Historic return of Formula 1 to Zandvoort
The return of the Formula 1 Heineken Dutch Grand Prix to Zandvoort has been a success. Together with all parties involved, history was written. On the renovated circuit of CM.com Circuit Zandvoort a diverse racing program was presented with the ultimate highlight being the Formula 1 race on Sunday, September 5. The inflow and outflow of up to 65,000 visitors went smoothly throughout the weekend, the crowds on the grounds, after tightening up the communication tools, remained manageable and there were no significant incidents. The weekend was festively closed on Sunday with Max Verstappen’s win in Formula 1.
Robert van Overdijk, director of the Dutch Grand Prix is very proud: “For the first time we have experienced the Grand Prix of the Netherlands again. The Netherlands, and Zandvoort in particular, have really been put on the map internationally. I stand here as proud as a peacock that we, together with our fans, partners, suppliers, NS, ProRail and the Municipality of Zandvoort, have achieved something that many thought would be impossible. Thanks to Dutch entrepreneurship and organisational skills, everything comes together at this event and together we have made history.” An estimated 70 million fans worldwide watched the race weekend at Zandvoort via television.
Many tens of thousands of race fans, mostly dressed in orange, experienced a F1 race at the renovated circuit for the first time in 36 years. Under the watchful eye of the Dutch royal family, Max Verstappen drove to first place on Sunday afternoon. The Dutch driver thus succeeds the last winner of the Grand Prix of the Netherlands in 1985, the iconic Niki Lauda. “The expectations were so high prior to the weekend. It’s not always easy to meet them. It’s great that I was also able to take the lead in the championship,” said Max Verstappen.
Circuit easily accessible
The Dutch Grand Prix took place under the ‘Testing for Access’ protocol, in which the one-half meter rule can be dropped. Before entering the circuit, visitors were checked via the CoronaCheck app. To serve the fans and crew staying in the Zandvoort area for several days, temporary test locations were set up by Tests for Access and GGD.