Tuesday, May 14, 2019
After 35 years Formula 1 returns to the Netherlands. Also because of the great hype about Max Verstappen the leadership of the motorsport premier class agreed for the time being three races on the course in Zandvoort. Full ranks in the comeback seem guaranteed.
The hype surrounding Max Verstappen makes it possible: The Dutch Grand Prix returns to the Formula 1 calendar in 2020 after 35 years. This was announced by the leadership of the motorsport premier class and the operator of the racetrack in Zandvoort. The contract will run until 2022. "Zandvoort is an iconic, historic track," said Verstappen: "I've been there with Formula 3 and have done a few show runs." The track reminds me a bit of Suzuka.
At the beginning, no information was given. However, there are many indications that the race will take place in mid-May and take the place of the Spanish Grand Prix. The contract of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya with Formula 1 has expired with the race last Sunday. The Grand Prix of Germany could take place on 28 July for the last time provisionally.
Formula One boss Chase Carey said: "We expect the number of races in 2020, like this year, to remain at 21. That means, of course, that we can not keep all the current races." Zandvoort is the second race that will be lifted by Liberty Media – since the beginning of 2017 rights holders of the premier class – in the Formula 1 calendar. Previously, the premiere of the Vietnam Grand Prix in Hanoi in April 2020 was decided.
Race track and infrastructure are being modernized
The Netherlands had a total of 32 times in Formula 1 calendars until 1985, always driven in Zandvoort, the route just outside Amsterdam. Record winner is the Scot Jim Clark with four successes. Niki Lauda won in the last edition so far, it was the 25th and last Grand Prix success of the three-time world champion from Austria.
The winding course is, however, a bit getting old. "In order to live up to the wishes of Formula 1 and the required standards of the FIA, the race track and infrastructure in some areas will be modernized until the race next year," said former Formula 1 driver and Zandvoort race director Jan Lammers ,
The community Zandvoort has already invested in advance in the infrastructure, after all, about 300,000 fans are expected for the first race weekend in the resort on the North Sea. For the full ranks will provide National Hero Verstappen. The 21-year-old Red Bull driver (five Grand Prix victories) has sparked a veritable motorsport hysteria in the Netherlands. "Max is young, fast and popular, and he's so young that he can drive for another 20 years, and every race gives us a sea of Orange fans who deserve a race at home," said F1 marketing chief Sean Bratches last.
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