FIA race director Michael Masi visited the Zandvoort circuit this week to discuss the planned changes ahead of Formula 1’s return to the venue next year.
The delegation spent four hours inspecting the 4.3-kilometre track which has been added to the 2020 F1 calendar. The proposed changes are expected to be put before the FIA Circuits Commission in August in order for construction work to begin in November.
Dromo founder and head of circuit design Jarno Zaffelli told RaceFans “we were positively impressed by FIA attitude in supporting our vision.”
“Michael was very professional and collaborative, supporting solutions that might be groundbreaking to increase the show in F1.”
RaceFans understands one proposed change to the track involves adding a steep banking to the final corner, to allow F1 cars to pass through it flat-out while using DRS to aid overtaking, and to reduce the amount of run-off needed at this part of the track.
However it is not clear whether it will be possible to complete the work in time for F1’s expected return in May. F1’s official tyre supplier Pirelli has raised concerns that adding a steep banking will require teams to use much higher tyre pressures, which will negatively affect the cars’ handling elsewhere around the circuit.
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