The Formula 1 Heineken Dutch Grand Prix organisation has announced on Thursday that the race at the Zandvoort race track has been pushed back to 2021.
The Dutch Grand Prix that had been originally scheduled for May 3 was set to make a return to the Formula 1 scene after a 35-year hiatus. Since the postponement of the event, its organisation has been working with Formula 1 to try to find an alternative date for the race that the fabolous Dutch fans had been looking forward to.
The Dutch Grand Prix organisation has now confirmed that cancellation of the event: “Due to the worldwide spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) the Formula 1 Heineken Dutch Grand Prix has, as previously announced, been postponed. The organization of the Dutch Grand Prix, in consultation with Formula One Management, has had to conclude that it is no longer possible to hold a race with an audience this year.”
“Therefore, it has been decided to postpone the race definitively to 2021. Together with the FIA, Formula One Management will determine the schedule for 2021, and with that the new date of the Dutch Grand Prix. Like every year the date will be announced by the FIA by the end of 2020,” read the statement.
The Dutch GP sporting director, Jan Lammers said that organisation had already put every piece of the puzzle into place.
“We were completely ready for this first race and we still are. An unbelievable achievement has been made thanks to all the fans, the companies and the governments involved.”
„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”, he concluded.