Dutch GP on the horizon after F1 officials visit Assen

24-07-2018 16:43
by Jake Williams-Smith
F1 News
Dutch GP on the horizon after F1 officials visit Assen

Plans for a Dutch Grand Prix seem to be drawing ever closer as F1 officials will be making the trip to Assen in the coming weeks to assess the viability of the circuit hosting a grand prix in the future. It comes after a surprise visit by FOM figures and the influx of Dutch fans to most European venues to see Max Verstappen.

Speaking to Motorsport.com, CEO of the Dutch GP foundation Lee van Dam said he was pleased with the progress that had been made in the efforts to work towards a Dutch Grand Prix.

"We had a good meeting. It was all very positive. In two or three weeks' time they will come to Assen to take a look at the track.

"Whiting visited the TT Circuit on behalf of the FIA, and now FOM is going to look whether Assen can be a suitable place for Formula 1.

"They will soon send their technical people, who will take a look at the whole picture: the track and the facilities."

Van Dam stated that he felt because FOM had visited the circuit, it was a good sign for the future and the possibility of a grand prix taking place their in the next few years.

"We don't have any certainty, but if they don't see something in the whole thing, they wouldn't bother to come over.

"They also could have said to us: we don't see it happening in the Netherlands and we don't see it happening in Assen. But that wasn't the case.

"Now we hope to be able to take the next step, of course. Hopefully it works out. We are feeling good about it."

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