Zandvoort in the offing for a Dutch GP?

The famous Zandvoort circuit in Holland has joined the list of wannabe Grand Prix venues according to reports in this week's Autosport magazine

Zandvoort in the offing for a Dutch GP?

The Dutch track has not hosted a Grand Prix since 1985, but circuit representatives are keen to get it back on the Formula 1 calendar. The venue underwent a major revamp in 1999 and although not currently up to F1 safety standards, the circuit would not require much work to reach GP level.

Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone is to have a meeting with circuit chairman Hans Brnst, who is also president of the International Circuits Committee, in August.

While general circuit issues will be top of the agenda for the meeting, the possibility of a Dutch GP is also expected to be discussed.

"At the moment Zandvoort could not hold a Grand Prix," said a spokesman for the circuit. "But it would not take a lot of work. If we got a date for next year, we could do it, but that won't happen. We will only carry out the necessary work if we get a date."

Potential competition to host a GP is currently high, with the Nagatino track in Moscow expected to host a race in 2003 and delegates are known to have approached motorsport's governing body, the FIA, about holding a Lebanon GP in the country's capital Beirut.

Ecclestone said at the Austrian Grand Prix in May that the F1 calendar will not be extended beyond its current number of 17 races and that any new events would be added at the expense of and existing round.

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