Double Dutch? Eindhoven could join Zandvoort on major motor racing calendars
The Netherlands could play host to Grands Prix in both Formula 1 and Formula E over the next few years, with Eindhoven having emerged as a candidate for an electric car race.
Zandvoort, a coastal resort not far from Amsterdam, last week penned a three-year hosting contract with Formula 1, starting in 2020, and according to reports in the Netherlands, the municipality of Eindhoven has been approached by Formula E about staging a race as early as 2021.
Stijn Steenbakkers, Eindhoven's alderman for economics, innovation, education and sport, said: "A race with electric cars would suit the sporting, economic and innovative character that the city wants to radiate. It is important that we know what the added value is for the city. There must also be support for it."
Formula 1's return to the Netherlands for the first time since 1985 comes as the sport looks to capitalise on the popularity of Dutch star Max Verstappen, the 21-year driver of the Red Bull Racing team who won two races in 2018, and is third in the drivers' championship this year.
Similarly, Formula E could look to tap into the appeal of Robin Frijns (pictured), the Dutch driver who won his first ePrix this season.
South Korea looks set to join the Formula E calendar next year, after Formula E signed a five-year agreement with JSM Holdings last November to act as promoter of the Seoul ePrix, which will be staged in the city centre, with both parties eager to start the contract in the 2019-20 season.
Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina has also been linked with staging a future ePrix, but a planned debut race in Auckland in the 2019-20 season has been shelved due to a lack of city and central government funding.
There are 13 races in 12 cities this year: five in Europe (Germany, France, Monaco, Switzerland and Italy); three in Asia (Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong and China); three in North America (Mexico and a double-header in USA); one in South America (Chile); and one in Africa (Morocco).