Could Zandvoort return to F1?

FIA Director Charlie Whiting has said that Zandvoort would only require “minimal changes” to make a return to Formula 1.

In recent years, the Dutch circuit has held various demonstration days for Red Bull Racing.

The last F1 Grand Prix to be held in Zandvoort took place in 1985.

“I think there’s great potential there in Zandvoort,” Whiting said to reporters.

“A few things need to be changed there, and there’s a great willingness to change. But I think it’s rather too early to be talking about that.

“They’re coming back to us with some proposals, and we’ll see purely from a circuit point of view – nothing to do with the commercial elements of it – but from a circuit safety point of view, I think it could be done.

“There would be a nice long straight good enough to use DRS well, and you’d maintain the historic elements of the circuit as well. I think it would be a very nice circuit.”

When asked if the circuit would require modifications to make it suitable for a Grand Prix, Whiting replied: “Not a lot. The amount of work is relatively minimal.”

However, he did admit changes are required before the circuit can be considered as an addition to the calendar.

“I went to look at it [Zandvoort] from a safety point of view,” Whiting added. “Could the track be modified to cope with modern F1 cars? That’s all.

“Now how big the paddocks are, access, where you are going to put spectators is not something that I would get involved in normally.”

The possible return of a Dutch GP as a street race faced multiple challenges, which caused the project to grind to a halt.

Despite this, with the growing popularity of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and his large multitude of fans, organisers are determined for the country to host a race once more.

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