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I had little idea what to expect when I rolled up for my first Dutch GP at Zandvoort in 2021 but I left impressed. Impressed by the track and the surrounds but more so by the Dutch fans. In ’21 and ’22 they were on par with the most enthusiastic and passionate fans I’ve seen and rivalled the boisterous Italian Tifosi.

Zandvoort is a small town on the coast, 43 kilometres from Amsterdam.

Public transport is the best option for spectators to access the track as the roads into the town are blocked to all but official F1 traffic over the event.

F1 Dutch Crowd


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If you’re not Dutch, you’ll want to try the stroopwafels, if only to silence the locals who implore you to give them a go. These sweet treats are a national treasure and available everywhere so make sure you give them a go.

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There are few quality hotels in the town, the closest and largest being Hotel NH which is at the main entrance to the track: it’s where many of the drivers and a number of teams stay. There are numerous hotels near the airport which is closer to the track than Amsterdam and with a media parking pass, I was able to get to the track in pretty good time.

If you’re staying in Amsterdam you’ll love the social scene. If it’s your first time in the city, the bicycle parking stations will amaze you and of course the red light area draws plenty of punters.

The track also boasts the longest distance between the hospitality paddock and the garages (200metres) which allows those in the grandstand on the other side of the track the chance to see the drivers heading to and from the garages.

I am a big fan of this race. See you there.

F1 Dutch Race Crowd



The track is a mere 4.3kms in length, in fact only Monaco is shorter which means you get 72 chances to glimpse the field pass by during the Dutch race. What makes Zandvoort unique are the two banked corners, turns 3 and 14. The final corner (14) boasts a monster gradient of 19 degrees and provides the drivers with an opportunity to take it flat out.

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Lewis Hamilton (2021)

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Dutch Grand Prix Results 2023

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Position Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:20.965 1:18.856 1:10.567
2 Lando Norris McLaren 1:21.276 1:19.769 1:11.104
3 George Russell Mercedes 1:21.345 1:19.620 1:11.294
4 Alexander Albon Williams 1:20.939 1:19.399 1:11.419
5 Fernando Alonso Aston Martin 1:21.840 1:19.429 1:11.506
6 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1:21.321 1:19.929 1:11.754
7 Sergio Pérez Red Bull 1:21.972 1:19.856 1:11.880
8 Oscar Piastri McLaren 1:21.231 1:19.392 1:11.938
9 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:22.019 1:19.600 1:12.665
10 Logan Sargeant Williams 1:22.036 1:20.067 1:16.748
11 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 1:21.570 1:20.121
12 Pierre Gasly Alpine F1 Team 1:21.735 1:20.128
13 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:21.919 1:20.151
14 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 1:21.781 1:20.230
15 Nico Hülkenberg Haas F1 Team 1:21.891 1:20.250
16 Guanyu Zhou Alfa Romeo 1:22.067
17 Esteban Ocon Alpine F1 Team 1:22.110
18 Kevin Magnussen Haas F1 Team 1:22.192
19 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo 1:22.260
20 Liam Lawson AlphaTauri 1:23.420
Position Driver Team Time Points
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull 2:24:04.411 25
2 Fernando Alonso Aston Martin +3.744 19
3 Pierre Gasly Alpine F1 Team +7.058 15
4 Sergio Pérez Red Bull +10.068 12
5 Carlos Sainz Ferrari +12.541 10
6 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes +13.209 8
7 Lando Norris McLaren +13.232 6
8 Alexander Albon Williams +15.155 4
9 Oscar Piastri McLaren +16.580 2
10 Esteban Ocon Alpine F1 Team +18.346 1
11 Lance Stroll Aston Martin +20.087 0
12 Nico Hülkenberg Haas F1 Team +20.840 0
13 Liam Lawson AlphaTauri +26.147 0
14 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo +27.388 0
15 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri +29.893 0
16 Kevin Magnussen Haas F1 Team +31.410 0
17 George Russell Mercedes +55.754 0
18 Guanyu Zhou Alfa Romeo 0
19 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 0
20 Logan Sargeant Williams 0

Dutch Grand Prix Guide

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