The Coronavirus pandemic stroke once again. This time, it is the Dutch Grand Prix to be definitely cancelled from the 2020 race schedule.
The season of the 70th edition of the Formula 1 World’s Championship have not started greatly and many races have been cancelled or postponed, due to the sanitary emergency that the whole world has to face from the very first race of the calendar up to these days.
Ironically, this season should have been the most generous of them all, in terms of races, as the F1 managing staff have firstly planned to host 22 Grands Prix. Two of them were almost “maiden races” for the modern F1 schedule.
Vietnam just built its Formula 1 Grand Prix and the other one was a “old but gold” race. It was the Dutch GP. Zandvoort have already hosted many iconic races of the most entertaining and thrilling years of the sport and everyone was excited to discover the new fast track. Sadly, the Coronavirus decided to postpone this meeting up to the following season.
Due to the worldwide spread of the coronavirus the inaugural Formula 1 Heineken Dutch Grand Prix has been postponed definitively to 2021. All tickets remain valid for the new race. Find out more in-depth info via https://t.co/n6xzhkLYgE. Stay safe ♥ #DutchGP pic.twitter.com/Dozw2m8Ipq— Dutch Grand Prix (@f1_dutchgp) May 28, 2020
“We were completely ready for this first race and we still are. – said Jan Lammers, sports director of the Zandvoort’s Circuit -An unbelievable achievement has been made thanks to all the fans, the companies and the governments involved. 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 ask everyone to be patient. I had to look forward to it for 35 years, so I can wait another year”.
Obviously, the tickets will remain valid for the next season as well, but it is sad to imagine that iconic track obliged to remain silent for another year.