The Dutch Grand Prix in 2021
With more than four kilometres of corners and a small straight at the start/finish, the Zandvoort circuit will be a major challenge for drivers and mechanics. Cars with enough downforce will feel like a fish in water on the track in the dunes. The only question is whether drivers will also be: an almost unknown job for everyone!
In 1985 the last edition of the Dutch Grand Prix was held at Zandvoort, with racing legend Niki Lauda as the last winner on Dutch soil. That season, Alain Prost came in second and Ayrton Senna completed the podium: three racing legends pushing each other to the limit on the technical track.
2021 saw the battle between new-generation drivers, with Red Bull Racing and Mercedes as front-runners. There was already experience with the drivers of those teams at Zandvoort. Hamilton, Verstappen and Bottas have already driven on this track in the Masters of Formula 3 in the past. Of course in completely different cars than the current F1 cars. Max Verstappen secured the victory again in 2022.
What does the race weekend of the Dutch Grand Prix look like?
The first two free practice sessions are scheduled for Friday 25th August. FP1 will start at 11:30am UK time and FP2 at 15:00. A day later, on Saturday 26 August, FP3 and qualifying are scheduled. They start at 10:30 and 14:00 respectively. This is followed by the Dutch Grand Prix itself on Sunday 27th August. It starts at the same time as the other European races.
What time does the Dutch Grand Prix start?
Like all other GPs on the calendar, the Grand Prix of the Netherlands can be followed live in the GPblog.com live blog from one hour before the start of the session. The start time of the Dutch Grand Prix is at 2:00 PM UK time and the race can also be followed live on your local TV option.