If you derive pleasure in seeing Formula One cars moving at top speed, this one is for you! No doubt, Formula One racing is intriguing. So, you are not to blame if you love this motorsport. The nicely designed cars, the good-looking drivers in racing overalls, the tracks, or the great camera angles. All of these play a big part in making every lap suspense-filled. The swerve, the tilts, the bends, and the drifts all spice up the appealing nature of the sport.
So, do you feel starved of Formula One action? Not to worry, let’s whet your appetite. One of the most popular Formula One World Championship seasons, the Dutch Grand Prix, is fast approaching. Interesting? This guide will build your anticipation and fill you in on everything you need to know about this great event. Get up to speed with our well-detailed guide.
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This year’s Grand Prix event is set to hold on Thursday, 24th of August, at Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands. We deemed it fit key you in on the competition’s rich history in anticipation of this grand event. Let’s go back in time.
This year will be the first time in a long while that Circuit Zandvoort plays host to this remarkable event after hosting it between the years 1948 and 1985. They fixed the event to return to Zandvoort in 2020 after a 35-year absence due to the massive support from locals for Dutch driver Max Verstappen. However, it was brought to a halt and postponed to the next year(2022) because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Zandvoort Circuit was opened in August 1948 and played host to the “Zandvoort Grand Prix.” A year later, the name was changed to the “Dutch Grand Prix,” and in 1952, the event became recognized as a Formula One event. This placed the event on the global motorsport map.
This Grand Prix did not take place every year between 1950 and 1985. In the year 1972, the Grand Prix didn’t hold. Before this time, there was a move to improve safety after Piers Courage was involved in a fatal accident while driving at Zandvoort in 1970. At that time, the organizers of the Grand Prix couldn’t improve safety due to a lack of funds. Owing to this, drivers declined all offers they got to race there. This led to the event being dropped out of the calendar.
With a much-improved Zandvoort track safe for drivers, Formula 1 returned and continued until 1985. This was also when the company that owned the track ran into debts, and they could no longer use the track.
After months and possibly years of speculation, May 2019 confirmed the return of this Grand Prix. The swift and spectacular rise of Dutch driver Max Verstappen was the driving force behind the event’s return to the Netherlands. Max Verstappen holds the record for the youngest Formula One’s Grand Prix winner after his success in 2015. This has increased the number of Dutch spectators watching in Europe; such has been his impact.
In 2020, the Dutch GP replaced the Spanish Grand Prix as the European Season’s opening race. It was one of the two races fixed for 2020, with the addition of the Vietnam Grand Prix in Hanoi into the mix. It got postponed till 2022 due to the coronavirus. That said, we have got more historical facts in store for you.
Circuit Zandvoort is located among the dunes in a famous seaside resort. It is situated 40km west of Amsterdam on the North Sea Coast. This historical Dutch F1 track has played host to the 30 Dutch Grands Prix. There’s a popular misconception that the Zandvoort track was designed by Dutch Track Designer John Hugenholtz, who’s famous for designing the Suzuka circuit.
In actuality, the track was designed by a group of motorcycling lovers. They designed the track with the assistance of Sammy Davis, the winner of 1927’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The company opened the circuit in 1948. It has a circuit length of 4.307km(14 turns), and the race distance is 72 laps(306.648km). Alain Prost(McLaren) holds the fastest lap record after he finished in 1:16.538 in 1985.
We have got the schedule for this year’s Grand Prix listed below. Check it out.
Here’s a list of all the drivers and teams that will feature this year’s Dutch F1 Grand Prix. Take a look!
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Get prepared for the big Dutch Grand Prix 2023 comeback!