2021 Dutch Grand Prix Preview

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Following a farcical Belgian Grand Prix at Spa Francorchamps last weekend, Formula One now heads to Zandvoort, Netherlands, for the 2021 Dutch Grand Prix.

This races marks the return of the Dutch GP after a 36 year absence although it was set to return in 2020 until the Coronavirus pandemic forced an extended 16 month delay of its comeback.

Home favourite, Max Verstappen comes into this race looking to clinch a second consecutive home win after winning in his birth country last weekend, yet faces tough opposition as Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton look to win his 100th Grand Prix in the backyard of his title rival.

Further back, various midfield battles continue to bubble away whilst Williams look to consolidate their newfound confidence with another strong weekend.

Now here is everything that you need to know ahead of the 2021 Dutch Grand Prix.

 

Track Guide

Circuit: Zandvoort Circuit

Laps: 72

Race Distance: 306.648km

Tyre Compounds: C1, C2 & C3

 

Schedule

Date Session Time (BST)
Friday 3 September 2021 FP1 10:30am
Friday 3 September 2021 FP2 2:00pm
Saturday 4 September 2021 FP3 11:00am
Saturday 4 September 2021 Qualifying 2:00pm
Sunday 5 September 2021 Race 2:00pm

 

Five Key Pointers

  • Given the high-speed sweeping nature of the circuit, Zandvoort will require low downforce and top speed in order to maximise performance across a single lap.
  • Cornering and braking could well be key at Turns One, Three, 10 and the last two corners in order to defend position in the race.
  • With a super long pit straight towards Turn One, the tow could very well prove key in Qualifying so expect to see teams opt to strategically send their drivers out to act as tow for one another in turns.
  • Turns Three and 14 features banking which is a rarity in modern F1 so drivers face a tough test in understanding which line to take in order to maximise performance of their car and driving style.
  • Early weather forecasts predict a risk of heavy showers for Sunday’s race which will pose a huge challenge in the banked corners depending on the rainfall, on top of no wet weather data available.

 

Race Recaps

If missed any of the 12 previous rounds of the 2021 season, please click on the links below to catch up on the missed action.

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