F1 CEO reveals Zandvoort could alternate on calendar

Stefano Domenicali says that Max Verstappen’s home Grand Prix could “rotate every other year with a different race”.

Formula One chief executive Stefano Domenicali has revealed that Zandvoort is under consideration for a rotational spot on the calendar.

Confirmed:

  • Zandvoort is currently contracted to Formula One until 2025
  • Option to extend contract still on the table, but alternating years with another circuit is being considered

Context:

Formula One recently announced a record-breaking 2024 calendar, with 24 races set to go ahead next year. As China finally returns for the first time since 2019, series organisers are fast-reaching capacity when it comes to the amount of races that can be staged in one year. Zandvoort recently matched its 2022 attendance as 305,000 watched Max Verstappen win his record-equalling ninth race in a row.

Comment:

Domenicali told Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf: “The future for Zandvoort looks bright anyway. In the conversation on Friday morning we already talked about the future. Everything is still open. Either we continue in this way, or we rotate every other year with a different race. Together we will see what the best option is. But I say it again – everything looks very good. I cannot imagine that our cooperation will end soon.”

Consequence:

Exponential growth has been the goal of the Formula One calendar for some time, but there is always a limit. Domenicali has previously spoken about his desire to see races in new markets, previously referencing the likes of London, South Africa and East Asia. If this dream is to be achieved, then it is the European races that are first to meet the axe – just ask the organisers of the French Grand Prix. With the French race seeking a return on a rotational basis, and a similar fate likely to befall the Belgian Grand Prix, this may become the norm for many races as Formula One seeks to expand.

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