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Dutch Grand Prix returns!

Zandvoort to host the Dutch Grand Prix from 2020 - for the first time in 35 years

By Matt Bird / Tuesday, May 14, 2019

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?

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