The return of the Dutch Grand Prix!
The Formula 1 organization has indicated that the Dutch Grand Prix will definitely get a spot on the 2020 provisional calendar. And the Zandvoort Circuit is in pole position to host the event because of its race history in the Dutch dunes. Motor racing is set to return to the Netherlands after 35 years!
Zandvoort Circuit – the legends track
Zandvoort – just 15 minutes from Haarlem and 30 minutes from Amsterdam – is a major seaside resort in the Netherlands. The town has a long history of motor sport. In fact, street races were organised as of 1939 and the permanent race track was built in 1948, hosting the Dutch Grand Prix for decades. It has been the backdrop to legends – James Hunt, Jody Scheckter, Niki Lauda, Ayrton Senna and Mario Andretti are amongst the big names to have raced in Zandvoort.
Dramatic Dutch Grand Prix
The race track in Zandvoort has also seen its share of drama – with a number of fatal accidents, including that of Roger Williamson in 1973. Williamson died after his car flipped over, and although not seriously injured, he became trapped as his car burst into flames. Fellow racer, David Purley abandoned his own race to try help his friend, while other drivers oblivious to the drama continued to race. Race marshals were not wearing fire-resistant clothing and could not help, and by the time the first fire engine had arrived, Williamson had died from asphyxiation. David Purley was later awarded the George Medal for the bravery he displayed in attempting to rescue Williamson. The story, and film footage of the rescue attempt, feature in the 2010 BBC documentary, “Grand Prix: The Killer Years”.
Dutch motor sport
The last time the Dutch Grand Prix was held was in 1985, with a win by Niki Lauda. Shortly afterwards the owner of the track went into receivership, bringing an end to Formula One racing in Zandvoort – until now! Come see motor sport history being made, with Max Verstappen racing in his own country!
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