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The boss of the Zandvoort circuit has acknowledged the possibility of having an alternating European Grand Prix.

Robert van Overdijk, the boss of the Zandvoort circuit, has admitted that the future of the immensely popular Dutch Grand Prix is uncertain. 

The Dutch GP has gained significant popularity since its return to the calendar in 2021 after a 36-year absence. 

The enthusiastic crowd and thrilling racing at Zandvoort have made it a fan-favorite event. 

Recent reports suggest that the event might have to alternate its place on the annual calendar with the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps.

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Van Overdijk revealed that Formula One Management (FOM) intends to reduce the number of races in Europe and is considering implementing a rotation schedule from 2025. 

However, the specific details of such a schedule are yet to be determined.

“While we are ambitious to remain on the calendar every year after 2025, it is not guaranteed,” van Overdijk stated in an interview with Dutch media.

 He highlighted the uncertainty surrounding the future of the Dutch GP and the need to wait for FOM’s decisions.

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The situation for the Dutch GP organizers is further complicated by the local authorities’ plan to impose a tax of EUR 900,000 on the event to cover associated costs. 

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Van Overdijk expressed disagreement with the tax, emphasising the financial benefits brought by the race to the region. However, if implemented, they would have to accept it.

Regarding F1’s proposal for a potential ‘Benelux GP’ rotating between Zandvoort and Spa-Francorchamps, van Overdijk suggested that the final decision rests with FOM. 

He clarified that discussions about the post-2025 period have not taken place yet, as FOM has not reached a verdict.