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Dutch Grand Prix to return to F1 calendar next year

In this Friday, April 26, 2019 photo, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen of the Netherlands gestures before the first free practice at the Baku Formula One city circuit, in Baku, Azerbaijan. The Dutch Grand Prix will return to the Formula One calendar in 2020 for the first time since 1985. (Sergei Grits / Associated Press)
In this Friday, April 26, 2019 photo, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen of the Netherlands gestures before the first free practice at the Baku Formula One city circuit, in Baku, Azerbaijan. The Dutch Grand Prix will return to the Formula One calendar in 2020 for the first time since 1985. (Sergei Grits / Associated Press)
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ZANDVOORT, Netherlands – The Dutch Grand Prix will return to the Formula One calendar next year for the first time since 1985.

The Zandvoort track on the Dutch coast, which hosted 30 F1 races from 1952-85, will be rebuilt in the coming months to host the race.

It’s not clear when the race would slot into the already packed calendar, which also has a new race in Vietnam confirmed for 2020, but F1 organizers said Zandvoort will host races until at least 2022.

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen, who is Dutch, is in third place in the F1 standings and has a large and devoted fan base in the Netherlands.

“With the popularity of Max Verstappen I’m sure there will be a huge number of fans in attendance,” FIA president Jean Todt said. “There is now a lot of preparation needed to bring the circuit up to the required safety standards to host a Formula One race.”

The last driver to win an F1 race at the Zandvoort track was Niki Lauda, then a driver for McLaren and now the non-executive chairman of the Mercedes team.

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