota. He twice won German Championship races at Zolder during his three seasons in the category – that 1978 success coming after he had switched to Rota Racing’s Chevron B38-Toyota.

Rothengatter graduated to Formula 2 in 1979 with a Docking/Spitzley Chevron B48-Hart and finished sixth at Thruxton and fifth at the Nürburgring. The team acquired a pair of Toleman TG280-Hart chassis for the Dutchman and Siegfried Stohr to race in 1980. Rothengatter’s finest race once more came at Zolder. He qualified on the front row before leading a Toleman clean sweep of the top four by winning his only European F2 Championship race when 19.02 seconds ahead of Brian Henton’s works car.

Despite that success, his was only a limited schedule in 1981 that included second at Enna-Pergusa on his first start in Chuck Graemiger’s March 812-BMW. When he returned to single-seaters it was as a GP driver.

Formula 1 with Spirit, Osella and Zakspeed

Rothengatter replaced Mauro Baldi in the one-car threadbare Spirit-Hart team at the 1984 Canadian GP. He finished eighth at Monza before his funds ran dry and Baldi was reinstated. Another half season with an Osella FA1G-Alfa Romeo in 1985 ended at the Australian GP with Rothengatter finishing in a career-best if distant seventh.

Zakspeed expanded its F1 team into a two-car operation for the first time at the 1986 San Marino GP with Rothengatter joining Jonathan Palmer for the balance of the season. The car failed more often than not in what was the Dutchman’s final year as F1’s amiable backmarker.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
1986 F1 World Championship
West Zakspeed Racing
11 (3) 0 0 0
0% win rate
1985 F1 World Championship
Osella Squadra Corse
7 (1) 0 0 0
0% win rate
1984 F1 World Championship
Spirit Racing
7 (1) 0 0 0
0% win rate
1984 World Endurance Championship 1 (1) 0 0 0 0
1983 World Endurance Championship 0 (1) 0 0 0 0
1981 European F2 Championship
Lista Racing Team
5 0 1 0
0% win rate
12th 6
1980 European F2 Championship
Docking Spitzley Racing
12 0 1 1
9% win rate
7th 21
1980 All-Japan F2 Championship 18th 2
1979 European F2 Championship
Racing Team Holland
11 (1) 0 0 0
0% win rate
18th 3
1978 European F3 Championship
Racing Team Holland
14 (2) 0 0 0
0% win rate
16th 4
1977 European F3 Championship
Huub Rothengatter
3 (5) 0 0 0
0% win rate
19th 3
1976 European F3 Championship
Huub Rothengatter
4 0 0 0
0% win rate