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Formula One seeking return of Dutch Grand Prix

Formula One is targeting a return of the Dutch Grand Prix to the motor-racing championship, with a street race in a major city such as Amsterdam or Rotterdam reportedly being pursued.

The Autosport website said Sean Bratches, managing director of commercial operations at Formula One, recently visited the Netherlands for talks with local officials.

Zandvoort, a permanent circuit located on the Dutch coast, regularly held an F1 race through to 1985, but is thought to require substantial redevelopment to make it fit for modern-day Formula One.

F1 bosses are instead said to be targeting the street race option, amid a wider strategy of bringing more of these type of events onto the calendar. The rise of Max Verstappen (pictured) has coincided with a surge of interest from Dutch fans and Formula One is keen to capitalise on this.

The 20-year-old Red Bull Racing driver became the youngest person to compete in F1 when making his debut for Toro Rosso in 2015 and has since won two races, most recently this month’s Malaysian Grand Prix.