The Dutch Grand Prix will provide a ‘truly unique’ experience for fans, emphasizes former Dutch F1 driver Jan Lammers, who returns this weekend after 36 years off the schedule.
- Formula 1 returns to the Netherlands this weekend for the first time in 36 years
- It will take place on Sunday at the renewed CM.com Circuit Zandvoort
- Former Dutch F1 driver Jan Lammers says the circuit is like no other
The Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort this weekend promises to be a fast-paced race on a unique track where organizers hope their innovations will make up for a potential lack of overtaking.
“This is a very fast track, the average speed will be very high,” said former Formula 1 driver and Zandvoort Jan Lammers on the eve of the event.
‘The newly introduced angled bends in particular make it really unique. There is no other circuit like this in Formula 1.’
For the first time in 36 years, the Netherlands is organizing a Formula 1 race on Sunday
Race organizers spent around £12.8 million (15 million euros) on the renovation of the picturesque circuit in the dunes 25 km (15 miles) west of Amsterdam, which has been a regular feature of F1 for decades but has since of the 1980s was shunned as obsolete.
The most notable new features on the 4,259km circuit are two steep corners, one of which leads to the straight and has been specifically designed to help drivers reach top speed earlier before reaching the line.
Many drivers are looking forward to taking the corners but have expressed doubts about overtaking opportunities on the old-school track, which leaves little room for error.
“It will be difficult to overtake,” Lammers said. “But it won’t be impossible and Monaco has shown that a race can also be exciting without many overtaking opportunities.”
Former F1 driver and Zandvoort born Jan Lammers says the renewed circuit is unique
The prospect of limited overtaking opportunities will put pressure on Saturday’s qualifying and pose a challenge to the mechanics who have to compensate for the effects of the increasing corners and the fact that no driver has yet driven on the new track.
“It requires extra skills in the set-up of the car,” Lammers said.
“It’s always a compromise between going for the fastest lap and focusing on the length of the race. In the end, most teams will probably go for the quick lap and it will be interesting to see who will find the best solution.”