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Dutch Grand Prix

Everything you need to know about the Dutch Grand Prix

Round 14 - August 25th - 27th

History

Circuit Zandvoort, is a motor racing circuit located in Zandvoort, the Netherlands. The circuit was originally built in 1948 and hosted its first Dutch Grand Prix in the same year. The circuit has since undergone several renovations and upgrades, including a major redesign in the early 2000s.

The current track is 4.259 km (2.646 mi) long and features 14 turns, including several high-speed corners and a banked corner that is unique on the Formula One calendar. The track is known for its challenging layout and its proximity to the North Sea, which can create windy and unpredictable conditions.

The Circuit Zandvoort is a favorite among drivers, who appreciate the challenging layout and the passionate Dutch fans who come out to support the race. The circuit is also known for its excellent facilities, including the renovated paddock area and the newly constructed grandstands.

The Dutch Grand Prix made its to return to the Formula One calendar in 2021 after a 35-year absence, with the Circuit Zandvoort hosting the race. The event was expected to be highly popular, with a strong local interest and a historic significance for Dutch motorsport.

In addition to hosting the Dutch Grand Prix, the Circuit Zandvoort also hosts a variety of other motor racing events, including the DTM touring car championship and the FIA GT World Cup. The circuit is also open to the public for driving experiences, guided tours, and other events throughout the year.

The Zandvoort circuit was built in 1948, when the Dutch Automobile Racing Club initiated the construction of the track, using a mix of public roads and some permanent parts. The first ever race held by the circuit took place in 1952, with Alberto Ascari winning the track's inaugural race, leading a Ferrari 1-2-3 finish. The circuit would be abandoned after 1985, with F1 returning to the Dutch dunes 36 years later, for the 2021 Dutch Grand Prix.

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Circuit Zandvoort

Turns: 14
DRS Zones: 2
Circuit Length: 4.259 km (2.646 mi)
Total Race Distance: 306.587 km (190.504 mi)
Number of Laps: 72
Lap Record: 1:11.097 (Lewis Hamilton, 2021)

What happened at the 2023 Dutch Grand Prix

Max Verstappen took his third home victory in a row at Zandvoort. The win meant he tied Sebastian Vettel for most consecutive race wins with nine and he could easily break that record at next weekend's Italian Grand Prix. The race win did not come easily however with mixed conditions on lap 1 and then again on lap 62 saw lots of pitlane action. The race itself set a new record for most overtakes in a race with 186. Lap 3 of the race alone saw 63 overtakes an astonishing number considering that the track is known for being tight and narrow but the conditions opened up for an entertaining race.

Liam Lawson made his F1 race debut after Daniel Ricciardo suffered a crash in FP2 which saw him break a bone in his hand. The Australian driver was taken into surgery to insert screws and rods into his hand by Dr Mir who is widely known in MotoGP for helping riders with injuries. AlphaTauri confirmed the Monday after the race that Ricciardo would be sitting out the weekend in Monza due to the injury and Lawson would once again be replacing him at the team. The injury does not come at a great time for Ricciardo who has just made his F1 return after Red Bull decided to replace Nyck De Vries with the Australian driver.

The podium saw Fernando Alonso make a return to the rostrum after a tough run of form for the Aston Martin team but things looked different with Alonso managing to hold Perez at bay in third place and keeping within touching distance of Verstappen. Meanwhile it was heartbreak for Perez who was given a 5 second penalty for speeding in the pitlane meaning Pierre Gasly made a welcome return to the podium too for Alpine. The French team look to have turned things around after recent months of speculation considering their form and senior management leaving. It was Gasly's first podium since the 2021 season in Baku.

Will Verstappen breaking Vettel's 10 year record of most consecutive race wins? The Italian Grand Prix is just one weekend away at the temple of speed in Monza.

Last 5 Winners

2023: Max Verstappen, Red Bull
2022: Max Verstappen, Red Bull
2021: Max Verstappen, Red Bull
1985: Niki Lauda, McLaren
1984: Alain Prost, McLaren

FORMULA 1 HEINEKEN DUTCH GRAND PRIX 2023 SCHEDULE

Friday August 25th:
Practice 1 (FP1) : 12:30 - 13:30
Practice 2 (FP2): 16:00 - 17:00

Saturday August 26th:
Practice 3 (FP3): 11:30 - 12:30
Qualifying: 15:00 - 16:00

Sunday August 27th:
Race Start: 14:00

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