May 16th 2019

Dutch Grand Prix Returns To Formula 1 World Championship Schedule In 2020

Formula 1 has announced that, after an absence of 35 years, the Dutch Grand Prix will return to the FIA Formula 1 World Championship beginning in 2020. An agreement was recently signed between Formula 1 and Dutch Grand Prix--a partnership formed by SportVibes, TIG Sports and the Circuit Zandvoort--that will allow the event to run for at least three years. Heineken, one of the long-standing Global Partners of Formula 1, will be the Title Sponsor of the event in 2020. 
 
Situated not far from the city of Amsterdam, Zandvoort is a major beach resort in the Netherlands, known for its long beach bordered by magnificent coastal dunes separating the North Sea from the track. Circuit  Zandvoort has a long history as a Formula 1 venue, and  over the coming months, the facility will be rebuilt with help from Zandvoort town council and several other partners. 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. It was first held in 1952, when it was won by a Ferrari driven by Alberto Ascari, who went on to win the world championship that year. Apart from the Italian, there were a further 19 winners, of which 12 were also world champions. Jim Clark holds the outright record with four wins to his name. The last Dutch Grand Prix took place in 1985 and will return next year as Formula 1 Heineken Dutch Grand Prix 2020. 

Chase Carey, chairman and CEO of 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 as 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. In recent years, we’ve seen a resurgence of interest in Formula 1 in Holland, mainly due to the enthusiastic support for the talented Max Verstappen, as seen from the sea of orange at so many races. No doubt this will be the dominant color in the Zandvoort grandstands next year.” 

For additional information: www.fia.com.