Monday 16 September 2019

Dutch seaside resort looks into bringing back Formula One

ZANDVOORT, NETHERLANDS - JULY 7: Yellow flag after an accident tZandvoort’s town council is looking into the possibility of bringing back Formula One  to the seaside resort’s racing circuit.

A motion supporting the move was approved by a full meeting of the town council last week. The last Dutch Grand Prix took place in the dunes close to the town in 1985 and was won by Niki Lauda.

‘Everyone is enthusiastic about the idea, including the alderman,’ Jerry Kramer, leader of the VVD Liberals in Zandvoort, told website Nu.nl. ‘I think it should be a joint plan of action involving local government and the private sector.’

Among the events currently staged on the circuit, which was first built after World War II, is Formula Three racing.

Bringing Formula One back to Zandvoort would cost millions of euros. ‘The infrastructure needs to be improved, the track needs updating and we would have to meet the financial demands of the Formula One organisation,’ circuit director Eric Weijers told website Nu.nl.

However, in a later interview with Nu.nl, Weijers admits the plan is not financially feasible, ‘no matter how much I would like it to happen’.

‘Governments are not keen on financing Formula One in western Europe,’ he said. ‘And I know every Formula One race makes a loss.’

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