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F1: Dutch Grand Prix to return to the calendar

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The Dutch Grand Prix will return to the Formula 1 calendar next year after a 35 year hiatus.

Organisers have announced that an agreement has been reached for the race to be held at Zandvoort and it will run for at least three years..

The circuit last held a race in 1985 but it has undergone significant changes since the last Grand Prix. It is now a shortened 2.68 mile circuit with 19 corners. Its tight and narrow circuit previously held Moto GP races until the series switched to TT Assen in 2010.

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Speaking of the announcement, CEO of Formula 1, Chase Carey said: “We are particularly pleased to announce that Formula 1 is returning to race in the Netherlands, at the Zandvoort track.”

“In recent years, we’ve seen a resurgence of interest in Formula 1 in Holland, mainly due to the enthusiastic support for the talented Max Verstappen, as seen from the sea of orange at so many races. No doubt this will be the dominant colour in the Zandvoort grandstands next year.”

Zandvoort is the second new track to be added to the calendar for 2020 with Liberty Media having already announced that Vietnam will host a race next year.

The Dutch Grand Prix has been earmarked for a return to Formula 1 since 2018. The success of Max Verstappen has generated a lot of interest in the country and organisers have been looking to capitalise on it.

In order for the race to take place the circuit will need to undergo some amendments. Jan Lammers the DGP Sporting Director commented: “To meet the wishes of Formula 1 and the required standards of the FIA the circuit and infrastructure will be modernized within a few areas, with the work completed well ahead of the race in 2020.”

“In addition, the municipality of Zandvoort has recently invested heavily to improve access to the municipality and the circuit.”

Five races are currently out of contract at the end of the year. Britain, Germany, Italy, Spain and Mexico all ending after this season and it is understood that two of these contracts will not be renewed in order to keep the schedule at 21 races..

Formula 1 and the Automobile Club of Italy announced at the end of April that they have agreed in principle for Monza to retain its Grand Prix until 2024.

There had been reports that Silverstone had agreed an extension for the British Grand Prix but the circuit confirmed this as fake news but that talks are still ongoing.





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