After 35 years, the Dutch Grand Prix, which was held in Zandvoort, is finally back on the Formula 1 calendar.
The popularity of sport in the Netherlands has been growing at a rapid pace since the advent of sport Max Verstappen So in 2015 that an agreement was reached in 2019 that the country would organize Formula 1 races again from 2020.
The Orange Army had to wait a year longer to host another local race because the global pandemic postponed last year’s event, but that wait is finally over.
It also promises to be a spectacular spectacle where up to 70,000 fans can come and watch as Verstappen attempts to reclaim top spot in the championship.
Here’s everything you need to know about the 2021 Dutch Grand Prix…
When is the 2021 Dutch Grand Prix?
Practice 1: Friday 3 September 1130-1230 (UK time 1030-1130)
Exercise 2: Friday 3 September 1500-1600 (1400-1500 UK time)
Third practice: Saturday 4 September 1200-1300 (UK time 1100-1200)
Qualifiers: Saturday 4 September 1500 (1400 UK time)
Race: Sunday 5 September 1500 (UK time 1400)
Where will the 2021 Dutch Grand Prix take place?
https://t.co/THo6f7cgEw Zandvoort Circuit in all its glory 🤩 How excited are you to see @ F1 Going back to work in Zandvoort after all these years? 😏🇳🇱
– Dutch Grand Prix (@f1_dutchgp) August 26, 2021
Zandvoort is certainly not new to the world of Formula 1, having hosted a race for the first time in 1952 and done it 29 times again before the Dutch Grand Prix was removed from the calendar after the 1985 edition.
However, today’s track is slightly different from the one that drivers have walked in the past, with several changes being made before it returns.
The main factor is the introduction of angles of inclination. These banks, whose slope is 19 degrees twice that of the Indianapolis Bank, can be found at the corners of Hugenholtz Bend and Arie Luyendijk Bend, the latter being the last in a bosom.
In total, the 4252 km Features 13 turns, plenty of elevation changes and a number of high-speed sections, with every drawback potentially costly.
The chances of an easy overtaking are rare and drivers will have to take great risks if they pass during the race. Expect to see some great moves.
Where can I watch the 2021 Dutch Grand Prix?
In the UK, Sky Sports pay TV shows every training, qualifying and racing session on its dedicated F1 channel. You can also access a live broadcast of their coverage through Now TV. Channel 4’s free broadcast will broadcast highlights of the race this weekend.
F1 TV Pro viewers can catch all the action live from Zandvoort. Check if F1 TV Pro is available in your country.
Subscribers to the official F1 app will have access to live data during each session of the race on the weekend and radio commentary on race day.
PlanetF1 will provide live timing and expert commentary on every session from FP1 on Friday morning to the race on Sunday afternoon.
The Dutch Grand Prix will be shown live on TV in the following outlets in other major markets:
United States: ESPN
Canada: RDS (French), TSN (English)
Australian: Fox Sports
France: Channel +
Italy: Sky Sport F1
Germany: Sky Sport F1
Netherlands: Ziggo Sport
What is the weather forecast for the 2021 Dutch Grand Prix?
Friday 3 September – 16 c, sunny periods
Saturday 4th September – 17°C, sunny periods
Sunday 5 September – 19 c, sunny shifts
Directions to the Dutch Grand Prix
Zandvoort is a seaside resort located on the coast in the northwest of the Netherlands.
The nearest major city, train station and airport is Amsterdam, and it’s very easy to walk the road from the Dutch capital. That’s why it’s probably best to go there first if you’re traveling from another country by plane or train.
Since the two locations are only 15 miles long, it takes just 40 minutes to drive from town to the track, although the traffic density can make the trip a little longer on weekends.
Even without a car, getting to Zandvoort is no problem. The train from central Amsterdam to Zandvoort aan Zee takes about half an hour, while bus 80 takes a little longer, 50 minutes if the traffic isn’t too bad.
Address: Circuit Park Zandvoort, Burgemeester van Alphenstraat 108, 2041 KP Zandvoort, The Netherlands.
Who are the drivers who won the Dutch Grand Prix?
June 23, 1963
Jim Clark returns victorious after winning the Dutch Grand Prix by more than one lap 😮
– Formula 1 (@F1) June 23, 2020
A fixture on the calendar from the early 1950s to the mid-1980s, a number of legendary drivers savored victory on Dutch soil.
The man who does this regularly is two-time world champion Jim Clark, who was the four-time winning driver. In 1963, 1964, 1965 and 1967.
Jackie Stewart and Niki Lauda have won Zandvoort three times, with the Scots dominating in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and the Austrian winning in 1974, 1977 and 1985.
Alberto Ascari, Jack Brabham, James Hunt and Alain Prost have won twice and no driver has won the race just once. Of course it will change this year.
The last 10 winners of the Dutch Grand Prix are as follows:
1985: Niki Lauda (Austria and McLaren).
1984: Alain Prost (McLaren, France).
1983: Rene Arnaud (France and Ferrari).
1982: Didier Pironi (France and Ferrari).
1981: Alain Prost (France and Renault).
1980: Nelson Piquet (Brazil and Brabham).
1979: Alan Jones (Williams, Australia).
1978: Mario Andretti (VS, Lotus).
1977: Niki Lauda (Austria, Ferrari).
1976: James Hunt (Great Britain and McLaren).
What are the latest F1 Championship standings?
Lewis Hamilton – 202.5 points
Max Verstappen – 199.5 points
Lando Norris – 113 points
Valtteri Bottas – 108 points
Sergio Perez – 104 points
Mercedes – 310.5 points
Red Bull 303.5 points
McLaren – 169 points
Ferrari – 165.5 points
The full standings of the F1 Championship is Here
Tire options at the 2021 Dutch Grand Prix
Given the high-speed sections and crowded corners, it’s no surprise that Pirelli brought a heavier set of tires to the Dutch Grand Prix.
C1 compound will be the hard tire, C2 will be medium and the soft compound will be C3 rubber.
Given the weather at the spa, which is not too far from the track, don’t be surprised to see medium or wet use either.
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