Dutch Grand Prix: What you need to know about F1's spectacular new beachside race

Max Verstappen will have not one but two home Grands Prix from 2020, with the Netherlands’ historic and iconic Zandvoort making a popular return to the Formula 1 calendar after a 35-year hiatus…

The stunning venue, which is situated just metres away from lush sandy beaches and dunes, has previously held 30 Dutch Grands Prix - but hasn’t hosted F1 since 1985, when McLaren’s Niki Lauda was victorious.

“It will take a good pair of courage,” smirked Romain Grosjean when asked for his thoughts on the Dutch circuit, which he raced on in F3.

Valtteri Bottas, who became the first driver to win two of the famous F3 Masters races held at the venue – in 2009 and 2010 – reckons it is “really great for F1” that Zandvoort is back on the calendar.

His loyal fan-base, bedecked in orange, have followed him across Europe – turning out in huge numbers at Belgium’s Spa-Francorchamps and Austria’s Red Bull Ring.

The likes of Alberto Ascari, Juan Manuel Fangio, Jim Clark and Alain Prost have all tasted victory there.

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