FORMULA 1 HEINEKEN DUTCH GRAND PRIX 2022
Time and Location
4 Sept, 6:00 am – 8:00 am GMT-7
Circuit Zandvoort, Burgemeester van Alphenstraat 108, 2041 KP Zandvoort, Netherlands
Home of the Flying Dutchman is this circuit that is known as a real ‘old school’ track with fast, banked and challenging corners, shaped by the natural dunes. The Zandvoort track swoops and flows through the sand dunes, creating a rollercoaster-like feel to the lap. And while the circuit was modernised in time for F1’s most recent return – including increasing the banking angle at the famous Tarzan corner to an Indianapolis Motor Speedway-trumping 18 degrees – Zandvoort remains a proper, challenging drivers’ track. With a circuit length of 4.3 kilometres, it ranks among the shorter tracks on the F1 calendar. Hardly anywhere else, drivers zoom past the race fans this often! The short pit lane allows for three-stop strategies.
Like Silverstone, Zandvoort was first opened in 1948, part of the wave of post-war motorsport enthusiasm that swept across Europe. Originally made up of a mixture of permanent track and public roads that snaked through the sand dunes of the Zandvoort resort town, the Dutch Automobile Racing Club – who initiated the plans for the circuit – brought in 1927 Le Mans winner Sammy Davis to consult on the layout for the original 4.2km track.
Formula 1 arrived in the Dutch dunes in 1952, with Alberto Ascari dominating the race as he led home a 1-2-3 for Ferrari. Formula 1 would go on to race on and off at the track until 1985 – before, in 2019, the announcement came that the championship would return to Zandvoort for 2020, after a 35-year hiatus. The Covid-19 pandemic meant that became 36 years and a 2021 date.
Most Successful Driver(s)
Jim Clark (4 wins)
Max Verstappen (2021)