The Formula 1 World Championship is heading for the second race of a triplet that will put an end to the European season. The Dutch Grand Prix arrives with Max Verstappen as the leader of the world championship and an extraordinary atmosphere is expected in the Zandvoort stands to push him to another victory.
Of course, it will not be easy at all. The tables have turned and now this type of mouse circuits seems to benefit Ferrari more, which shines when cornering. The Italians have already ruined the Red Bull party in Austria, and now they will try not to screw up again and win at Zandvoort as well.
Zandvoort is a Ferrari circuit, but Verstappen arrives very fit
By circuit configuration Ferrari should be favorite. It was in Monaco, it was in Hungary and Zandvoort is another circuit of the same cut. But it is evident that those from Maranello are not exactly in their best form, rather they are the house of trouble, and morale is very low.
By contrast, Red Bull arrives very fit. What we saw in Spa was scary, and if they confirm it in Zandvoort the second half of the season will have very little history. Verstappen races at home and already won last seasonso he must be the big favorite considering the great form in which he arrives.
What is clear is that in the Netherlands we will not see the panorama of penalties for engine changes that we had in Spa. It is a narrow and twisty circuit, with little space for overtaking and in which qualifying will be essential. We will see if Carlos Sainz manages to capture his good streak.
It shouldn’t be a bad circuit for Mercedes either based on what we saw at the Hungaroring. Lewis Hamilton broke his streak at Spa by crashing into Fernando Alonso, which has allowed George Russell to regain a certain advantage in the battle that both have in the general classification. The first victory is still resisting.
Alonso shone at Zandvoort last season, so maybe it’s another great opportunity to extend the points lead with McLaren in the constructors’ standings. Alpine is increasingly establishing itself as the fourth team on the grid, a bit in a nobody’s zone, far from the leaders and the pursuers.
Finally, Aston Martin progresses more and more. Sebastian Vettel scored again in Spa, and in the middle of the grid they are getting closer to Alpine and McLaren, who have the leading voice. We will see if Alonso’s future team also shines in a circuit as different as Zandvoort.
Jim Clark is the driver with the most victories in the temple of Max Verstappen
This year’s will be the 32nd Formula 1 Grand Prix at the Zandvoort circuit, but only the second since the Dutch Grand Prix returned to the calendar at the hands of Max Verstappen. A mouse circuit that does not give rise to too many errors and has some spectacular areas.
By victories, the driver who has won the most Formula 1 races at the Zandvoort circuit is Jim Clark, who scored up to four wins in the ’60s. With three are Jackie Stewart and Niki Lauda. How could it be otherwise, last season’s race was won by Max Verstappen.
Regarding the brands Zandvoort does not escape Ferrari’s dominance either. Those from Maranello have scored up to eight victories in the Dutch race, a record that could increase this year. The second brand that has won the most at Zandvoort is Lotus with six, a sign of the era in which this circuit shone.
Regarding the Spanish drivers, the best result in Zandvoort is Fernando Alonso’s sixth place in 2021, when he finished just ahead of Carlos Sainz. In fact, apart from them, only one other Spanish driver has raced in Formula 1 at Zandvoort. It was Àlex Soler-Roig, who participated in the 1971 race with a March. He started seventeenth but dropped out.
Small changes to Friday and Saturday schedules
This season the emission rights of Formula 1 in Spain owns them DAZN exclusively, although Movistar Plus + will continue to puncture its signal on the DAZN channel that it offers on its platform. A fairly mild weekend is expected at Zandvoort, without too many chances of rain in any session.
As for the schedules, this weekend we will have the traditional Grand Prix format, but there are some changes. The race continues on Sunday at 15:00, but Saturday’s classification is one hour earlier than usual, and it will also be at 15:00. The free ones are not free from these small variations either.
Netherlands GP Timetables 2022
– (FP1) Free practice: 12:30
– (FP2) Free practice: 16:00
– (FP3) Free practice: 12:00
– (Q) Classification: 15:00
– (RAC) Career: 15:00
Source: Motorpasión by www.motorpasion.com.
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