Formula 1 to make change which will anger Max Verstappen

Max Verstappen was crowned a three-time Formula 1 world champion last weekend, with several races to spare in 2023.

Max Verstappen is potentially set for just one home race every two years, with it being reported that the Dutch Grand Prix could be rotated with the Belgian Grand Prix from 2026 onwards.

It was announced on Friday morning that the legendary Belgian GP had been offered a new deal keeping it on the calendar until the end of 2025, the same time that the Dutch GP’s contract expires.

According to Het Laatste Nieuws, the two events could rotate from 2026 onwards, when the new power unit regulations are introduced.

Verstappen’s home race only returned to the calendar in 2021 following a 35-year hiatus, with it having become more like a Dutch festival since it returned.

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Zandvoort becomes a sea of orange during the Dutch GP, with it having produced some excellent racing since its return.

This year’s race saw a thrilling Grand Prix with changeable conditions, yet it was still Verstappen who came out on top.

The three-time World Champion has actually won his home race every season since its return, something which delights his adoring fans.

Verstappen has actually addressed the possibility of Zandvoort and Spa-Francorchamps being rotated, with him warning the sport that it might not work.

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“I think many circuits deserve a place on the calendar, but they [F1] also want to make a lot of money. It’s always a difficult story. I think rotating can work wrong too,” Verstappen said in August, as reported by The Express.

Rotating the Dutch GP would likely infuriate Verstappen’s supporters, with F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali having acknowledged that the race has become a “fan favourite”.

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Domenicali appears to be a supporter of the event, which is why they were given a new deal until the end of 2025.

“The Dutch Grand Prix has quickly established itself on the calendar as a fan favourite, bringing incredible energy and a great fan experience every year,” Domenicali said.

“The sold-out events in the last two years have raised the bar in terms of organisation, entertainment, and sustainability, and we are delighted to extend our relationship with them.

“There is huge demand to host F1 races so it is testament to what the team have done to cement Zandvoort on the calendar until 2025 and we can’t wait to return next summer.”