Verstappen has won both races at Zandvoort since F1’s 2021 return, eight drivers have scored in both of the last two races at the circuit and most of the grid having pre-Formula 1 experience at the track. Here’s everything you need to know about each driver’s history at the Dutch Grand Prix.
🇳🇱 Max VERSTAPPEN
Max Verstappen delighted his home fans at both the 2021 and 2022 Dutch Grands Prix, winning both races from pole position. In 2021, he became the first Dutch driver to win his home Grand Prix.
Prior to F1, 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 2023 Dutch Grand Prix.
🇲🇽 Sergio PEREZ
Sergio Perez was disappointingly knocked out in Q1 at the 2021 Dutch Grand Prix. He fought back to eighth place in the race. He reached Q3 in 2022, qualifying four positions behind his team-mate in fifth place. He finished the race in the same position as where he started.
Perez previously 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.
🇲🇨 Charles LECLERC
Charles Leclerc finished where he started at Zandvoort in 2021, in fifth place. In 2022, he qualified on the front row but lost a position in the race to George Russell and finished on the final step of the podium.
Leclerc previously 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 is yet to finish in the top six at the Dutch Grand Prix. Sainz crashed out in Free Practice 3 at the 2021 Dutch Grand Prix. Despite that, he still reached Q3, qualifying in sixth place. He lost one place in the race, finishing in seventh place.
In 2022, he qualified one position behind his team-mate in sixth place but lost two positions over the course of the race to finish eighth.
Sainz 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.
🇬🇧 Lewis HAMILTON
Lewis Hamilton suffered a power failure in Free Practice 2 at the 2021 Dutch Grand Prix, putting him out of the Friday afternoon session. He went on to qualify on the front row and finish as runner-up to Max Verstappen.
In 2022, Hamilton recorded another top five result, this time finishing just off the podium in fourth place. He finished the race where he started, having qualified two positions ahead of team-mate George Russell.
Prior to 2021, 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.
🇬🇧 George RUSSELL
George Russell crashed out of qualifying in Q2 at the 2021 Dutch Grand Prix. Nevertheless, he qualified in 11th place in the Williams. He failed to finish the race, retiring with gearbox issues just three laps from the end of the Grand Prix.
In 2022, Russell qualified sixth for the Dutch Grand Prix and finished as runner-up in the race, scoring his first points at the circuit.
Before his F1 career began, 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.
🇫🇷 Esteban OCON
Esteban Ocon has qualified one position ahead of his team-mate in both the 2021 and 2022 Dutch Grands Prix. He qualified eighth in 2021 and 12th in 2022. Ocon has scored points on both outings at Zandvoort, finishing ninth each time.
Prior to the 2021 Dutch Grand Prix, 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.
🇫🇷 Pierre GASLY
Pierre Gasly qualified on the second row for the 2021 Dutch Grand Prix and went on to finish in fourth place. His 2022 visit was less fruitful. After being out-qualified by his team-mate and lining up 13th on the grid, Gasly finished one position outside of the points in 11th.
Although he had not raced here prior to Formula 1, Gasly previously drove an RB7 around the circuit alongside Max Verstappen at a Red Bull event in May 2019.
🇬🇧 Lando NORRIS
Lando Norris failed to reach Q3 at the 2021 Dutch Grand Prix, qualifying only 13th. He went on to score a single point, finishing in tenth place. In 2022, Norris reached Q3, qualifying seventh. He finished where he started, meaning he holds a 100% points-scoring rate at the track.
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.
🇦🇺 Oscar PIASTRI
Oscar Piastri has never previously raced at Zandvoort.
🇫🇮 Valtteri BOTTAS
Valtteri Bottas finished on the podium at the 2021 Dutch Grand Prix. He finished where he started, in third place. He had less luck in 2022, exiting in Q1 and retiring from the race following engine issues.
Bottas says he has “many good memories” of Zandvoort from his years in the junior series. 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.
🇨🇳 ZHOU Guanyu
Zhou Guanyu out-qualified Alfa Romeo team-mate Valtteri Bottas at last year’s Dutch Grand Prix, reaching Q2 – where he set the 14th fastest time. He lost two positions in the race and finished 16th.
Prior to F1, Zhou last raced at Zandvoort in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship in 2018. He competed here in that series in every year between 2016 to 2018. On his last visit here, he recorded a podium finish in all three races.
🇪🇸 Fernando ALONSO
Fernando Alonso recorded a top six result at the 2021 Dutch Grand Prix. He was out-qualified by his team-mate but set the ninth fastest time in Q3. He finished sixth again in 2022 after once again being out-qualified by his team-mate.
🇨🇦 Lance STROLL
Lance Stroll has finished where he started on both appearances so far at the Dutch Grand Prix. He qualified and finished 12th and tenth in 2021 and 2022 respectively. Stroll is yet to be out-qualified by a team-mate at Zandvoort.
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.
🇩🇰 Kevin MAGNUSSEN
In Kevin Magnussen’s first F1 outing at Zandvoort in 2022, the Haas driver failed to out-qualify his team-mate. After qualifying 18th, the Dane made up three places over the course of the race and finished 15th.
Prior to the 2022 Dutch Grand Prix, Magnussen last raced at the track in 2011, in the Masters of Formula 3 event, where he finished third with Carlin.
🇩🇪 Nico HULKENBERG
This will be Nico Hulkenberg’s first Dutch Grand Prix appearance and his first time racing at Zandvoort in 15 years. He won here – and scored a further podium finish – in the Formula BMW ADAC series in 2005. He also won at Zandvoort in the Formula 3 Euro Series in both 2007 and 2008.
🇯🇵 Yuki TSUNODA
Yuki Tsunoda is yet to finish the Dutch Grand Prix. In 2021, he suffered a power unit failure after 48 laps and in 2022 he suffered a differential problem leading to a second consecutive DNF at the track. He also picked up a grid penalty last year for driving with loosened seatbelts.
Tsunoda reached Q3 at the track and out-qualified his team-mate here for the first time last year, qualifying in ninth place. He reached Q2 in the previous season.
🇦🇺 Daniel RICCIARDO
Daniel Ricciardo is yet to pick up a point at the Dutch Grand Prix, with a best finish of 11th in 2021. He finished only 17th here last year. While Ricciardo reached Q3 in 2021, qualifying 10th, he was eliminated in Q1 last year qualifying only 17th – ten positions behind his team-mate.
🇹🇭 Alex ALBON
Alex Albon finished 12th on his Dutch Grand Prix debut last year. He reached Q2 on Saturday, out-qualifying his team-mate and lining up 15th on the grid.
Prior to the 2022 Dutch Grand Prix, Albon last raced at Zandvoort in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship in 2015. From the three races, he recorded three top eight results, with a best finish of fourth.
🇺🇸 Logan SARGEANT
Logan Sargeant has raced at Zandvoort in both Formula 2 and Formula 3. In F3, in 2021, Sargeant secured a second place finish in the opening race of the weekend, while he finished a best of eighth from the two 2022 Formula 2 races.