Dutch GP re­vival moves closer af­ter Assen visit

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The prospect of a Dutch Grand Prix re­turn­ing to the cal­en­dar in the fu­ture moved a step closer last week when Char­lie Whit­ing car­ried out an in­spec­tion of the Assen Cir­cuit.

In the wake of Max Ver­stap­pen’s rise to promi­nence, Lib­erty Me­dia has ex­pressed a de­sire to see F1 re­turn to the Nether­lands for the first time since a race was last held at Zand­voort in 1985.

Whit­ing vis­ited Assen as it chases the nec­es­sary FIA Grade 1 sta­tus needed to host F1. Whit­ing sug­gested that only mi­nor changes would be re­quired to up­grade the track, with pro­vi­sions for ex­tra kerb­ing, guardrails and Tecpro bar­ri­ers at cer­tain points needed.

Assen cir­cuit chair­man Ar­jan Bos said: “It’s ex­tremely pleas­ant to hear that Char­lie Whit­ing is also very happy with the track, the modern fa­cil­i­ties and level of main­te­nance. His pos­i­tive judg­ment is an im­por­tant step in the right di­rec­tion to get F1 back to the Nether­lands, but we are not there yet. Far from it. The next step would be for the FOM to pay a visit to the Cir­cuit Assen. This will likely hap­pen in the near fu­ture.”

F1 com­mer­cial di­rec­tor Sean Bratches said last year that a Dutch GP would be a valu­able ad­di­tion to the cal­en­dar, but he was un­der­stood to favour a street cir­cuit in one of the coun­try’s ma­jor cities.

Assen track could host a Dutch GP

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