The Dutch Grand Prix in 2021 will not be held until September to ensure that fans are more likely to be present....
Dutch Grand Prix
It's finally here: After 35 years, the Dutch Grand Prix returns to the Formula 1 calendar! After being absent for years, Liberty Media could no longer ignore the demand for a GP on Dutch soil because of the gigantic Dutch Formula 1 fan-base. The dunes of Zandvoort will be the battlefield for Max Verstappen's home race in May 2020!
The Dutch Grand Prix 2020
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 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 2020, the battle will be between drivers of the new generation, with Ferrari, Red Bull Racing and Mercedes 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 does the race weekend of the Dutch Grand Prix look like?
On Friday the 1st of May, the first press conferences are scheduled, just like the first two free practice sessions at Zandvoort. FP1 will start at 11:00 and FP2 at 15:00. Due to the relocation of the press conference, the teams and drivers have a full schedule that day. As there will also be practice in Formula 2 and Formula 3 at Zandvoort, it will be another challenge to fit everything in!
One day later on May 2nd, FP3 and qualifying will be on the agenda. They start respectively at 12:00 and 15:00. After that, the Grand Prix of the Netherlands will follow, on Sunday May 3rd. Just like the other European races, it starts at 14:10 (UK time).
What time does the Dutch Grand Prix start?
Just like all the other GP's on the calendar, the Grand Prix of the Netherlands can be followed live in GPblog's live blog from one hour before the start of the session. The start time of the Dutch Grand Prix is in all likelihood 14:10 UK time and the race can also be followed live on the Sky Sports F1 channel from that time on.
|Practice 1||1 May 2020||05:00 - 06:30|
|Practice 2||1 May 2020||09:00 - 10:30|
|Practice 3||2 May 2020||06:00 - 07:00|
|Qualifying||2 May 2020||09:00 - 10:00|
|Race||3 May 2020||09:10 - 11:10|
|Times are in America/New_York Timezone|
What to expect at Zandvoort
Zandvoort famously is a very narrow, technical track, as every F1 driver who earned their stripes in Formula 3 can 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 Verstappen compete for the win in the first Dutch Grand Prix in over three decades.
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