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European Grand Prix

The European Grand Prix is a Formula One event that was held during the mid-80's and has been held mostly regularly since 1993.

Both incarnations of the event were developed as stopgaps. In 1983, the Formula One schedule initially planned on a Grand Prix race in New York. When the race was cancelled 3 months before the event, track organizers at the Brands Hatch[?] were able to develop a European Grand Prix at the track in its place. The success of the event, buoyed by a spirited battle for the World Championship, led to the event returning on the schedule the following year.

At the time, the Brands Hatch circuit hosted the British GP in even numbered years, alternating with Silverstone[?], so the European GP went to the "new" shorter Nurburgring circuit in 1984. Nurburgring eventually replaced Hockenheim[?] for the following year, so Brands Hatch re-earned the race in 1985. There would be no further alternation for the race, as a race in Hungary replaced it on the calendar.

During the 1992 season, a wealthy Japanese businessman built a very extravagant race track which he hoped to turn into an Asian Grand Prix the following year; a date on the schedule being open after the departure of the Mexican Grand Prix[?]. The remoteness of the track eventually turned off F1, and it instead accepted an offer from Tom Wheatcroft[?] to host a F1 race at Britain's Donington Park[?], a long-sought after dream of Tom's. This race would revive the European Grand Prix tag, and the race would become a classic with Ayrton Senna's famous victory in wet/dry conditions with him essentially lapping the field.

The European race would go to Jerez[?] the following season, and then returned to Nurburgring, which was now popular again with drivers. Because of this it hosted the race again in 1996, but after complaints that no other countries were to get the race, the Nurburgring race was renamed the Luxembourg Grand Prix[?] as Jerez got the race back in 1997. However it was an unpopular race, so after another year with the Luxembourg tag, Nurburgring was the hosts of the European Grand Prix again, a race it has now hosted for the last 5 years.

Past Winners:


  • Brands Hatch (1984, 1986)
  • Nurburgring (1985, 1995-96, 1999-)
  • Donington Park (1993)
  • Jerez (1994, 1997)

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