Zandvoort happy to move to later slot

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The Dutch Grand Prix will take place on September 5 in 2021, and the race organisers are more than happy to have been handed a summer slot.

Zandvoort was set to host the first Formula 1 race on Dutch soil in 35 years this season, being handed a May slot. However, it was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

While hosting it behind closed doors was discussed, the decision was ultimately made that the venue’s return should take place in front of crowds.

“We were completely ready for this first race and we still are,” said former F1 driver and Dutch Grand Prix sports director Jan Lammers in a statement at the time.

“We and Formula 1 have investigated the potential to hold a rescheduled race this year without spectators, but we would like to celebrate this moment, the return of Formula 1 in Zandvoort, together with our racing fans in the Netherlands.

“We ask everyone to be patient. I had to look forward to it for 35 years, so I can wait another year.”

It has now been confirmed that the track will finally make its long-awaited return to the sport in 2021. However, rather than take place in May, it will be in September.

Lammers is pleased with the new date and thinks that it will allow a number of spectators to attend due to the time of year and the weather.

“The return of F1 to the Netherlands was initially made possible by an entrepreneurial initiative, but just as important, that was followed by the massive interest of many race fans in our country,” Lammers said.

“This new date just after the summer has the advantage that the peak of the summer holidays is over, that there is a good chance the weather will be good, and the corona measures will be more limited.

“This is a great date for Zandvoort and the entire region. In other words, the organisation is very positive and prepares to organise a large public event on this date.”

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