Zandvoort’s nitrogen permit remains in effect, giving the Grand Prix the green light

The circuit from the air. Photo Essay Produkties via Circuit Zandvoort

The environmental permits granted to Zandvoort racecourse can remain in force pending a detailed court ruling, the highest Dutch administrative court has ruled.

The Judgment of the Council of State paves the way for the September Grand Prix to go ahead as planned.

A number of environmental groups had asked the courts to suspend the circuit’s license, until a final decision in their ongoing appeal was made.

They argue that the province of Noord Holland should not have given a permit due to doubts about how the nitrogen emissions generated by the race and the thousands of fans had been calculated.

The Noord-Holland District Court ruled earlier this year that the objections were without merit and that the permit should remain in effect, a decision that green groups are now appealing.

A final decision is not expected until next year.

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