Plans for a Dutch Grand Prix have moved a step closer with the Assen circuit and its local government appointing a race promoter to finalise a Formula 1 deal.
Following months of speculation about a race in the country, Assen now appears to be favourite to stage any event.
The circuit was inspected by F1 race director Charlie Whiting earlier this year, with only small changes required for it to secure the necessary FIA licence.
Circuit chiefs had indicated they would not be interested in staging a grand prix if it had a negative impact on Assen's hosting of the Dutch TT MotoGP event.
Commercial negotiations required to get the event put on the calendar will now be handled by a new company, the Netherlands Grand Prix Foundation.
It has been given the mandate by Assen to sort out an agreement with Liberty Media - acting as promoter in a deal that would result in it leasing the circuit for an F1 race.
The foundation is led by former Assen TT chairman Jos Vaessen.
Vaessen said: "It feels good to be actively involved in hopefully acquiring, promoting and organizing a future F1 Grand Prix in Assen."