Dutch Grand Prix returns!


It's not often there's news of Formula 1 returning to an old circuit - as opposed to announcing a shiny new addition to the calendar - so it's pleasing to hear confirmation of the Dutch GP coming back from 2020.

Zandvoort first hosted the race in 1952, won by Alberto Ascari in a Ferrari 500. The race ran for more than 30 years, the last in 1985 won by Niki Lauda - his 25th and final Grand Prix win. F1 hasn't been in Holland since, meaning swathes of Dutch Formula 1 fans haven't has an event in their own country. With races in nearby Germany, France and Belgium having remained fairly constant, that must have rankled.


That's now going to change, though, with confirmation of an agreement between the F1 World Championship and the Dutch Grand Prix (a triumvirate comprised of SportVibes, TIG Sports and Circuit Zandvoort) to host a race at Zandvoort for at least three years. Heineken will be title sponsor. The reason for the return? Verstappen fever must be at the heart of it: young Max giving Dutch F1 fans something to get excited about for the first time in a very, very long while.

Naturally there's a great deal of positivity around the announcement. Jan Lammers is Sporting Director of the event and said: "The Zandvoort Circuit is legendary and known worldwide and we're delighted to see it host a round of the FIA Formula One World Championship once again." Jean Todt spoke of the "great challenge" it will present to drivers, and Chase Carey (F1 Chairman and CEO) added comment of how the move is "respecting the sport's historic roots in Europe."

Not everyone is happy about the move, though; when this decision was being rumoured a few weeks back, Tiff Needell tweeted about how Zandvoort "isn't a track suitable for F1" and that Verstappen's demo lap "looks like he's on a kart track." There's a concern about a lack of overtaking opportunities, basically, given the age of the track and the size of the cars - despite the improvements in infrastructure promised. Is the return of the Dutch Grand Prix something you're keen for? Or is there another European track more worthy of a revisit from the circus?


P.H. O'meter

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  • big_rob_sydney 14 May 2019

    I'm sure there are standards or criteria for what is required to host an F1 race. Having said that, there are other circuits I'd like to see, such as the full fat Nurburgring, and Monza with its curved banking.

    While we're on the subject, I would also love to see some sort of Indy car style oval race.

  • slipstream 1985 14 May 2019

    Been there really can't see how f1 can pass there would need some sort of an extension.

  • London424 14 May 2019

    slipstream 1985 said:
    Been there really can't see how f1 can pass there would need some sort of an extension.
    A procession race. All to captalise on Max's popularity. I guess losing Spain (another procession) now Alonso and his popularity isn't a draw isn't the worst thing in the world.

  • Glosole 14 May 2019

    As a fan of the old circuit that had a long straight and was spread over a much larger area I doubt that they can pull off installing the required pits etc to a current standard on the now much shortened track. Loved the location though and went to several GP's in the 1970's and 1980's and its very handy for UK fans. Can't really see this happening in its current guise with out buying up a lot of extra land .
    But lets face it Dutch fans pop across the the border to the Nurburgring GP track call it the Dutch or European Gp if need be where its all FIA approved and ready to go sounds more sensible.




  • Glosole 14 May 2019

    As a fan of the old circuit that had a long straight and was spread over a much larger area I doubt that they can pull off installing the required pits etc to a current standard on the now much shortened track. Loved the location though and went to several GP's in the 1970's and 1980's and its very handy for UK fans. Can't really see this happening in its current guise with out buying up a lot of extra land .
    But lets face it Dutch fans pop across the the border to the Nurburgring GP track call it the Dutch or European Gp if need be where its all FIA approved and ready to go sounds more sensible.




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