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Dutch GP return facing big competition - Doornbos

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Former F1 driver Robert Doornbos believes the Netherlands shouldn't get its hopes up about a return of Grand Prix racing, despite recent developments.

Both Zandvoort - the Dutch GP's historical venue - and Assen are considering hosting an F1 event in the future. Feasibility studies and initial talks with Liberty Media are reported to be continuing.

Doornbos raced in F1 with Minardi and Red Bull in 2005 and 2006 and sees a return of the sport in his home country as possible. However, he doesn't yet believe it to be a foregone conclusion.

"The chances are still small," he told Ziggo Sport Totaal.

"Zandvoort has estimated the costs. And Charlie Whiting has inspected the track in Assen. So that is positive news. But you cannot forget about the competition.

"There are already so many European races," he pointed out. "This year there are even three in a row - in France, Austria and the UK."

Bringing Formula 1 back to the Netherlands, which enjoyed its last championship race in 1985 at Zandvoort, is an enticing prospect for the country. It's also especially appealing to Liberty Media, given the massive popularity of local hero Max Verstappen.

But Doornbos believes the sport's managers are likely looking at more profitable venues where to set up shop. However, he wouldn't discard the positive impact of the Red Bull driver's massive popularity.

"There are also several other countries that want Grands Prix," said Doornbos. "However, the F1 leadership are very enthusiastic about Verstappen, so it is possible."

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