Media update # 4 was organized on the Zandvoort race track on August 26th. During this meeting, attention was paid to the completed upgrade of the circuit which can best be symbolized by the new Grade 1 license issued by the FIA. With the Grade 1 license, the legendary course is officially ready for the arrival of the Formula 1 Heineken Dutch Grand Prix. In addition, the most important news from Circuit Zandvoort was the announcement of the collaboration with CM.com as a naming partner.
“After the physical transformation with adapted facilities and infrastructure, together with CM.com we are taking the next step in the digital transition of our iconic dune circuit.”
Robert van Overdijk – Director CM.com Circuit Zandvoort
For CM.com, Circuit Zandvoort is a unique location where sports and different target groups come together and where online contact connects with live communication. CM.com connects companies worldwide with customers / visitors via their mobile phone, Circuit Zandvoort connects companies and visitors through the emotion of motorsports. The combination of a passion for sports from CM.com, the love for technology from Circuit Zandvoort and the way in which online and live communication come together is the origin of this partnership.
“After the physical transformation with adapted facilities and infrastructure, together with CM.com we are taking the next step in the digital transition of our iconic dune circuit. The smart mobile communication and payment solutions will ensure an optimal fan experience throughout the visitor’s entire customer journey.” With this technique, the event visitor can be proactively informed with relevant, personalized information. In this way, CM.com Circuit Zandvoort wants to offer every event visitor a unique and lasting experience.
Upgrade Circuit Zandvoort completed with Grade 1 license issued by the FIA
Also on the agenda was the completed upgrade of CM.com Circuit Zandvoort. With the new expanded pit boxes, modernized race control, the new medical center, the improved infrastructure, the Champions Lounge and the upgrade of the main stand you can really say the track is ready for Formula 1. The challenging track was already officially opened on March 4 by Max Verstappen who drove the first lap on the renewed circuit in a Red Bull F1 car.
On June 26, 2020, the FIA carried out the official inspection and the Grade 1 License for the CM.com Circuit Zandvoort was officially issued on July 7, 2020. It marked the conclusion of several inspection moments, for example Formula 1 Race Director Michael Masi already visited the circuit in December 2019. At the time, Masi was already confident that all work would be completed on time and in accordance with all FIA guidelines. However, the restriction during the corona lockdown had delayed the final inspection and the issuance of the license which is now finally completed.
The date for the F1 Heineken Dutch Grand Prix at CM.com Circuit Zandvoort in 2021 is not yet confirmed, however it is expected that FOM and FIA will announce the calendar for 2021 at the end of this year.
Be the first to watch the first episode of the documentary: ‘Back on Track’
The 2020 Formula 1 season is in full swing. Unfortunately, we have to do without the first edition of the Dutch Grand Prix. The patience of all racing fans in the Netherlands is being put to the test, but we continue to look forward to the return of Formula 1 to Zandvoort.
“It’s lights out” for the track: the complete rebuild has been completed and the Grade 1 license was recently issued, making the track officially F1 worthy. As mentioned before, today it was announced that Circuit Zandvoort will continue under the name CM.com Circuit Zandvoort from now on. More than 100 VolkerWessels employees have worked day in day out for months on, among other things, 38,750 m² of asphalt, 700 m² of kerbstones and the already famous Arie Luyendyk banked corner. For you as a racing fan, we share a first preview of our documentary ‘Back on Track’, where we show you how CM.com Circuit Zandvoort prepared for the Formula 1 Heineken Dutch Grand Prix in record time.