It’s one of the most iconic Formula 1 tracks, set in the dunes on the North Sea coast, featuring spectacular drops and climbs: obviously, we’re talking about Zandvoort circuit, which as from this year, will once again host the Dutch Grand Prix.
First used in 1948, it originally featured a layout using a mix of public roads and a fast permanent track. The first Formula 1 World Championship race was held there in 1952 and was won by Alberto Ascari, driving a Ferrari. For thirty years the Dutch round was held here, the last time being in 1985 and now, 35 years on, it makes a return.
The current Zandvoort layout is 4.252 kilometres long and the race will run over 72 laps, making a total distance of 306.144km. It’s an old-skool track where a perfect lap requires courage and precision, making it a real favourite with drivers and fans, despite the fact overtaking is pretty tricky.
The return of the Zandvoort Circuit in the Formula 1 World Championship has involved plenty of work at Zandvoort, mainly to the infrastructure to meet the current quality and safety standards. The main change to the track itself is a remodelled final corner, which is now parabolic with an 18 degree banking, where the current F1 cars will reach very high speeds, with the DRS open, leading to overtaking opportunities down the main straight and into the first corner.