Zandvoort Looms Closer as Barcelona’s F1 Future Looks Uncertain

Published 04/30/2019, 12:33 PM EDT
Welcome back Zandvoort?


The Circuit de Catalunya is one of five F1 circuits, who’s contract is expiring after this season. So, Liberty Media’s backup plan is to have the Zandvoort as a replacement as the first non-flyaway race. Another frontrunner for a circuit venue is the Assen TT Circuit, popularly known as ‘The Cathedral’.

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With Max Verstappen taking the Formula One world by storm, interest in the Netherlands has been picking up. Logically speaking, the next step would be to have the nation return to the F1 calendar for the first time since 1985.

According to sources speaking to Motorsport.com, the F1 bosses and the Zandvoort authorties have agreed to a contract. The only thing left is to iron out the details before signing on the dotted line.

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If the Spanish GP organisers do not renew their contracts, and it drops off the 2020 calendar, Liberty Media can slot in Zandvoort in it place.

However, Barcelona is not the only venue in danger of leaving Formula One in the near future. The likes of Silverstone, Hockenheim, Monza and Mexico are also in danger of leaving.

The Circuit de Catalunya

While all five F1 venues are facing financial trouble, Catalunya is likely the worst hit. The situation became all the more critical when the Spanish GP lost government support. Other contributing factors include the loss of Fernando Alonso who is now in Endurance racing.

The 2020 calendar is already jam-packed especially in the early part of the season. Vietnam will join the likes of Australia, Bahrain, China and Azerbaijan in April. As it turns out, F1 CEO, Chase Carey is discussing possible solutions to ease the congestion.

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Zandvoort became part of the F1 world in 1952, becoming a regular feature until 1985. But now, its usual slot is occupied by the now iconic Spa.

The late Charlie Whiting spoke about the circuit last year when he inspected it. He said, “I think there’s great potential there in Zandvoort. A few things need to be changed there, and there’s a great willingness to change.”

“But I think it’s rather too early to be talking about that. They’re coming back to us with some proposals, and we’ll see purely from a circuit point of view – nothing to do with the commercial elements of it – but from a circuit safety point of view, I think it could be done.”

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“There would be a nice long straight good enough to use DRS well, and you’d maintain the historic elements of the circuit as well. I think it would be a very nice circuit.”

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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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