‘Proud to be Dutch’
The Formula 1 Heineken Dutch Grand Prix 2022 ended today with another phenomenal victory for Max Verstappen. In his post-race interview, Verstappen thanked his fans and summarised his feeling as ‘Proud to be Dutch’. The organisation of the Dutch GP looks back on a very successful event with a record number of 305,000 visitors, measured over the three event days.
Ready for More was the overarching theme this year, with more visitors, more entertainment and more festival. The organisation’s wish came true.
The weekend kicked off with performances on Friday by Guus Meeuwis, Emma Heesters and Antoon. The Full Throttle Pre Qualification Show with headliner La Fuente was a first in the field of ‘Saturday entertainment’ in the Formula 1 world. World-class Dutch stars Floor Jansen and Afrojack provided a spectacular finale to Race Day.
Floor Jansen was also proud to be Dutch: “What an honour to represent the Netherlands in front of the drivers and in front of the world and to give the kick-off of the race. The energy on the track was thrilling and palpable to me. I enjoyed every second of it, had goose bumps and felt the tension. I wanted to do well for Max and our homeland. It makes me proud to be Dutch, especially as a Dutch artist. I am no stranger to international attention, but never on this scale. Unforgettable!”
Formula One Management (FOM) CEO Stefano Domenicali is complimentary.
“I said earlier this week that the Dutch organisation keeps raising the bar, for themselves and for others, and they proved that again this weekend. Incredible fans, great energy and an event nobody will forget.”
The organisation is also satisfied with the entire course of the event with a record number of visitors. The mobility plan and also the facilities on the circuit met the expectations. This would have been impossible without partner NS, with more than 100% commitment of all NS (Dutch Railroad) staff from conductor to train driver.
Ready for tomorrow
Jan Lammers, Sports Director: “Wow, I have enjoyed this weekend! It was impressive to see what our staff, partners and everyone we work with have achieved. I agree with Max’s words; “Proud to be Dutch’, what an achievement! I am already looking forward to next year. We were ready for more and now we are ready for tomorrow.”