The continuing future of the very popular Dutch GP seems unclear beyond the finish of the existing contract through 2023.
That’s even though even Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali admits that the function at Zandvoort is, after only a single season back on the calendar, the stand-out in Europe.
“Initially it had been difficult to create an event due to corona,” the Italian said before this weekends 2022 edition.
“However, I was promised that will be a unique grand prix and I must say that it worked. It certainly was the very best event with regards to atmosphere.
“We’ve lots of interest now from other areas but we only desire to go there should they can offer exactly the same experience as Zandvoort,” Domenicali added.
He admits the circuit still has “work to be achieved” on a number of the facilities, because as the history and surroundings are impressive, “additionally it is getting quite old”.
Nonetheless, Zandvoort continues to provide – with Dutch GP boss Jan Lammers revealing that “a third more spectators” will undoubtedly be trackside this weekend in comparison to 2021.
But that doesnt automatically imply that negotiations for a fresh contract covering 2024 and beyond will undoubtedly be fruitful.
“We have been not concerned about ticket sales,” said Zandvoort circuit director Robert van Overdijk.
“But we also need our partners and the federal government,” he told Algemeen Dagblad. “We are able to only have a meeting if it’s 100 percent funded.”
Former Dutch F1 driver Giedo van der Garde, however, is optimistic.
“Provided that we’ve Max Verstappen, there exists a excellent chance that Formula 1 will stay in Zandvoort in the coming years which is of course excellent.”