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Zandvoort set to replace Barcelona on 2020 schedule

  • Published on 30 Apr 2019 15:05
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Zandvoort is on the verge of securing a place on the 2020 calendar in place of the Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona.

Liberty Media has been working with Zandvoort to bring the Dutch Grand Prix back on the F1 schedule for some time.

Barcelona's current contract to host a world championship race expires at the end of the 2019 event, and it is believed it has to produce $20 million in order to stay on the calendar next season.

Barcelona is one of five venues currently without a deal for next season, as Silverstone, Monza, Hockenheim and Mexico City all out of contract after 2019.

Zandvoort is set to take the Spanish Grand Prix's place on the schedule, becoming the first non-flyway event of the season at the beginning of May.

The Dutch circuit needs to receive improvements in order to be brought up to F1 standards, however there are no concerns as a Grand Prix deal would accelerate the plans to be completed before the race next May. 

Assen was already briefly in the running to host a Dutch Grand Prix, however that option was ruled out in March. 

A contract between F1 and the Zandvoort promoter has been agreed, but not yet signed as the minor details are ironed out.

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  • As much as I would like to see a Dutch GP I think it would be a shame if it was at the expense of the Barcelona race.

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    • Apr 30 2019 - 17:37
    • Agreed, I'm not sure this is a good trade.

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      • Apr 30 2019 - 18:19
    • It has nothing to do with trading. Just a matter of money. Hope they rebuild the infrastructure to reach Zandvoort as well because at the moment, that is a dissaster

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      • May 1 2019 - 09:04
    • Well yes... That is how it works... But it does mean we get one venue instead of another venue in this case, and I'm not sure Zandvoort is the preferable option.

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      • May 1 2019 - 14:08
  • I wonder where they will hold winter tests from now on then. Barcelona has been one of the go-tos for that matter for a while now, since it's cost efficient yet warmer than the other European tracks.

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    • May 1 2019 - 14:09
  • Kubica

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    That would be a really stupid move ...

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    • May 1 2019 - 22:23

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