Nelson Valkenburg and Melroy Heemskerk will provide commentary for the Dutch Formula 1 broadcasts from 2022.

Formula 1 provider NENT reports this in conversation with





The news means that the career of Olav Mol, who has been the permanent voice of Formula 1 since the early 1990s, is coming to an end for the time being.

"Nelson will be the main commentator and Melroy will be the co-commentator," explains NENT CEO Peter Nørrelund.

"NENT has many years of experience beating Formula 1. We think it is the right way to beat the sport with a duo consisting of a commentator and an expert."

Mol is currently commenting on Ziggo Sport.

"I have a lot of respect for Olav Mol, who played an important part in Formula 1 in the Netherlands," said Nørrelund.

"However, we also have our vision of producing Formula 1. We will soon have fifteen people on location to present the sport at a very high level in the Netherlands."

Mol has been commenting on Formula 1 races since 1991.

He did that for years for RTL and SBS.

Since 2013, Formula 1 has not been permanently visible on the open net.

During the transition to Sport 1, there were also some skirmishes around the appointment of Mol, which meant that he could not be heard at all races that season.

Since then, Mol has been the regular commentator again, supplemented by pit reporter Jack Plooij.

From next year, the Formula 1 races will only be available to watch via the streaming service of Viaplay, a subsidiary of NENT.

The Swedish company has acquired the broadcasting rights from Ziggo Sport.

According to Nørrelund, the new commentary duo has been extensively tested in recent weeks.

The rights are fixed up to and including 2024.

All races and associated programs about Formula 1 will be shown via the streaming service.

Six Grands Prix will soon be free to watch, including the race in Zandvoort.