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
- The acrid-smelling smoke flares are now banned at Zandvoort. Show your support by chanting ‘Super Max!’ but smoke signals are so 2021.
- The Dutch GP is one of the most accessible and sustainable. Leave the car behind and make good use of public transport and cycling access.
- Wear orange.
Weather & ClimateZandvoort Weather
Zandvoort is a popular seaside destination in the summer months and hot, sunny days are the norm. The exposed position on the North Sea coast can provide a welcome breeze but there’s very little shade at the circuit so plan accordingly.
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.