Formula 1 has announced that the Dutch Grand Prix will return to the FIA Formula 1 World Championship from 2020. An agreement has been signed between the race series and Dutch Grand Prix – a partnership formed by SportVibes, TIG Sports and the Circuit Zandvoort – and will run for at least three years.
The track and the infrastructure will be modified in order to meet the standards laid out by the FIA in order to host a Formula 1 World Championship event. When the 2020 race takes place, it will be the 31st Dutch Grand Prix to count as a round of the World Championship.
Chase Carey, chairman and CEO, Formula 1, said, “We are particularly pleased to announce that Formula 1 is returning to race in the Netherlands, at the Zandvoort track. From the beginning of our tenure in Formula 1, we said we wanted to race in new venues, while also respecting the sport’s historic roots in Europe.
“Next season therefore, we will have a brand-new street race that will be held in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi, as well the return to Zandvoort, after an absence of 35 years; a track that has contributed to the popularity of the sport all over the world.”
“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,” noted Jean Todt, president of the FIA. “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 toward this together with Formula 1, KNAF – the Dutch ASN – and the circuit organisation.”
“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,” added DGP sporting director Jan Lammers. “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.”