Super Friday: A flying start for the Dutch Grand Prix
After 36 years, Formula 1 cars drove out of Zandvoort’s pit lane again today after the Formula 1 car class last drove on the circuit in 1985. The long awaited edition of the Formula 1 Heineken Dutch Grand Prix 2021 kicked off with the free practices, where most drivers got their first taste of the new circuit.
Race spectacle for young and old
The grandstands were filled with fans on the day of the first free practice sessions, most of whom were dressed in orange. A large part of the audience today was able to purchase a ticket at a 50% discount through Jumbo. The supermarket chain has been a sponsor of Max Verstappen for years and wants to make racing accessible for young and old. “I liked driving at Circuit Zandvoort today. It’s quite a short lap with lots of fast corners, so I had fun,” Max let us know at the end of Super Friday. “It was great to drive in front of all that crowd today and see that orange sea of supporters in the stands. It’s super that thanks to Jumbo so many fans could be there already on Friday. Really great.”
Access to circuit busy but orderly
The CM.com Circuit Zandvoort opened its doors for the first time today for up to 65,000 visitors. Access to the circuit went well while many people were out and about. In order to give each other space on the grounds and to promote the flow of traffic, visitors are asked, via the large screens, speaker and social media channels to use their regular seats as much as possible in order to observe the measures. After F1’s first free practice session, the organizers, in consultation with the municipality, took extra measures to ensure better dispersion after the most popular program parts. In the outflow of the public after the second Formula 1 part, this has led to a better regulation of the flow of people. The outflow of the visitors towards home was successful.
Saturday will be unprecedentedly exciting with the qualifying sessions: who will start in pole position at Sunday’s race? View the full program here.