1072nd F1 GRAND PRIX | 36th DUTCH GRAND PRIX | 36th GRAND PRIX AT ZANDVOORT
2021 POLESITTER: MAX VERSTAPPEN | 2021 WINNER: MAX VERSTAPPEN
Zandvoort returned to the Formula 1 calendar after a 36-year absence in 2021, with Max Verstappen delivering a home win. The 2022 Dutch Grand Prix is set to take place on September 2-4.
Friday 2nd September
Free Practice 1 – 12:30pm Local Time/ 11:30am UK Time
Free Practice 2 – 4:00pm Local Time/ 3:00pm UK Time
Saturday 3rd September
Free Practice 3 – 12:00pm Local Time/ 11:00am UK Time
Qualifying- 3:00pm Local Time/ 2:00pm UK Time
Sunday 4th September
The 2022 Dutch Grand Prix – 3:00pm Local Time/ 2:00pm UK Time
- The 67th lap of the 2022 Dutch Grand Prix will be the 2,500th racing lap to take place at Zandvoort.
- If Max Verstappen wins the 2022 Dutch Grand Prix, he will become the eighth driver to have taken multiple wins at Zandvoort. If he takes pole, he will become the circuit’s tenth repeat polesitter.
- Pole position for Max Verstappen would see him become the sixth driver to take consecutive poles at the Dutch Grand Prix.
- Ferrari can equal Lotus’ record tally of eight pole positions at the Dutch Grand Prix. The Scuderia have taken seven poles at Zandvoort to date.
WHAT HAS CHANGED AT THE CIRCUIT SINCE F1’S LAST VISIT?
There haven’t been many changes to Zandvoort since F1’s last visit in 2021. Part of the gravel trap at Turn 12 has been replaced with what is being dubbed a ‘fake gravel trap’, designed to stop stones being deposited onto the circuit.
HOW MANY DRS ZONES WILL THERE BE AT THE DUTCH GRAND PRIX?
There will be two DRS zones at the 2022 Dutch Grand Prix. The activation zones are on the main straight and between Turns 10 & 11. The use of DRS through the banking before the main straight will be trialled in Free Practice.
WHO WILL BE IN THE PRESS CONFERENCE?
The world’s media will have the opportunity to talk to the drivers before practice on Thursday. The drivers appearing in this week’s press conference are:
Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri)
Lance Stroll (Aston Martin)
Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)
Lando Norris (McLaren)
Alex Albon (Williams)
Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo)
Esteban Ocon (Alpine)
Mick Schumacher (Haas)
George Russell (Mercedes)
Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
The media will also be talking to prominent members of Formula 1’s teams on Saturday morning. The team members appearing in the Teams’ Press Conference for this race weekend are Franz Tost (AlphaTauri), Otmar Szafnauer (Alpine), Jost Capito (Williams), Frédéric Vasseur (Alfa Romeo), Guenther Steiner (Haas) and Andreas Seidl (McLaren).
WHO WILL BE THE RACE DIRECTOR?
Eduardo Freitas will be the race director at the 2022 Dutch Grand Prix.
WHO WILL BE THE DRIVER STEWARD?
Each weekend a former Formula 1 driver, or a driver from another prominent series of motorsport, joins the stewards to help judge any incidents from a drivers’ perspective. The Driver Steward this weekend is Emanuele Pirro.
The weather forecast for the week ahead at the circuit currently looks like this:
WHICH TYRE COMPOUNDS WILL BE USED?
In 2022, each team will be supplied with the same selection of tyres by Pirelli. Pirelli will supply the C1, C2 and C3 compounds for this race weekend.
WHAT HAPPENED LAST TIME AT THE DUTCH GRAND PRIX?
Formula 1 returned to Zandvoort for the first Dutch Grand Prix since 1985. Max Verstappen delivered a popular home win.
For the first time in 36 years, Formula 1 was back at the seaside resort of Zandvoort for the return of the Dutch Grand Prix. In Free Practice 1, Sebastian Vettel brought out the red flags for almost forty minutes following an engine failure. On Friday afternoon, Lewis Hamilton was next to encounter engine issues.
Kimi Raikkonen was ruled out of the race weekend on Saturday morning following a positive coronavirus test. He was replaced by Robert Kubica. Both Williams drivers crashed in Q2, preventing the team from making another Q3 appearance, while – despite a crash in Free Practice 3 – Carlos Sainz was able to qualify in the top ten.
Max Verstappen secured pole position on his first home race appearance with championship nemesis Lewis Hamilton alongside on the front row. Verstappen led at the start and the leaders made their first stops around Lap 20. Despite being held up by Valtteri Bottas and allowing Hamilton to close in, Verstappen remained in a comfortable lead.
Sergio Perez, who was eliminated in Q1, provided much of the entertainment in the midfield on a fine comeback drive to eighth place. Bottas went on to take the fastest lap despite being told not to do so by his team. That saw Hamilton come in for another stop two laps from the end and steal back the additional point on his final tour of the track. Verstappen delighted the partisan crowd with the first home victory for a Dutch Grand Prix. He was joined on the podium by the two Mercedes drivers.