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Formula One set to jump on Verstappen bandwagon
- Updated: January 31, 2018
Max Verstappen is surely one of the hottest properties in Formula One right now, and it looks like Liberty Media is keen to use his popularity in increasing the profitablity of the sport.
The young Dutchman’s talent has never been in doubt, and having spent just three seasons in the sport till now, he was even marked by world champion Lewis Hamilton as one of the most dangerous drivers on the circuit.
Red Bull was in no mood to allow him to leave when speculation started growing about Ferrari and Mercedes potentially swooping in to sign him.
They promptly offered him a new contract with the promise of building the team around him in years to come.
Now, Formula One bosses have taken note of his growing stature and popularity, especially in his home country as they have opened up about the possibility of a home race for Verstappen in Netherlands.
If the proposal is carried through, it will be the first race in the country since 1985.
Back then, it was the Zandvoort circuit which held 34 races between 1948 and 1985. Jim Clark thrived there, winning the race in 1963, 1964, 1965 and 1967.
Now, the Assen circuit is bidding to host Formula One again and it received a positive backer in the form of Formula 1 race director Charlie Whiting who recently held an inspection of the track.
Chairman of the circuit Assen Arjan Bos, in conversation with motorsport.com, said, “It’s extremely pleasant to hear that Charlie Whiting is also very happy with the track, the modern facilities and the level of maintenance.
“His positive judgement is an important step in the right direction to get Formula 1 back to the Netherlands, but we are not there yet. Far from it. The next step would be for the FOM to pay a visit to the TT Circuit Assen. This will likely happen in the near future.”