Date Announced for Formula 1’s Long-Awaited Return to Dutch Soil

Earlier this year it was decided that after a 35 years of a gaping Formula 1 sized hole in the lowlands, Zaandvoort would see the return of a Grand Prix to the Netherlands in May 2020. Now, the date has been announced. 

The coastal town will play host to the long-awaited return on Sunday May 3rd, 2020, one of a record 22 races held for the car racing competition over the year, RTL Nieuws reports. The circuit will kick off in Australia on March 15th, and continue through before it ends on November 29th in Abu Dhabi.

Zaandvoort joins Vietnam as the new kids on the block, neither previously having hosted an F1 race in the past.

When did this happen?

While the original announcement was made back in May this year, the date of the competition was only announced this week. The Netherlands was successful in securing a three-year contract with the competition, so if you miss out on tickets for 2020 you can always try again the following year.

How do I get tickets?

If you want to see the Dutch Grand Prix, get in line. Over 1 millions fans requested tickets back in July – for just 100,000 available over three days. Huge Dutch drawcards like 21-year-old Max Verstappen have ensured a steady fanbase in the Netherlands.

But, luckily, tickets haven’t actually gone on sale just yet. There’s no publicly-known date for when they will, but you can purchase them from the F1 directly and sign up for an email notification for when they do hit the web.

What’s the cost?

The entire project for 2020 is reportedly worth around 40 million euros, but is sponsored by big Dutch brand names including Heineken, Talpa, PON, Gazelle, Jumbo, and Volker-Wessels.

That’s especially good because the track is reportedly waiting for a much-needed upgrade. It’s expected to cost a whopping 5 to 10 million euros.

Will you be popping in the earplugs and heading to the track in May 2020? Let us know in the comments below!

Feature Image: dronpicr on Flickr. CC2.0.

Samantha Dixon 🇦🇺
Sam isn’t great at being Dutch. Originally hailing from Australia, she came to study in the Netherlands without knowing where the country was on a map. She once accidentally ordered the entire ice-cream menu at Smullers. She still can’t jump on the back of a moving bike. But, she remains fascinated by the tiny land of tall people.


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