While the future of racing is in Saudi Arabia, despite yesterday’s attack, the future of racing in Belgium and the Netherlands is also guaranteed to be much more uncertain.
Zandvoort, which, thanks to Dutch fans, is considered one of the most popular venues on the calendar, still does not have a signed long-term contract.
"We have received assurances from Formula One that they want to keep the race on the calendar," Robert van Overdijk, director of Zandvoort, told reporters.
"We have the opportunity to extend the current contract for another two seasons, but there may also be long-term cooperation. The decision is up to the FOM (Formula 1 group). ”
Stefano Domenicali has already emphasized this week that he wants to add new venues to the calendar. However, in order for this to be possible, some existing venues will have to be withdrawn.
“I have long-term cooperation with some venues, while the contract of others is slowly coming to an end. Examples are the races in France and Belgium. ”
Van Overdijk emphasized that the popularity of Zandvoort alone would not be enough to keep the track on the calendar in the long run.
"Our racetrack does not have state support, so we must have agreements with sponsors and race partners before signing a long-term contract."
The long-term future of one of the most legendary racetracks on the Spa-Francorchamps calendar could also be in question. And this despite the fact that a lot of work was done on the racetrack over the winter. This was also emphasized by Gaetan Vigneron, a correspondent for the Belgian television RTBF, but according to him, all is not lost.
“Russia is no longer on the calendar, Spa-Francorchamps is a legendary racetrack. After all, there is also Max Verstappen, who makes sure that this race is practically sold out. Belgium's future in Formula 1 is not lost, but it will be difficult to keep it. "
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