2018 F1

Government not involved in Dutch GP bid yet

Dutch sports minister Bruno Bruins says the government will “wait” before getting involved in a grand prix bid.

Last week, a feasibility study concluded that there is “no reason” why Zandvoort should not host F1 in the future.

But the source Dutch News reports that Bruins told parliament that the study was merely an “initial exploration”. He will therefore not ask the Dutch sports ministry for advice.

Bruins said the next step must be talks between Zandvoort, Liberty and the FIA. “I will wait for that to happen,” he added.

But, Liberty Media has reportedly shown more interest in hosting a street race in either Amsterdam or Rotterdam than returning to Zandvoort.

While, with both cities rejecting F1’s advances, a return to a permanent road course could be in the cards. It has been estimated that over $10 million in upgrades would be needed for the track to receive approval to host Formula One races, including lengthening the pit lane and expanding the pit boxes.

The owners of Circuit Zandvoort need not look far, however, to find success for tracks that fell off the F1 calendar that are now back on. In 2018, two former Grands Prix will return to the schedule with France and Germany.

The French Grand Prix will run next year at Circuit Paul Ricard, a track that has not hosted Formula One since 1990. This type of success for former series tracks could be replicated in the Netherlands and other nations in the not too distant future.

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