Netherlands Grand Prix 2020

2020 Race Status: CANCELLED
Date: May 1, 2020 - May 3, 2020
City: Zandvoort, Netherlands
Circuit: Zandvoort Circuit
Official Name: FORMULA 1 HEINEKEN DUTCH GRAND PRIX 2020

Hosted in Zandvoort near the coast, the Dutch Grand Prix puts spectators near luxury accommodations and fine dining near the beach. Circuit Zandvoort’s F1 FanZone will keep spectators occupied with merchandise and other F1 entertainment. Amsterdam is a train ride away and offers nightlife entertainment, shopping, and many tourist attractions.

 

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RACE INFO & SCHEDULE

Get all the info you need for race week! The race schedule, events, track activities, how to get to the track, what's allowed or prohibited at the track, and many more frequently asked questions.

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VISITOR & TOURIST INFORMATION

AVERAGE RATES OF NEARBY HOTELS

  • 3-star: 271EUR/night ($300USD)
  • 4-star: 361EUR/night ($400USD)
  • 5-star: 406EUR/night ($450USD)

AVERAGE TEMPERATURE DURING RACE WEEK

  • High of 15°C (59°F)
  • Low of 10°C (50°F)

CURRENCY

The currency used in the Netherlands is the Euro (EUR). Here are some common conversions:

  • United States Dollar: 1EUR =  $1.10USD — $1USD = 0.91EUR
  • Canadian Dollar: 1EUR = $1.48CAD — $1CAD = 0.68EUR
  • British Pound: 1EUR = £0.86GBP — £1GBP = 1.16EUR

LANGUAGES

The primary language spoken in the Netherlands is Dutch but English is very common.

 

ATTRACTIONS AND THINGS TO DO

Though there are ample beaches near Zandvoort, the chillier weather will have spectators looking toward local attractions for entertainment, including:

  • Zandvoort’s Museum
  • Juttersmuu-ZEE-um
  • Center Parcs Aqua Cinema
  • Zandvoort Circus

Spectators looking for a thrill will find it at Holland Casino. The casino offers gamlibg alongside high-end dining. 

The woods and beaches provide an area for spectators to:

  • Hike
  • Cycle
  • Take nature tours

 

Largest Nearby Cities

  • Amsterdam
    • 32 km (19.8 mi) to Zandvoort
    • 44 min drive
  • The Hague
    • 62.6 km (38.9 mi) to Zandvoort
    • 55 min drive
  • Rotterdam
    • 75.7 km (47 mi) to Zandvoort
    • 1 h 2 min drive

THE CIRCUIT

Circuit Name: Circuit Zandvoort

Track Location: North of Zandvoort, near the North Sea coast

Distance from the Closest Airport: 17.5 km (10.9 mi) to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

Distance from Downtown: 40.7 km (25.3 mi) to Downtown Amsterdam

Year Opened: 1939

First Grand Prix: 1952

Before World War II, Circuit Zandvoort was a street circuit. The current track was built using roads used by the German army for communication. Drivers appreciate Zandvoort’s sweeping corners and the hairpin turn (Tarzanbocht) at the start/finish straight. 

Zandvoort has undergone five alterations, with the most recent being the second longest configuration.

The Bahrain International Circuit hosted the inaugural Bahrain Grand Prix in 2004 and has hosted it every year the race has been run. Bahrain only missed one Grand Prix since the circuit’s opening due to the 2011 Bahraini protests. 

In 2010, the track was converted to an “Endurance Circuit” that extended the lap length. The configuration was used for only one year before being returned to its original form.

THE 2020 Dutch Grand Prix

Set in the quaint province of North Holland, the Dutch Grand Prix has been a staple for many years since its initial running in 1948. The original circuit has roots in the 1930s when the Mayor of Zandvoort worked with the occupying Germans to allow locals to build a road through North Holland’s dunes. Originally planned as a road for German’s to parade down after their victory, the straightaway was ultimately worked into the original design of the Zandvoort circuit.

 

From 1948 to 1985, the Dutch Grand Prix was held on the original track, which had been composed of roads once used to access coastal defenses. During years when the Dutch Grand Prix wasn’t run, the circuit underwent changes to make it a better track to race on. Despite improvements, the Dutch Grand Prix stopped running after the 1985 race and the circuit remained relatively unused until the race’s return in 2020.

 

 Circuit Park Zandvoort is located near North Holland’s beaches, which many hotels near the track overlook. You won’t have to go far to enjoy the best of North Holland, but spectators looking to enjoy a bit more of the city can travel into Downtown Amsterdam. Dining is in no short supply around the track and you’ll be able to pass your time at one of the several casinos offering entertainment and food.

 

The Dutch Grand Prix may have had a long break between races, but neither Circuit Park Zandvoort or North Holland have lost their touch for drawing in a crowd.