Which drivers have previous experience at Zandvoort? Who has previously won at the track? Here’s everything you need to know about each driver’s history at Zandvoort ahead of the 2021 Dutch Grand Prix!
🇬🇧 LEWIS HAMILTON
Lewis Hamilton last raced at Zandvoort in 2005, when he won the Masters of F3 race. He finished six seconds ahead of Adrian Sutil. He had finished seventh in the previous year’s event. Hamilton also raced here in the Formula 3 Euro Series in 2004 and 2005. He finished on the podium in the first of the two races at the 2004 meeting, and won the second race in 2005.
🇫🇮 VALTTERI BOTTAS
Valtteri Bottas says he has “many good memories” of Zandvoort. He became the first driver to win the Masters of F3 race twice, with back-to-back wins in 2009 and 2010. In addition, Bottas raced at the track in 2009 in the Formula 3 Euro Series with ART Grand Prix, where he finished as runner-up in the second race of the meeting. He also finished as runner-up in the first race of the 2010 meeting.
🇳🇱 MAX VERSTAPPEN
Max Verstappen won the Masters of F3 event at Zandvoort in 2014, having qualified in pole position. You can expect the partisan crowd to be willing him on to do the same at the 2021 Dutch Grand Prix.
🇲🇽 SERGIO PEREZ
Sergio Perez raced at Zandvoort in the Formula BMW ADAC series in 2005 and 2006. He was successful at the two races at the circuit in 2006, finishing in fifth and third.
🇦🇺 DANIEL RICCIARDO
Daniel Ricciardo has not been particularly lucky at Zandvoort in the past. The Australian retired from the Masters of F3 event at the circuit in 2009. He appeared here in 2018 as part of a Red Bull media event, alongside Max Verstappen and David Coulthard.
🇬🇧 LANDO NORRIS
Lando Norris raced at Zandvoort in Formula 3 in 2017. It was a successful weekend for the Brit, winning two races and scoring a podium finish in the other. Norris went on to win the F3 title that year.
🇩🇪 SEBASTIAN VETTEL
Sebastian Vettel raced in the Masters of F3 race twice, in 2005 and 2006. He finished eleventh in 2005 and finished sixth in 2006. He also raced here in the Formula 3 Euro Series, and of the four races he finished as runner-up three times, including finishing as runner-up to future F1 rival Lewis Hamilton in the second race in 2005.
🇨🇦 LANCE STROLL
Lance Stroll has previously won at Zandvoort, taking victory in the first race of the weekend at the track in Formula 3 in 2016. Stroll was stripped of pole for the second and third races as his car had suspension irregularities. He also appeared at the circuit in the same series in 2015.
🇪🇸 FERNANDO ALONSO
Other than in sim racing in 2020, Fernando Alonso has no past experience at Zandvoort.
🇫🇷 ESTEBAN OCON
Esteban Ocon last raced at Zandvoort in DTM in 2016. It was his final appearance in the series before joining the Manor team to race in Formula 1.
🇲🇨 CHARLES LECLERC
Charles Leclerc contested three races at Zandvoort in the 2015 Formula 3 European Championship. He finished a best of fifth in the first race of the meeting. He retired from the second race after a big crash following contact with Lance Stroll. Though he was cleared to race, there was concern that his car would not be able to be fixed in time for the next day’s final race. In the end it was, and he finished tenth.
🇪🇸 CARLOS SAINZ
Carlos Sainz has previously raced at Zandvoort in the 2010 Formula BMW Europe season, the 2011 Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup and the 2012 FIA Formula 3 European Championship. Sainz won two races here in 2011 in Formula Renault. He also appeared at the circuit in the Masters of F3 event in 2012. After qualifying second, the Spaniard finished the race in fourth place.
🇫🇷 PIERRE GASLY
Pierre Gasly has not previously raced at Zandvoort. However, he drove an RB7 around the circuit alongside Max Verstappen at a Red Bull event in May 2019.
🇯🇵 YUKI TSUNODA
Yuki Tsunoda has not previously raced at Zandvoort. He would have had the opportunity to do so last year had there been no changes to the original 2020 Formula 2 calendar.
🇫🇮 KIMI RAIKKONEN
Kimi Raikkonen has not raced at Zandvoort before.
🇮🇹 ANTONIO GIOVINAZZI
Antonio Giovinazzi raced at Zandvoort in Formula 3 in 2013 and 2015. He finished on the podium in all three races in 2015, winning the first race of the weekend. Giovinazzi also appeared at the circuit in the Masters of F3 events in 2013 and 2015. He finished tenth in 2013 and won the race in 2015.
🇩🇪 MICK SCHUMACHER
Mick Schumacher has plenty of experience at Zandvoort. He has raced here in ADAC Formula 4 in 2016 in which he scored two podium finishes and in Formula 3 in 2017 and 2018. From his six F3 races here, he finished on the podium only once, with third place in the first race of the 2018 meeting.
🇷🇺 NIKITA MAZEPIN
Like his team-mate, Nikita Mazepin has had previous experience at Zandvoort in Formula 3. He raced here with HiTech GP in both 2016 and 2017, failing to finish above tenth on any of his six outings.
🇬🇧 GEORGE RUSSELL
George Russell raced at Zandvoort in F3 in 2015 and 2016. He finished in the top six in all three races in 2015, and finished in the top ten in all of 2016’s three races. Russell also took part in the Masters of F3 race in 2015, in which he finished as runner-up to Antonio Giovinazzi.
🇨🇦 NICHOLAS LATIFI
Nicholas Latifi raced at Zandvoort in 2013. He appeared here in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship with Carlin. In the three races, he recorded a best result of eighth in the first event. He finished eleventh in the second race and retired from the final race. He also took part in the Masters of Formula 3 race at the track in 2013, where he finished seventh.
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