Dutch Grand Prix sporting director Jan Lammers talks about the upcoming event in Zandvoort as the biggest sporting event the country has ever seen.
A redesigned Zandvoort was set to host Formula 1 in the Netherlands in 2020, but the pandemic forced the return of the Dutch Grand Prix to be delayed for a year.
But now the time is fast approaching for this long-awaited comeback, with the 2021 Dutch Grand Prix scheduled to take place September 3-5.
Key to this event will be the fans – Max Verstappen’s loyal army of Dutch supporters are finally hosting a home race where they can cheer him on from the stands, an easier ride well deserved after all that trip.
August 13 is when the Dutch government is set to clarify which turnout can be expected, but Lammers has confirmed he is going full steam ahead as Zandvoort seeks to accommodate what ‘he calls the biggest sports spectacle in the Netherlands.
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“We have no choice. We will be ready,” Lammers told NIS of the very important government announcement on August 13.
“We can’t say ‘we need more seats’ on August 25. We have a duty to accommodate everyone with a ticket and we are working on that right now.
“It is now a question of implementing the plans that were drawn up a long time ago. About 70 percent of the stands are now standing. Everything is on schedule.
“We are convinced that the figures on the coronavirus are heading in the right direction.
“If this continues, we believe all sporting events can just resume. Sometimes I think I’m in Indianapolis with all these booths.
“Even before there is a single person in these stands, I realize that we are all involved in the biggest sporting event in Dutch history. And it is very special.
After the summer break, the first stage of Formula 1 will be Spa-Francorchamps for the Belgian Grand Prix, before the Dutch Grand Prix hosts the second round of this hat-trick finished by Monza.
A Dutch Grand Prix was last held in 1985, where Niki Lauda claimed victory for McLaren.