European F1 fans will have reason to cheer as the Dutch F1 GP returns in 2020. The announcement was made earlier today by FIA head, Jean Todt. The French former head of Ferrari F1 stated that the 2020 race will the first of three races at the circuit and that Heineken will be the title sponsor of the event. The last Dutch Grand Prix took place in 1985 and will return next year as Formula 1 Heineken Dutch Grand Prix 2020.
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Zandvoort is a major beach resort in the Netherlands, known for its long beach bordered by coastal dunes separating the North Sea from the track. The Circuit of Zandvoort has a long history as a Formula 1 venue. When the 2020 race takes place, it will be the 31st Dutch Grand Prix to count as a round of the World Championship; it was first held here in 1952.
Over the coming months, the facility will be rebuilt, the track and the infrastucture will be modified in order to meet the standards laid out by the FIA in order to host a Formula 1 World Championship event.
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In their own words
Jean Todt, President of the FIA, said: “I am pleased to see that Zandvoort will be part of the proposed calendar for the 2020 FIA Formula One World Championship and thankful for the hard work of Formula 1 to bring the sport back to the Netherlands. It is a circuit with a long and impressive history of competition and is a great challenge for drivers, and with the popularity of Max Verstappen I’m sure there will be a huge number of fans in attendance. There is now a lot of preparation needed to bring the circuit up to the required safety standards to host a Formula 1 race, and we will work towards this together with Formula 1, KNAF – the Dutch ASN – and the circuit organisation.”
Jan Lammers, DGP Sporting Director, 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. To meet the wishes of Formula 1 and the required standards of the FIA the circuit and infrastructure will be modernized within a few areas, with the work completed well ahead of the race in 2020. In addition, the municipality of Zandvoort has recently invested heavily to improve access to the municipality and the circuit.”