Zandvoort's Dutch Grand Prix chances are fading


Zandvoort, the historical venue of the Dutch Grand Prix, is unlikely to host a world championship race in the future says the circuit's owner, Bernhard van Oranje.

Speculation of a return of Formula 1 ramped up last year, with Zandvoort, Assen and even street races in Amsterdam or Rotterdam seen as possible contenders for hosting a Dutch Grand Prix.

The last two aforementioned cities were quickly ruled out however, but Zandvoort, which last hosted the Dutch Grand Prix in 1985, remains in talks with Liberty Media although chances of watching F1 cars racing once again around Holland's dunes appear remote.

"We are talking to Liberty Media, but the chance that it succeeds is not that great," van Oranje told Dutch publication Formule 1.

"Many countries are willing to pay any price for Formula One. The fee to Liberty Media alone is around $20 million, which no circuit produces with ticket sales.

"So there must also be money from investors and that is what we are doing now," said Zandvoort's owner.

The promoter is holding on to his dream for now but admits its realization is a near impossible task given the appeal of new markets to the sport.

"Liberty has said that they want classic European races, but at the same time it makes little sense to have so many races in Europe," van Oranje added.

"New markets like Mexico are more interesting to them. For me as a promoter it's a difficult story, but as long as there is a chance, we will continue."

He also played down the fact that FIA chief Charlie Whiting recently inspected Assen.

"Whiting has also been to us, so it doesn't mean anything," said the Zandvoort chief.

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