Dutch Grand Prix returns to F1 calender

VIDEO Join Max Verstappen on a record-breaking lap of Zandvoort

VIDEO Join Max Verstappen on a record-breaking lap of Zandvoort

Daniel Ricciardo has offered a mixed reaction to Formula 1's return to Zandvoort in 2020. The return will be dubbed as 'Formula 1 Heineken Dutch Grand Prix 2020'.

"The Zandvoort Circuit is legendary and known worldwide and we're delighted to see it host a round of the Formula One World Championship once again", said former Dutch Formula 1 driver Jan Lammers, sporting director of the Dutch Grand Prix.

Red Bull's Dutch driver Max Verstappen, born 12 years after Niki Lauda took the last chequered flag in a McLaren in 1985, hailed the prospect of lining up in his home race.

But five races in Britain, Germany, Italy, Mexico and Spain are out of contract next year, with reports that two or even three of these group could be ditched.

"From the beginning of our tenure in Formula One, we said we wanted to race in new venues, while also respecting the sport's historic roots in Europe", said Formula One chairman Chase Carey in a statement.

"Before Monaco, but there is no fixed date yet", Carey said at Zandvoort for the official race announcement. Otherwise the track is cool, but we will see. No doubt orange will be the dominant colour in the Zandvoort grandstands next year'.

The British Grand Prix at Silverstone is one of them. The addition of Zandvoort will be a big boost to F1's owners, as it represents the return of a historic venue at a time when fans are concerned about the loss of famous race tracks from the calendar.

What you see in this footage will look a little different come next year, as the race track will undergo renovations in order to meet the standards of the FIA, courtesy of the town council and other partners.

Although the track has not been in F1 for many years, it has remained a staple in junior categories. It has a lot of history and is actually a cool place to be with the beach. I have good memories from there.

Nico Hulkenberg, who won the Masters event in 2008 and also competed at Zandvoort in A1 GP, shared his team-mate's concerns about overtaking.

The narrowness of the circuit is something drivers frequently talked about when asked about it in the Barcelona last weekend.

He said modern cars are unlikely to help Zandvoort's cause, suggesting F1's desperate bid to get fans in the stands could backfire.

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