F1 diesel again
F1 got a great boost after the Belgian Grand Prix with the grand opening day of the Dutch Grand Prix. Ben Hunt writes..
After a terrible wash at the spa, with three laps of the procession behind the safety car in the raw box ticking exercise, these were just scenes that the game needed again.
More than 70,000 orange-clad spectators lit up the Zandwort sun, as the Dutch Grand Prix was welcomed on the F1 calendar for the first time since 1985.
F1 owners Liberty Media have worked hard to secure new races in foreign destinations such as Miami and Saudi Arabia, while their unfortunate Vietnam GP, which was scheduled last year but was canceled due to epidemics, Seems destined to become a permanent dustbin.
This makes the return of the race his first long-term commitment under Bernie Ecclestone.
Instead, it was the Orange Army that was putting in the FRI circuit yesterday as the weekend unfolded.
Platform One of Amsterdam Central Station was already warming up at 9am, as the sprinter takes trains to the coastal resort of Zandwort, with services departing every 10 minutes for every half-hour journey.
Upon arrival in Zandvoort Am See, pop-up bars were already selling beer while business kids ran stalls selling sweets and soft drinks.
Houses in this small coastal town on the outskirts of Amsterdam were decorated with checkered flags, and the streets were filled with spectators dressed in orange, wanting to please their countryman, Max Verstapen.