Aug.7 (GMM) Dutch GP boss Jan Lammers has played down suggestions Formula 1’s return to Zandvoort in 2020 is in doubt.
Organisers revealed recently that, thanks to Max Verstappen’s success and popularity, a million people registered to get tickets for the first Dutch GP since 1985.
But this week, an organisation called Rust Bij De Kust – whose motto says locals are “Tired of racing noise in the dunes and in your backyard” – indicated that it will step up its efforts to disrupt plans for the 2020 race.
According to BNR Nieuwsradio, the group intends to object to Zandvoort’s planning applications to upgrade the circuit, which could mean the circuit runs out of time to be ready for 2020.
“The last thing Rust (meaning ‘rest’) Bij de Kust wants is rest,” Zandvoort spokesman Lammers, a former Formula 1 driver, told the Dutch publication Formule 1.
He said race organisers are not worried about the efforts to disrupt the plans for 2020.
“We have commitments from the municipality, from the region and from The Hague that they are flexible and positive with regard to granting us permits,” said Lammers.
“We assume that the government will deliver on its agreements. Secondly, I think the government has a duty of care to an event where 315,000 people want to go.”
But Lammers also said race organisers have planned ahead for potential road-blocks.
“It’s like driving to work — you expect to have to stop at some red lights,” he said.
27/05/2016 Zandvoort eyes Dutch grand prix return May 27 (GMM) The Netherlands could be back on the F1 calendar by 2020.
The famous Zandvoort circuit and the Dutch grand prix have been missing from the calendar since 1985.
But with Max […]
20/12/2017 Assen tackles Zandvoort for Dutch GP Dec.20 (GMM) The Assen circuit has emerged as a viable alternative host for a future return of the Dutch grand prix.
With Max Verstappen's popularity, speculation is rising that the […]
09/04/2019 Five-year Dutch GP race deal reports ‘premature’ Apr.9 (GMM) Dutch GP spokesman Jan Lammers has dismissed as "premature" reports that Zandvoort will definitely be on the 2020 calendar.
On the day before a Liberty Media-dictated March […]
24/07/2019 F1 should have picked Assen for Dutch GP – Berger Jul.24 (GMM) Gerhard Berger thinks Assen would have been a good venue for next year's Dutch GP.
Some, including Lewis Hamilton, are worried that despite a huge expected crowd to support […]
22/05/2019 Dutch GP to be definite sell-out May 22 (GMM) The Dutch GP next year will definitely be a sell-out.
That is not just a guess based on Max Verstappen's popularity, but because a staggering 500,000 people have already […]
22/07/2019 A million people want Dutch GP tickets Jul.22 (GMM) Over a million Dutch people want to attend Max Verstappen's first home grand prix next year.
Zandvoort will feature on the 2020 calendar, and race boss Jan Lammers says the […]
27/06/2016 Dutch GP ‘possible’ at Assen track – boss Jun.27 (GMM) Momentum is building for The Netherlands' return to the F1 calendar.
A month ago, we reported that Zandvoort, last seen on the calendar in 1985, was keen to return to […]
18/07/2019 Zandvoort will ‘surprise’ with exciting racing Jul.18 (GMM) The designer in charge of revamping Zandvoort for 2020 says the Dutch GP can be surprisingly exciting.
After a thrilling race at Silverstone, Lewis Hamilton suggested he was […]
14/05/2019 2020 Dutch GP does not stop Barcelona talks May 14 (GMM) Zandvoort's soon-to-be-announced 2020 Dutch GP does not mean Barcelona is out of the running to also be on the calendar next year.
Vincenc Aguilera, the Circuit de Catalunya […]
07/02/2019 Jan Lammers to be Dutch GP boss Feb.7 (GMM) Hopes for a Dutch grand prix at Zandvoort in 2020 are rising by the day.
Although Assen insists it remains in the running, and despite the lack of government funding, an […]