Dutch GP becomes 4th Formula One race cancelled this season

Ross Houston
May 29, 2020

The Dutch Formula One Grand Prix at Zandvoort has been postponed to next year because of the coronavirus pandemic, organisers confirmed yesterday.

"Therefore, it has been decided that the race will not take place this season and the inaugural race will now take place during the 2021 season".

The Dutch GP has been officially axed from this year's Formula 1 calendar.

Australian Grand Prix Corporation and Dorna both confirmed that MotoGP will return to Phillip Island in 2021.

"We're saddened to have to announce the cancellation of this iconic event after finding no way through the logistical and operational issues resulting from the pandemic and rearranged calendar." said Carmelo Ezpeleta, Dorna Sports CEO.

"Our obligations to protect the health and safety of everyone involved in preparing and delivering the event, our volunteer marshals and Race Makers, and of course, the wonderful fans, means this is the best, safest and only decision to be made".

"We ask everyone to be patient", said Lammers, who drove in F1 in the early Eighties.

"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. We look forward to returning to Silverstone and Phillip Island next year for more incredible battles".

Organisers said all tickets would remain valid for next year's race.

F1 organizers still hope to reschedule those and hold 15-18 races this season, starting in July with back-to-back races at the Austrian GP.

The proposed races at Silverstone, one of which will be the British Grand Prix, will still be subject to whether the quarantine rules are to be lifted or F1 being granted an exemption. Belgium and Italy will conclude Europe's meetings on 30 August and 6 September, the dates they held on the original calendar.

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