Date: 15th October 2017 at 10:05am
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Anyone who has taken a look at the grandstands in Formula One in 2017 will have noticed the huge swell of support for Max Verstappen.

The 20-year-old Red Bull Racing driver is arguably the biggest supported driver in Formula One right now, easily as popular as former champions Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel and maybe even on a par with Kimi Raikkonen.

For that reason and that reason alone, the new owners of Formula One would like to capitalise on this support and bring Max Verstappen back to his homeland for his own home Grand Prix.

However F1?s commercial boss Sean Bratches may well have been surprised with the reception that he received from government officials in Amsterdam and Rotterdam.

Formula One is keen to add more street circuits to the calendar, but that was greeted with a far from enthusiastic response.

?A car race should take place on a circuit, not in an old city centre.? a spokesperson for the city of Amsterdam told motorsport.com.

Eric van der Burg who works with sports affairs within Amsterdam added: ‘[Formula One] In Amsterdam? That?s fine, but in Amsterdam Beach [Zandvoort], where they have a beautiful track. Not in the city centre of Amsterdam.?

The last Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort took place in 1985.

 

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