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  Wednesday, 7 August, 2002, 14:55 GMT 15:55 UK
Arrows eye Verstappen
Jos Verstappen in an Arrows at the Hungarian Grand Prix last year
Verstappen drove for Arrows last season
Dutchman Jos Verstappen could make a surprise return to the Arrows team, his manager Huub Rothengatter has said.

Verstappen is in legal proceedings against Arrows - the team dropped him at the start of the 2002 season even though he had a contract.

But Arrows has a vacancy after Heinz-Harald Frentzen, who Arrows signed in favour of Verstappen, walked out on the team last week.

Rothengatter said: "We heard about Frentzen. There are discussions. The lawyers are looking into what possibilities there are.


There is a lot of trouble to be solved that is nothing to do with Jos
Huub Rothengatter
Manager, Jos Verstappen

"We still have legal proceedings against Arrows but when things are sorted to our satisfaction, then why not? Things can be repaired, perhaps."

Rothengatter would not rule out an immediate return for Verstappen in time for next weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix.

Verstappen is suing Arrows for loss of earnings because he was unable to find another team after his contract was annulled so close to the start of the season.

But Arrows are in serious financial trouble and their participation in the Hungarian race remains in doubt.

Arrows are seeking an end to an injunction won by the team's co-owner, the investment bank Morgan Grenfell, which prevents them securing new investment in the team.

Rothengatter believes things are moving in the right direction.

Arrows boss Tom Walkinshaw is trying to secure the future of his team
Dark clouds are hanging over Walkinshaw's F1 future

"There is so much going on at Arrows behind the scenes and there is a lot of trouble to be solved that is nothing to do with Jos," said Rothengatter.

"All sorts of actions are going on to get the things organised.

"We have been having some discussions with the team since February, when we were surprised to find out Jos was not driving. The lawyers are still speaking to each other."

Arrows boss Tom Walkinshaw is hoping to bring in new investors to solve the team's financial troubles.

But one deal with the soft drinks manufacturer Red Bull has been blocked by Morgan Grenfell.

And a buy-out bid led by former British American Racing team boss Craig Pollock appears to have gone cold.

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