F1 ‘begins talks’ over return of Dutch Grand Prix
Formula 1 has begun discussions with representatives in the Netherlands about staging a city-based grand prix in the country, it has been reported.
Sean Bratches, the managing director, commercial operations, at Formula 1, met with Dutch officials last week to discuss the plans, according to Autosport.
It is understood that Amsterdam and Rotterdam are the favoured locations for the event.
There has not been a Dutch Grand Prix since 1985 when the Zandvoort circuit hosted its last race, having been a regular fixture on the calendar since 1948.
However, there is likely to be some support for a return given the emergence of young Dutch Formula 1 driver Max Verstappen who competes for Red Bull Racing.
New city circuit events are a priority of the Formula 1 chief executive and chairman Chase Carey who has expressed his desire for more races on top of those already held in Singapore, Monaco and Baku.
In August, Bratches revealed that there had been various discussions over the idea, saying: “I’m spending a lot of time reaching out proactively to cities... and think ultimately we will realise more street races than we have seen historically.
"We will go to iconic cities where there are large fanbases, particularly new fanbases that we can activate.”
Last month, it was reported that a Danish group was in advanced talks with Formula 1 about staging a race in Copenhagen in 2020.
A consortium led by Helge Sander, Denmark's former minister of science, technology and development, and Lars Seier Christensen, the former chief executive of Danish investment company Saxo Bank, is said to have met with the series organisers to propose a race on a city circuit in the capital.
The proposed Copenhagen track is understood to have the backing of the Danish government and the country’s royal family.
There are presently 20 stops on the Formula 1 calendar, a number that is set to rise to 21 next year with the return of the French and German Grands Prix, and the loss of the Malaysian round.
The season is presently capped at 25 rounds under the Concorde Agreement between Formula 1 and the participating teams.