Dutch Grand Prix to return to F1 calendar next year

Ricciardo Drivers will need big balls to be fast at Zandvoort

Ricciardo: Drivers will need "big balls" to be fast at Zandvoort

However, that overload, which the teams are keen to avoid for financial reasons, may not come to pass because five other races fall out of contract at the end of this year. The race at Monza looks safest of those four, with a deal in principle to continue at the historic track until 2024.

It's not clear when the race would slot into the already packed calendar, which also has a new race in Vietnam confirmed for 2020, but F1 organizers said Zandvoort will host races until at least 2022.

"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". If none of the existing venues drop out the addition of Hanoi and Zandvoort would mean a record 23-race season in 2020.

Renault's Daniel Ricciardo said: "I raced there in F3 and I remember it keeps your eyes open. I've done a few laps and donuts in an F1 auto there too and the track was actually pretty challenging because you have a few banked corners, some places are very narrow and there's no run off".

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. I like it and it would be good to go back there.

"To fulfil the wishes of F1 and the standards of the FIA, the circuit and infrastructure will be modernised in some areas", he said. The circuit has a long F1 history, with the first race held in 1952, but the last race was staged in 1985. It was just hard to overtake on.

"Otherwise the track is cool, but we will see". I'm a bit torn because to drive on it would be fun but to race on it would be... with the width of the cars now, it is probably like a street circuit through some of the places.

Chase Carey, chairman and chief executive officer, Formula 1 Group, said that they are pleased on the return of Formula 1 at the Zandvoort track.

"We saw it here in Spain when Alonso was in his peak. I think that's positive for F1". "He certainly adds a dimension to it, but there is a real passion for the sport in general here and it makes it incredibly attractive to be able to bring a race to Holland".

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