F1 CEO opens door to potential bad news for Max Verstappen

Max Verstappen has excelled at every Dutch Grand Prix he has raced at with Red Bull.

Formula 1 CEO and president Stefano Domenicali has revealed that the talks have taken place with Zandvoort bosses over the “future” of the Dutch Grand Prix, with several options having been discussed.

The Dutch GP returned to the calendar in 2021 and has been a massive success, mostly due to the dominance of home racer Max Verstappen.

Verstappen has won the Dutch GP every season since it’s return, with him chasing a third consecutive win at Zandvoort on Sunday.

The historic venue throws up an unusual challenge, with its fast and flowing nature.

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As it stands, the Dutch GP is only contracted until 2025, meaning that it’s at least safe for two more years.

Domenicali is clearly a big fan of the event and admits it’s set the “bar very high”, especially given the fact it doesn’t receive government support.

“You now see that the promoters of other races want to follow this example – and to think that Zandvoort does not receive any support from the government,” Domenicali told De Telegraaf.

“Something fantastic has been achieved here and I would like to take the opportunity again to be grateful for that,” he added.

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“With the atmosphere, the fans and the sustainable approach, Zandvoort is an example for many other races. They have set the bar very high.”

Despite Domenicali being very happy with the circuit and the Dutch GP, there is a possibility that it could alternate with another venue in the future, meaning it’d only be seen every other year.

The F1 president wants to discover the “best option” for the circuit and the sport, but he’s hopeful that the two will continue working together for a long time.

“The future for Zandvoort looks bright anyway,” Domenicali insisted.

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“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.”