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Dutch GP to return for F1 2020

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The Dutch GP will return to the Formula 1 calendar for the first time in 35 years in 2020 - giving Max Verstappen his first home race.

Zandvoort, which is on the North Sea coast and 40 minutes by car from Amsterdam, was a mainstay of the calendar during F1's first four decades but the circuit last staged a Grand Prix in 1985.

'Verstappen mania' is being credited for the race's revival with the 21-year-old Red Bull driver having cultivated a huge following in his homeland in his first five years in F1.

Video: Verstappen on a 360 lap of Zandvoort (motorsport.com)

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Thousands of Dutch fans regularly travel to races around Europe, such as Spa and Austria, with their orange T-shirts prominent in grandstands.

The revived Dutch race is expected to take place in early May 2020, the slot normally held by the Spanish GP. The Barcelona event does not currently have an F1 contract for next season.

The Dutch GP is the second new event confirmed for next year's calendar with a maiden street race in Vietnam's capital, Hanoi, already announced for the April.

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What will the 2020 calendar look like?

F1's 2019 schedule is at a record 21 races, but doubts remain over some existing long-standing grands prix heading into next season.

The British GP is among five races without a 2020 contract but, while Silverstone was forced to deny reports earlier this month that a new deal had been agreed, circuit chiefs are optimistic an agreement will be struck.

Monza, F1's most-used track, has revealed it has agreed a deal in principle to continue hosting the Italian GP, but the futures of Spain, Germany and Mexico appear less certain.

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