Dutch Grand Prix to return to the F1 calendar in 2020 after a 35-year absence

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Formula One is returning to Holland for the first time in 35 years after announcing the Dutch Grand Prix will be on the calendar next season.

Max Verstappen’s rise as one of the sport’s biggest stars has encouraged F1 to strike a deal in the Dutchman’s homeland.

And, on Tuesday morning, it was confirmed that Zandvoort, which last staged a grand prix in 1985, becomes Liberty Media’s second new race under its regime.

The race in Holland is set to replace the Spanish Grand Prix.

While a grand prix in Vietnam’s capital Hanoi will also be added to the schedule in 2020, the future of the British Grand Prix, remains uncertain.

The race at Silverstone in July is set to be the last unless a new agreement is reached.

Silverstone chiefs, who were in Barcelona last weekend for the Spanish Grand Prix, are confident a contract extension will be agreed, but say there are a number of sticking points which could yet scupper the deal.

For Verstappen, the prospect of a home GP will no doubt further excite him, having made a fine start to the 2019 campaign.

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Despite not having the pace to seriously contend with Mercedes or Ferrari, the Dutch star has been able to push his Red Bull to the limit and has shown a maturity that may well have been lacking in the past.

Third place in Barcelona on Sunday saw him overtake Sebastian Vettel into the same position in the driver's championship.

He remains 46 points leader Lewis Hamilton, though, as the Mercedes duo's formidable start shows no sign of slowing down.

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