Zandvoort Inches Closer to the 2020 Formula One Calendar

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The Circuit Zandvoort is set to make a comeback to the Formula One calendar as the host of the Dutch Grand Prix in 2020. After months of speculation, Max Verstappen will finally realise his dream of having a home grand prix.

With regard to sponsorship, Heineken is close to inking a deal with the Formula One Management (FOM) and the circuit organisers. The Dutch beer brand has already been a major sponsor for several Formula One races.

The Netherlands has been absent from Formula 1 for far too long, with the last race in 1985. So, when the circuit does return, it will be after a gap of 35 years. The circuit possesses a seating capacity of 62,000. However, with Local hero Max Verstappen in the mix, up to 100,000 people could be expected to attend each day of the three-day event.

The Dutch Grand Prix has been run 34 times between 1948 and the 1985 Formula One season. In addition to that, it has also played host to the European Grand Prix on two occasions.

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In terms of success at the venue, British driver Jim Clark enjoyed the most success, with four wins under his belt. On the team/constructor’s front, Ferrari were the most successful, with 9 wins.

Coming back to the present, an announcement regarding Zandvoort hosting the F1 Dutch GP, is expected anytime soon. Speaking to the BBC, Formula One CEO, Chase Carey said, “I don’t preview announcements. We’ll announce it when we announce it on Tuesday.”

However, Netherlands’ inclusion may come at the expense of one or two circuits. Carey continued, “We have a number – five tracks – we have to renew for next year. A few of them we already have agreements in principle. We are having constructive discussions elsewhere. We do have new races coming on the calendar as well.

“There will be a little bit of change and in some degree that’s good for the sport, some fresh, exciting, new races.”

The return of a classic Formula One venue is on the cards