After a 33-year absence, the Dutch Grand Prix could be prepared to make its return to the Formula 1 schedule.
With a move to the Netherlands, Formula 1 is looking to capitalize on the popularity of Max Verstappen.
Its return could come as early as 2020, with Zandvoort and Assen as the frontrunners among venues. The last Dutch GP was run in 1985 when only 16 races were on the schedule. Niki Lauda beat McLaren teammate Alain Prost in that event.
The 2020 season is the same year F1 is set for the inaugural Vietnam Grand Prix.
Currently with 21 races on the calendar, the new owner Liberty Media has made no secret of its willingness to expand in the coming years – increasing the number of events by adding new markets and reintroducing historic events like the Dutch GP.
“We expect to expand our calendar beyond our current 21-race schedule,” Sean Bratches said at SpeedCafe.com.
“We expect to replace a few existing races where we inherited unattractive agreements with new events or agreements that are better for racing and provide more value,” Bratches added.
“Such a massive gut punch on Saturday,” Dean Wilson wrote on Instagram on Tuesday. “Just as I was gaining good momentum riding well, feeling good and chasing my first win things turned in the blink of an eye.”
With that post, Wilson announced that he will be out for the remainder of the Supercross season, which includes races at East Rutherford, N.J. and Las Vegas, Nev. An MRI earlier in the week revealed a shoulder injury. He also sustained damage to his kidney in a Lap 8 accident while he was running in the top 10.
Wilson’s injuries will not require surgery.
Wilson’s season began with a lot of promise. Earning the holeshot in the season-opening race at Anaheim, Wilson led for a time before narrowly missing the podium in fourth.
Two weeks later, Wilson finished fifth overall in the Triple Crown event of Anaheim II. Those are his only top-fives of the season.
“The tough part of this is I have been trying so hard this year to be back where I need to be trying to get a job for next year,” Wilson continued.
Next Race: East Rutherford April. 27, on NBCSN and on NBC Sports Gold
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