The Zandvoort circuit that will host the revised Dutch Grand Prix in the 2020 Formula 1 season will meet the FIA’s Grade 1 standards following the installation of new fencing.

Zandvoort is currently undergoing a revamp to bring the track up to current grand prix circuit standards, having last held an F1 race in 1985.

Part of the track upgrade includes the installation of new debris fences around the venue, a process which is being completed by Swiss company Geobrugg, which claims to be the only permanent debris fence manufacturer in the world to have passed the new FIA homologation tests.

The new fences represent a key milestone for the circuit, which is now set to meet the FIA Grade 1 standards required to host grand prix racing.

While much of the original Zandvoort layout will be retained for the Dutch Grand Prix, which takes place on May 3 2020, the final corner has been re-profiled to feature a banked element.

The banking will be angled at 32 percent, the equivalent of 18 degrees – which is steeper than the banked corners at Indianapolis, the former home of the United States Grand Prix.

In total, Geobrugg will install 3400 metres of permanent debris fences, 900 metres of mobile debris fences, and around 600 metres of concrete barriers across the circuit following a resurfacing of the track asphalt.

The first designs were completed in October prior to the start of the installation process in December.

“The combination of skill and capability that Geobrugg provide, the timing and the reliability they have, and a product that can be adapted very quickly if the F1 requires it, gives us the confidence to use their solutions,” said designer Jarno Zaffelli.

The Circuit of the Americas, Singapore, Monaco, Red Bull Ring, Spa-Francorchamps, Paul Ricard, Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez and Sochi Autodrom have also been supplied by Geobrugg.

Geobrugg director Jochen Braunwarth, added: “With several companies working at the same time at full speed trying to complete the circuit upgrades, we are pleased that Geobrugg’s debris fences can provide Zandvoort with the flexibility it requires to get everything ready for the circuit to be operational.”

 

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