The organizers of the Dutch Grand Prix hoped that the return of the nationwide stage of the World Championship, scheduled for spring 2020, would flip right into a large-scale racing celebration. The calculation was that on the reconstructed circuit in Zandvoort there will likely be a full home, given the immense reputation of Max Verstappen – and probably it might have been, if not for the pandemic that canceled all plans.
A lot of the System 1 races final 12 months had been held in empty stands, however for the promoters of the Dutch Grand Prix this feature was unacceptable, and in consequence, the stage needed to be canceled. Nonetheless, they hope that in 2021 they’ll return to their earlier plans and maintain an actual motorsport pageant in Zandvoort.
Jan Lammers, a former System 1 driver and now the sporting director of the Dutch Grand Prix, believes that the postponement of the race from spring to September will contribute to the success of the mission.
“The chances are high that by this time the restrictive measures will change into much less extreme, and we can race with the viewers,” he stated in an interview with De Telegraaf newspaper. “By that point, the height of summer season holidays will likely be over, and nothing will forestall a large-scale mass occasion.”