Just when everything was seemingly going perfect, the crowds eagerly anticipating a Formula 1 Grand Prix at a venue whose return was long being anticipated, here comes a change that won’t please the Dutch fans at all. Moreover, it won’t please the racing idol of a majority of those fans either- Max Verstappen. The Dutch GP will be going ahead but with limited crowd in attendance.
Nearly a month back in time, a little but passionate Dutch contingent was present back at Silverstone, home to the British GP. But their pleasure of seeing their favourite driver dominate the proceedings, something that was expected, were dashed to the ground inside seconds from the race-start.
The same crowd, which would have loved to gather around in full capacity alongside the British fans to join the proceedings at the Dutch GP, will now not be having the pleasure of what is going to be a truncated contest.
Formula 1, earlier today, confirmed that the forthcoming race in the Netherlands will only allow a limited capacity crowd. But while this change in proceedings is a bit sudden, it’s also something that the Zandvoort officials won’t be liking all that much.
There’s a reason for that.
For the longest time, the officials associated with the Dutch GP were of the view that the most pragmatic way to bring back the famous eighties venue to the current F1 calendar was in the wake of all the grand stands going full.
Else, the much-anticipated contest would not have served any great purpose. Alas, that is not going to be the case this time around where the 2021 Dutch GP is concerned.
In his current capacity, former F1 driver Jan Lammers, happens to be the sporting director of the Dutch GP. He was of the following view in lines with the change that is certainly going to dampen the spirits of those fans whose collective strength would only have upped the ante of the famed ‘Orange Army!
For me, the glass is two thirds full,” said Lammers. “We are just going to do it. The three companies behind the Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, SportVibes and TIG Sports – have decided to invest in the future of F1 in the Netherlands.
“The belief in the ambition to organise the biggest Ultimate Race Festival in the world remains the primary goal for the coming years.
“This year, admittedly in a smaller form, the battle for the World Championship will be fought in a beautiful orange ambience in the stands.”
The upcoming contest, the first for every single driver present on the current grid, would’ve been a great opportunity to leave an indelible mark in front of a packed crowd, albeit that isn’t going to happen.
Meanwhile, here’s what a renowned publication had to say on the developing story:
Organisers have said current ticket-holders will be informed by e-mail by Wednesday August 18th at the latest about whether they will be able to attend the race this year.
For the fans who unfortunately cannot attend the race this time around, there is the possibility to use their ticket(s) at the Dutch Grand Prix in 2022 or to request a refund.
The above told, it’s a bit strange to note that when the last Dutch GP took place, circa 1985, wherein the great Piquet was on the podium, only the likes of Lewis Hamilton, Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso were born from the existing grid.