Dutch GP's Formula 1 return moved back to 2021 season

Tanya Simon
May 29, 2020

Dutch Grand Prix organisers have confirmed it will not return until 2021, due to coronavirus, meaning Formula 2 and the FIA Formula 3 Championship won't race at Zandvoort this year.

Due to be held at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit over the October 23-25 weekend, restrictions in place relating to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic have forced the cancellation of the 2020 edition of the event.

Together with the motorsport federation FIA, Formula One Management will determine the schedule for 2021 and with that the new date of the Dutch Grand Prix.

With a large number of F1 races expected to be hosted behind closed doors this season, Dutch GP officials were among those who expressed no interested in hosting such an event without spectators.

Dutch GP boss Jan Lammers said the circuit was ready to go after extensive redevelopment this year, but the organisers did not want to herald the return of the race without fans present.

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Carmelo Ezpeleta, chief executive of Dorna Sports, which has the commercial and TV rights for MotoGP, said the British and Australian races couldn't be rescheduled because there was "no way through the logistical and operational issues resulting from the pandemic and rearranged calendar".

"We ask everyone to be patient".

"With F1, we have investigated the potential to hold a rescheduled race this year without spectators", Lammers explained.

The event, due to take place on August 28 - 30, had remained on the schedule despite a massive upheaval caused by the coronavirus but with Dorna close to arranging a new calendar based largely in mainland Europe, Silverstone bosses have now confirmed this year's United Kingdom round won't take place.

A further six grands prix remain on ice, but F1 has yet to publish a revised calendar. Belgium and Italy will conclude Europe's meetings on 30 August and 6 September, the dates they held on the original calendar.

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