F1 Team Form: Dutch Grand Prix

Which teams have the most previous experience at Zandvoort? Which teams didn’t exist when F1 visited the Netherlands in the 1980s? Here’s everything you need to know about each team’s history at the Dutch Grand Prix!

MERCEDES

WINS: 1, POLES: 1, PODIUMS: 4 | 2021 RESULT: HAMILTON 2nd, BOTTAS 3rd

If you trace the Mercedes team’s roots back through its various buyers over the years, you get to Tyrrell, who competed in Formula 1 from 1970 through to 1998, when the team became BAR. The Tyrrell team scored a 1-2 finish at the event in 1973, with Jackie Stewart leading home Francois Cevert. It’s the only time the team had a podium finish at Zandvoort. They’d pick up points at the Dutch Grand Prix only three more times, with fifth place finishes in 1976 and 1980, and sixth for Michele Alboreto in 1983.

Mercedes themselves raced in the Dutch Grand Prix only once prior to 2021, in 1955. They scored a 1-2 finish on that day, with Juan Manuel Fangio leading home Stirling Moss. The Dutch Grand Prix was the first event since the 1955 Le Mans disaster, an event which led to Mercedes pulling out of Formula 1 and not returning as a factory team until 2010. On their Dutch Grand Prix return in 2021, the Mercedes was not a match for Max Verstappen’s Red Bull. Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas qualified in second and third respectively and went on to finish in the same positions. Hamilton stole the fastest lap of the race from his team-mate on the final lap.

RED BULL

WINS: 1, POLES: 1, PODIUMS: 1 | 2021 RESULT: VERSTAPPEN 1st, PEREZ 8th

Red Bull Racing started life as Stewart, who didn’t appear on the grid until 1997 – twelve years after the end of the Dutch Grand Prix’s first stint on the calendar. On their first appearance at Zandvoort, Red Bull took pole and the win thanks to home star Max Verstappen. Sergio Perez had a less successful weekend. He was eliminated in Q1 but fought back to eighth place over the course of the Grand Prix.

FERRARI

WINS: 8, POLES: 7, PODIUMS: 24 | 2021 RESULT: LECLERC 5th, SAINZ 7th

Ferrari have been present at every Dutch Grand Prix held so far, except the 1973 event. The team have had more Dutch Grand Prix wins than anyone else, with eight in total – five of those being 1-2 finishes. They also lead the way for podium finishes, with 24. Ferrari have had only five point-less visits to Zandvoort, two of those being in the last five races at the track, with double DNFs in 1981 and 1984.

Last year, both Ferrari drivers qualified in the top six. That was despite a crash for Carlos Sainz in the final practice session. Both drivers went on to score. Charles Leclerc finished where he started in fifth place, while Sainz recorded six points with his seventh place finish.

McLAREN

WINS: 3, POLES: 1, PODIUMS: 7 | 2021 RESULT: NORRIS 10th, RICCIARDO 11th

McLaren have competed in every running of the Dutch Grand Prix since 1966. They were the team in form at the end of the track’s first stint on the F1 calendar, having taken 1-2 finishes in both the 1984 and 1985. Alain Prost won for the team in 1984, while Niki Lauda took the final victory of his career in a McLaren at the 1985 Dutch Grand Prix. The team’s first win at the track came in 1976, when James Hunt took the honours. McLaren had a further two podium finishes at the track – third places for Emerson Fittipaldi in 1974 and for John Watson in 1983.

Last year, Daniel Ricciardo reached Q3 while Lando Norris was eliminated in Q2. But it was Norris who would score McLaren’s only point of the weekend, coming home in tenth place – one position ahead of his team-mate.

ALPINE

WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0 | 2021 RESULT: ALONSO 6th, OCON 9th

The original Renault team were present in F1 for every Dutch Grand Prix since 1977. During that time they had sixteen entries, with only three of those not resulting in a DNF. While Patrick Tambay finished sixth in the 1984 event, Renault’s best days at the track came before then, with Rene Arnoux finishing as runner-up in 1980 and Alain Prost winning for the team at Zandvoort in 1981. It was Prost’s second Grand Prix victory.

Also in F1 for the Dutch Grand Prix’s final years were the Toleman team, the original name of the Enstone team which exists today. After failing to qualify for the race in 1981, they qualified with one car in the following year but failed to finish. Much like Renault, the team had a high DNF rate at the circuit, with their cars only ever seeing the chequered flag once. The only Toleman driver to finish the Dutch Grand Prix was Derek Warwick, who finished fourth in 1983.

Both Alpine drivers scored at last year’s Dutch Grand Prix. Esteban Ocon out-qualified his team-mate Fernando Alonso as both drivers reached Q3. In the race, it was Alonso who finished ahead. The Spaniard came home sixth, while Ocon finished ninth.

ALPHATAURI

WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0 | 2021 RESULT: GASLY 4th, TSUNODA DNF

The Red Bull junior team (formerly Toro Rosso, now AlphaTauri) came into existence in 2006, after Red Bull bought the Minardi team. Minardi first raced in Formula 1 in 1985, so were present for the last running of the Dutch Grand Prix in its first stint on the calendar. They fielded just one car for the whole season, with Pierluigi Martini reaching the end of a race just three times from the season’s sixteen races. Martini qualified in 24th place for the race, but retired as the result of a first lap crash.

In 2021, Pierre Gasly had a strong weekend. After qualifying fourth, the Frenchman went on to finish where he started. It was less fruitful weekend for team-mate Yuki Tsunoda. After being eliminated in Q2, the Japanese driver retired from the race around 20 laps from the end with a power unit problem.

ASTON MARTIN

WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0 | 2021 RESULT: STROLL 12th, VETTEL 13th

The Silverstone-based team’s former owner Eddie Jordan didn’t sign his Jordan team up to the sport until 1991, six years after the 1985 Dutch Grand Prix. The Aston Martin name appeared at Zandvoort once before last year, in 1959. That season, Carroll Shelby and Roy Salvadori qualified tenth and thirteenth respectively. Both drivers retired with engine issues before the race reached one third of its distance.

Sebastian Vettel encountered engine issues at the track on the team’s return, though his were only Free Practice. While Vettel was eliminated in Q1, Lance Stroll reached Q2 and qualified twelfth. Neither driver scored in the race, with Stroll finishing where he started and Vettel making up positions to finish thirteenth.

WILLIAMS

WINS: 1, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 3 | 2021 RESULT: LATIFI 16th, RUSSELL DNF

Williams have been present at every running of the Dutch Grand Prix since 1977 – though the Frank Williams Racing Cars team was present in 1975. In that race, the team’s drivers were Ian Scheckter and Jacques Laffite. Laffite retired from the race, while Scheckter finished twelfth.

Williams Grand Prix Engineering first raced at the track in 1977, when sole driver Patrick Neve failed to qualify. The following year, Alan Jones did qualify, but failed to finish the event. In the following season, Jones took Williams’ first, and so far only, Dutch Grand Prix win. The team had further podium finishes at the track with third places for Jones in 1981 and Keke Rosberg in his championship winning year, 1982.

Last year, both Williams drivers crashed out in Q2, with George Russell qualifying eleventh despite his off and Nicholas Latifi fourteenth. Neither driver made progress in the race. Latifi finished sixteenth while Russell retired three laps from the end with gearbox troubles.

ALFA ROMEO

WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0 | 2021 RESULT: GIOVINAZZI 14th, RAIKKONEN 15th

The former Sauber team started life in Formula 1 in 1993, eight years after F1’s last visit to Zandvoort. The Alfa Romeo name has previous experience at the Dutch Grand Prix, with the factory team entering the event when they returned as a constructor between 1980 and 1985. From their twelve starts, their cars reached the finish line only twice. Bruno Giacomelli finished eleventh in 1982, while Mauro Baldi picked up the team’s only points at the circuit with fifth place in 1983.

Kimi Raikkonen had to hand his seat to Robert Kubica at last year’s Dutch Grand Prix following a positive coronavirus test. Antonio Giovinazzi impressed in qualifying, lining up seventh on the grid – his best qualifying result of the year. The Italian fell back in the race and finished only fourteenth. That was only one position ahead of substitute team-mate Kubica.

HAAS

WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0 | 2021 RESULT: SCHUMACHER 18th, MAZEPIN DNF

The newest team on the grid joined the Formula 1 circus 31 years after the sport stopped visiting Zandvoort. The other team named Haas, which competed in Formula 1 in 1985 and 1986 and has no links to the current team, made its debut at the race immediately after the last Dutch Grand Prix.

As was their form in 2021, the two Haas drivers qualified on the back row for last year’s Zandvoort race. Nikita Mazepin was the first retirements, stopping just after the halfway point with hydraulic issues. Mick Schumacher finished the race only eighteenth.

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