2020 will see the return of the Dutch Grand Prix to Formula 1 held at the circuit Zandvoort.
The first Dutch Grand Prix was held here back in 1952 with Ferrari driver Alberto Ascari winning the race. Since then there have been 30 Grand Prix's held at Zandvoort with the last one in 1985. The track is steeped in F1 history there have been 20 different winners at this race, 12 of which were also World Champions. The most successful driver here was British racer Jim Clark who won at Zandvoort four times, first in 1963, then 1964, 1965 & 1967. Nelson Piquet holds the race record here for the old style track and Klaas Zwart holds the current record, set in 2014, on the modern track layout.
Of course to hold a modern-day Grand Prix the track will need to have extensive modifications to meet current FIA standards, but once completed the track has a three-year contract to host the Dutch Grand Prix, with a possible two-year extension. With Formula 1 growing this news follows the proposed Vietnamese GP which will be held at Hanoi as a new street race on the calendar.
"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.”
Chase Carey, Chairman and CEO, Formula 1
Fans of Red Bull driver Max Verstappen will be happy as he now has a home race. The young driver has earned a large fan base during his time in F1, who have followed him to races across Europe including Austria and Spa in Belgium, no doubt there will be a large supporting at his home race.
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