“Can’t Imagine Racing”: Verstappen Paints a Sad Picture for Dutch F1 Fans

Published 05/02/2020, 9:00 AM EDT


Owing to the coronavirus pandemic, the entire world has to tread very carefully. Even Formula One is on the same boat, though it is trying to resume the season now. Tentatively speaking, the 2020 season begins in July with the Austrian F1 Grand Prix. However it is set to take place behind closed doors.

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Under normal circumstances, Formula One would have reached the Netherlands and kicked off the Dutch Grand Prix weekend. Unfortunately, it does not seem like the grand prix is getting rescheduled later in the year. The Circuit Zandvoort management have yet to contact the FOM about this situation. In other words, a race behind closed doors would then no longer be possible. According to former F1 driver Jos Verstappen, that notion is not an option at all.

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“This was a race the whole Formula 1 world was looking forward to. It should have been one big party”, says Jos Verstappen told De Telegraaf. “I can’t imagine that there will still be racing in Zandvoort this year. It is either with an audience or not. But in the end this decision is up to the Formula 1 organisation and the circuit. Otherwise postponing it to next year is an option.”

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If a vaccine to cure COVID-19 is not available within twelve months, this could be very bad for the world. From F1’s perspective, a race is probably heading towards a GP without an audience. However, the real question is, are the Circuit Zandvoort authorities are willing to head in this direction.

After all, “I can’t imagine that we would otherwise [without a vaccine] soon be together again with 100,000 people”, according to the Dutchman. The good news is that the season opening race is just a little more that two months away. So, it won’t be long before fans, teams and drivers can get some F1 racing action.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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