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Dutch Grand Prix
Dutch Grand Prix
The Dutch Grand Prix was set to go ahead last season but fans from Max Verstappen’s country will have to wait a bit longer for a race on their soil due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The circuit is all ready but restrictions mean that hosting the event is still in question for 2021. Hopefully, the race in the dunes at the sweeping Zandvoort circuit will go ahead.
The Dutch Grand Prix
With over four kilometres of corners and a small straight on the start/finish, the circuit of Zandvoort will be quite a challenge for drivers and mechanics. Cars that have enough downforce will feel right at home on the circuit in the dunes. The only question is whether drivers will be as well: it's an unknown track for virtually everyone!
In 1985, the last edition of the Dutch Grand Prix was held at Zandvoort, with racing legend Niki Lauda being crowned the last winner on Dutch soil. In that season, Alain Prost came second and Ayrton Senna completed the podium: three racing legends pushing each other to the limit on the technical circuit.
In 2021, the battle will be between drivers of the new generation, with Ferrari, Red Bull Racing and Mercedes all as front-runners. The drivers from those three teams already have experience at Zandvoort. All six drivers from the top of the field have already driven on the track in the past in Formula 3, or in the special Master of Formula 3. Of course, in completely different cars than the current F1 cars!
What to expect at Zandvoort
Zandvoort is famously a very narrow, technical track, as every F1 driver who earned their stripes in Formula 3 would tell you. The circuit has taken considerable measures to widen the track to create more opportunities for wheel-to-wheel racing, but should still be difficult to overtake on because of the nature of the track. For reference, F3 drivers already complained about the track’s lack of overtaking opportunity, and those cars are not nearly as wide as modern-day F1 cars!
Besides its new, banked final corner on the run to the home straight, Zandvoort is a very twisty track where downforce-heavy set-ups will be the way to go. Typically, Red Bull Racing perform well at bendy tracks like Zandvoort, so the Dutch crowd should be excited to see their country’s hero, Max Verstappen, compete for the win in the first Dutch Grand Prix in over three decades.
|Practice 1||3 September 2021||05:00 - 06:30|
|Practice 2||3 September 2021||09:00 - 10:30|
|Practice 3||4 September 2021||06:00 - 07:00|
|Qualifying||4 September 2021||09:00 - 10:00|
|Race||5 September 2021||09:10 - 11:10|
|Times are in America/New_York Timezone|
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