Senna, Schumacher, Alonso, Hamilton – all have inspired great national pride and seen their home Grand Prix become a focal point for their enthusiastic fans. But perhaps no driver has inspired such a devoted following that’s seen grandstands all over Europe become a sea of orange. Max Verstappen re-ignited a passion for Formula 1 in the Netherlands and it was just a matter of time before the Dutch Grand Prix would be back.
Zandvoort is a historic F1 circuit, following Paul Ricard out of retirement for a nostalgic renaissance. The original track was a regular on the F1 calendar from 1952 to 1985, famous for good racing; infamous for tragedy. The new Zandvoort has lost some of the fast sweeping curves that made the original well-liked but retains the undulating nature among the sand dunes of the North Sea coast.
Originally slated for a 2020 slot, Covid-19 had other plans and Zandvoort had to wait longer than expected to be a Grand Prix host again. When it did return as one of the first races of 2021 to have a large attendance it reminded everyone in F1 why spectators matter.
Scenes in the grandstands echo those of Monza – only orange. For everyone there, and everyone watching at home, the atmosphere was palpable and should ensure a place in F1 for the Dutch Grand Prix for years to come.
Dutch Grand Prix Spectator Tips
- Smoke flares are big at Zandvoort and create a striking visual. But avoid using them on the crucial opening lap where the smoke can block the view of other fans.
- The Dutch GP is one of the most accessible. Leave the car behind and make good use of public transport and cycling access.
- Wear orange.
Although it’s a popular seaside destination in the summer months the early May slot will likely see some chilly days in the grandstands. The exposed position on the North Sea coast can also be subject to a strong breeze.
I’m Danny, an incurable Formula 1 fan for over 30 years and founder of The F1 Spectator. My aim is to inform and inspire, arming you with helpful tips and advice for your next F1 trip.