While all the top 16 grid slots have recorded podium finishes at the Dutch Grand Prix, only 19th has failed to score. Here’s everything you need to know about the history of each grid slot at Zandvoort!
THE STATS IN BRIEF
- 3rd has had the most top ten finishes
- All top 16 grid slots have had podium finishes
- 13th retired from last ten of the last eleven races
- 19th never scored and retired from last eight races it started
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Max Verstappen won last year’s Dutch Grand Prix from pole position. In the final Zandvoort race during the Dutch Grand Prix’s first stint on the calendar, back in 1985, Nelson Piquet became the first polesitter to finish in a position outside of the points as he came home in eighth place. Before that, all nineteen occasions where the polesitter had finished were within the top six. The Dutch Grand Prix has been won from pole thirteen times. The polesitter has failed to finish eleven times; including twice in the last five Zandvoort races.
The driver starting second at Zandvoort has had more points-scoring races than drivers starting from any other grid slot, with 21 finishes within the top six. All of those points-scoring races were podium finishes, with Clay Regazzoni in 1975 being the only driver to finish third from this position. Despite all of these stats, five of the last seven Dutch Grands Prix resulted in the driver who started second retiring.
Third on the grid holds the record for most top ten finishes at Zandvoort, with 22 in total. There have been thirteen podium finishes from third on the grid, but James Hunt’s victory in 1975 is the only win to have come from third at Zandvoort.
Of the top eight grid slots, fourth has had the most non-finishes, with fourteen. Two of those have been in the last four Zandvoort races. There have been two wins from fourth on the grid at Zandvoort – for Didier Pironi in 1982 and for Niki Lauda in 1977.
There have been two wins from fifth on the grid at the Dutch Grand Prix. Jackie Stewart won from here in 1968 and Nelson Piquet was victorious in 1980. There have been three retirements in the last six races at this circuit, but of the races which the driver starting here has finished, they have scored more often than not.
Sixth is the highest grid slot to have never won the Dutch Grand Prix. Its best result is second place, scored by Niki Lauda in 1984. On all eighteen occasions that the driver starting here has finished the race, they have finished within the top ten.
The driver starting seventh at Zandvoort has finished in the top ten 21 times. With just nine non-finishes, this grid slot has had the least retirements from any grid slot in the top eleven. No driver has won from here, but there have been seven podium finishes from seventh on the grid. Last year, Anotnio Giovinazzi finished only fourteenth having started here.
The driver starting eighth failed to finish all of the last three Dutch Grands Prix in its first stint on the F1 calendar. In the last seven Zandvoort races, the driver starting eighth recorded six DNFs. Esteban Ocon turned those fortunes around in 2021 with a ninth place finish, becoming the first driver to score from this grid slot since 1978. This grid slot has supplied only one podium finish, which was a win for Jim Clark in 1967.
The ninth grid slot was not classified in any of the last four races at Zandvoort up to 1985, but Fernando Alonso finished sixth having started here in 2021. The driver starting ninth retired from three of the last five Dutch Grands Prix and was disqualified from proceedings in 1983. From the top ten grid slots, ninth has had the most non-classified results in total, with sixteen. From the last eleven races at the track, Elio de Angelis’ fifth place in 1981 and Alonso’s sixth last year are the only time the grid slot has been classified.
The driver starting tenth at the Dutch Grand Prix could be in for a good afternoon if past form is anything to go by. The driver starting here has won two of the last four races at Zandvoort. Rene Arnoux won from tenth on the grid in 1983, while Niki Lauda repeated the feat in 1985. It’s the furthest back grid slot to have won the event. This grid slot has gone the longest at the track without a retirement, the last being in 1981. In 2021, Daniel Ricciardo finished eleventh, becoming the first driver to fail to score from this position since 1982.
The driver starting eleventh at the Dutch Grand Prix has suffered more non-finishes than any other grid slot. The driver starting here has retired twenty times, including eight times consecutively between 1970 and 1978 and three times in the last four races at the track. The best result recorded from here is third, by Pedro Rodriguez in 1968.
Twelfth on the grid has resulted in three points-scoring races in the last five Dutch Grands Prix. That included a podium finish for Nigel Mansell in 1984, the only top three result from this grid slot. There have been only eight retirements from twelfth – the second-least of any position in the top twenty. There have also been eighteen top ten finishes from this grid slot – the most of any from ninth on the grid and further back.
Until 2021, the longest active streak of non-finishes at the Dutch Grand Prix was held by the thirteenth grid slot. The driver starting here failed to finish all of the last ten races at Zandvoort and Andrea de Cesaris failed to even make the start in 1981. This grid slot has scored three times. Felice Bonetto and José Froilán González shared a drive to score a podium finish from here in 1953, while Chris Amon’s finished fifth in 1964. In 2021, Lando Norris picked up a single point with a tenth place finish.
Just three Dutch Grands Prix have resulted in points being scored for the driver starting fourteenth at Zandvoort. It’s a grid position which has provided one podium finish, a second place for Dan Gurney in 1963. Six of the last ten Zandvoort races resulted in the driver starting fourteenth retiring.
The driver starting fifteenth has retired from three of the last four Dutch Grands Prix, but the occasion that they did reach the end resulted in a third place finish for John Watson in 1983. It’s one of two podium finishes to have come from this position, the other also being a third place finish for Jody Scheckter in 1977. In total, the driver lining up fifteenth has scored on six occasions and finished in the top ten fourteen times.
Sixteenth is the furthest back grid slot from which a podium finish has been recorded at Zandvoort. That podium was for Jean-Pierre Beltoise, who finished as runner-up in 1968. It’s one of three times that the driver starting here has scored points, the other two times being in the last four races at the track. Mauro Baldi finished sixth in 1982, while Michele Alboreto finished fourth in 1985.
The last three Dutch Grands Prix before 2021 resulted in retirements for the driver starting seventeenth on the grid. From the 27 Zandvoort races where a driver has started from seventeenth, there have been seven top ten finishes and three points-scoring races. Emerson Fittipaldi has the best result from here, finishing fourth in 1977.
The driver starting eighteenth has scored points only three times at the Dutch Grand Prix. All three of those were sixth places, which were taken in the last seven races at the track. The last three races at Zandvoort resulted in retirements for the driver starting eighteenth.
Of the top twenty grid slots, nineteenth is the only one to have never scored at the Dutch Grand Prix. Four top ten finishes have been scored from here, with a best result of seventh for Hans-Joachim Stuck in 1977. That was the last time a driver starting from this position finished the race. The nineteenth grid slot failed to finish all of the last eight races at Zandvoort in which a driver started here.
The best result for the driver starting twentieth at the Dutch Grand Prix is fifth, recorded by Jacky Ickx in 1979; a race in which all but four cars who started ahead of him retired. It’s one of two times that the grid slot has provided a top six finish, the other occasion being a sixth place for Gijs Van Lennep in 1973.
In 2021, Nicholas Latifi and Sergio Perez became the first drivers to start the Dutch Grand Prix from the pit lane. Sergio Perez scored points with an eighth place finish, while Nicholas Latifi came home in sixteenth place.
After graduating in 2015 with a First Class honours degree in English Language and Literature, Nicky Haldenby, a lifelong fan of Formula 1, founded the Lights Out F1 Blog in 2016. The blog has become a firm fan-favourite, delving deep into the sport’s history books and lifting the cover on unusual F1 statistics.
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