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The 2021 Dutch Grand Prix (officially the Formula 1 Heineken Dutch Grand Prix 2021) was the 13th race of the 2021 FIA Formula One World Championship, held at the Circuit Zandvoort between September 3 and September 5 2021. It was the first Dutch Grand Prix held since 1985.

Max Verstappen took pole position and won comfortably at his home ground far ahead of the Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, reclaiming the championship lead, with Hamilton taking fastest lap on the final lap. Sergio Pérez recovered from a pit lane start to finish in 8th.


Background[]

The return of the Dutch Grand Prix was due to have taken place in the previous season, but it was postponed, then canceled following the COVID-19 pandemic, with the race being reinstated into the schedule for the 2021 season.

Much of the talk pre-race was the previous race that saw the race entirely canceled due to heavy rain and after a few laps behind the safety car. The decision was met with criticism, with drivers calling for ticket refunds to fans and also the decision to award half-points when no true racing laps have been done at all. In response, FIA president Jean Todt announced that he would be calling for a review in rules in the next month, while F1 has announced that they are looking into options with race promoters for the tickets.

Ahead of the weekend, it was announced that 2007 champion Kimi Räikkönen would be retiring from the end of the season. However, on Saturday morning, it was announced that Räikkönen was unable to participate in qualifying after a positive test for COVID-19. Alfa Romeo's reserve driver Robert Kubica is announced to take over his seat for the remainder of the weekend.

Entry List[]

The full entry list for the 2021 Dutch Grand Prix is outlined below:

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo United Kingdom McLaren F1 Team McLaren MCL35M Mercedes M12 1.6L V6t P
4 United Kingdom Lando Norris United Kingdom McLaren F1 Team McLaren MCL35M Mercedes M12 1.6L V6t P
5 Germany Sebastian Vettel United Kingdom Aston Martin Cognizant F1 Team Aston Martin AMR21 Mercedes M12 1.6L V6t P
6 Canada Nicholas Latifi United Kingdom Williams Racing Williams FW43B Mercedes M12 1.6L V6t P
7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Switzerland Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN Alfa Romeo C41 Ferrari 065/6 1.6L V6t P
9 Russian Automobile Federation Nikita Mazepin United States Uralkali Haas F1 Team Haas VF-21 Ferrari 065/6 1.6L V6t P
10 France Pierre Gasly Italy Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda AlphaTauri AT02 Honda RA621H 1.6L V6t P
11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Austria Red Bull Racing Honda Red Bull RB16B Honda RA621H 1.6L V6t P
14 Spain Fernando Alonso France Alpine F1 Team Alpine A521 Renault E-Tech 21 1.6L V6t P
16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari SF21 Ferrari 065/6 1.6L V6t P
18 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom Aston Martin Cognizant F1 Team Aston Martin AMR21 Mercedes M12 1.6L V6t P
22 Japan Yuki Tsunoda Italy Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda AlphaTauri AT02 Honda RA621H 1.6L V6t P
31 France Esteban Ocon France Alpine F1 Team Alpine A521 Renault E-Tech 21 1.6L V6t P
33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull Racing Honda Red Bull RB16B Honda RA621H 1.6L V6t P
44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 W12 Mercedes M12 1.6L V6t P
47 Germany Mick Schumacher United States Uralkali Haas F1 Team Haas VF-21 Ferrari 065/6 1.6L V6t P
55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari SF21 Ferrari 065/6 1.6L V6t P
63 United Kingdom George Russell United Kingdom Williams Racing Williams FW43B Mercedes M12 1.6L V6t P
77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 W12 Mercedes M12 1.6L V6t P
88 Poland Robert Kubica Switzerland Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN Alfa Romeo C41 Ferrari 065/6 1.6L V6t P
99 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Switzerland Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN Alfa Romeo C41 Ferrari 065/6 1.6L V6t P
Source:[1]

Practice Overview[]

Qualifying[]

Q1[]

Leclerc topped Q1 while eliminated out of the session were Perez, Vettel, Kubica, Schumacher and Mazepin. Vettel had been on a flying lap when he was impeded by the Haas duo. They were summoned to the stewards but no further action was taken.

Q2[]

Verstappen topped Q2 while with four minutes remaining, Russell spun out of Turn 13 and rear-ended into the barriers, taking no further part in the session. As the session ended, Latifi spun off and crashed at Turn 7, prematurely ending the session. Both Williams drivers were eliminated with Stroll, Norris and Tsunoda.

Q3[]

Verstappen took overall pole despite his DRS failing to deploy on his final flying lap, with Hamilton a close three hundredths of a second behind.

Qualifying Results[]

The full qualifying results for the 2021 Dutch Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
Pos. Time Pos. Time Pos. Time
1 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull-Honda 3 1:10.036 1 1:09.071 1 1:08.885 1
2 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes 6 1:10.114 4 1:09.726 2 1:08.923 2
3 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes 8 1:10.219 5 1:09.769 3 1:09.222 3
4 10 France Pierre Gasly Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 10 1:10.274 3 1:09.541 4 1:09.478 4
5 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Italy Ferrari 1 1:09.829 2 1:09.437 5 1:09.527 5
6 55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. Italy Ferrari 2 1:10.022 7 1:09.870 6 1:09.537 6
7 99 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 4 1:10.050 10 1:10.033 7 1:09.590 7
8 31 France Esteban Ocon France Alpine-Renault 7 1:10.179 8 1:09.919 8 1:09.933 8
9 14 Spain Fernando Alonso France Alpine-Renault 12 1:10.435 9 1:10.020 9 1:09.956 9
10 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 9 1:10.255 6 1:09.865 10 1:10.166 10
11 63 United Kingdom George Russell United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 11 1:10.382 11 1:10.332 11
12 18 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom Aston Martin-Mercedes 13 1:10.438 12 1:10.367 12
13 4 United Kingdom Lando Norris United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 15 1:10.489 13 1:10.406 13
14 6 Canada Nicholas Latifi United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 5 1:10.093 14 1:11.161 PL*
15 22 Japan Yuki Tsunoda Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 14 1:10.462 15 1:11.314 14
16 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Austria Red Bull-Honda 16 1:10.530 PL*
17 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel United Kingdom Aston Martin-Mercedes 17 1:10.731 15
18 88 Poland Robert Kubica Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 18 1:11.301 16
19 47 Germany Mick Schumacher United States Haas-Ferrari 19 1:11.387 17
20 9 Russian Automobile Federation Nikita Mazepin United States Haas-Ferrari 20 1:11.875 18
107% Time: 1:14.717
Source:[2]
  • Bold indicates the fastest driver's time in each session.
  • * Latifi and Pérez were required to start from the pit lane after making component changes overnight.

Grid[]

Race[]

Report[]

Results[]

The full results for the 2021 Dutch Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull-Honda 72 1:30:05.395 1 25
2 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes 72 +20.392 2 19FL
3 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes 72 +56.460 3 15
4 10 France Pierre Gasly Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 71 +1 lap 4 12
5 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Italy Ferrari 71 +1 lap 5 10
6 14 Spain Fernando Alonso France Alpine-Renault 71 +1 lap 9 8
7 55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. Italy Ferrari 71 +1 lap 6 6
8 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Austria Red Bull-Honda 71 +1 lap PL 4
9 31 France Esteban Ocon France Alpine-Renault 71 +1 lap 8 2
10 4 United Kingdom Lando Norris United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 71 +1 lap 13 1
11 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 71 +1 lap 10
12 18 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom Aston Martin-Mercedes 70 +2 laps 12
13 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel United Kingdom Aston Martin-Mercedes 70 +2 laps 15
14 99 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 70 +2 laps 7
15 88 Poland Robert Kubica Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 70 +2 laps 16
16 6 Canada Nicholas Latifi United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 70 +2 laps PL
17* 63 United Kingdom George Russell United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 69 Gearbox 11
18 47 Germany Mick Schumacher United States Haas-Ferrari 69 +3 laps 17
Ret 22 Japan Yuki Tsunoda Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 48 Power unit 14
Ret 9 Russian Automobile Federation Nikita Mazepin United States Haas-Ferrari 41 Hydraulics 18
WD 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari
Source:
  • * Russell was classified as completed 90% race distance.

Milestones[]

  • 33rd Dutch Grand Prix held, the first since 1985.
  • Max Verstappen has the most wins of any driver to not win a title so far (17)
    • Verstappen also surpasses 1000 laps in the lead.
    • Verstappen also qualified for his 10th pole position.
    • Verstappen becomes the first Dutch driver to win their home race.

Standings[]

While Verstappen's win effectively meant that he reclaimed the championship lead from Hamilton, with a 3-point lead heading into Monza, Perez' low finish meant that Mercedes extended their championship advantage slightly ahead of Red Bull by 5 points. Bottas' finish combined with Perez and Norris' low finishes ensured he reclaimed third in the constructors' standings, as Perez closed the gap to Norris to 6 points. Other drivers' changes include Leclerc and Alonso getting ahead of their team-mates respectively, and also Gasly ahead of Ricciardo after the Honey Badger's non-points finish.

In the constructors' standings, Ferrari once again reclaimed third due to the lower finishes of the McLaren drivers, the only change in the standings.

Drivers' World Championship
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Netherlands Max Verstappen 224.5 ▲1
2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 221.5 ▼1
3 Finland Valtteri Bottas 123 ▲1
4 United Kingdom Lando Norris 114 ▼1
5 Mexico Sergio Pérez 108
6 Monaco Charles Leclerc 92 ▲1
7 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. 89.5 ▼1
8 France Pierre Gasly 66 ▲1
9 Australia Daniel Ricciardo 56 ▼1
10 Spain Fernando Alonso 46 ▲1
11 France Esteban Ocon 44 ▼1
12 Germany Sebastian Vettel 35
13 Japan Yuki Tsunoda 18
14 Canada Lance Stroll 18
15 United Kingdom George Russell 13
16 Canada Nicholas Latifi 7
17 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 2
18 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi 1
Constructors' World Championship
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Germany Mercedes 344.5
2 Austria Red Bull-Honda 332.5
3 Italy Ferrari 181.5 ▲1
4 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 170 ▼1
5 France Alpine-Renault 90
6 Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 84
7 United Kingdom Aston Martin-Mercedes 53
8 United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 20
9 Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 3

Only point-scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

References[]

Images and Videos:

References:

  1. Entry List, Decision - Alfa Romeo request for driver change
  2. ' ', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Limited, 2020), , (Accessed 05/07/2020)
V T E 2021 FIA Formula One World Championship
Teams Alfa RomeoAlphaTauriAlpineAston MartinFerrariHaasMcLarenMercedesRed BullWilliams
Engines FerrariHondaMercedesRenault
Drivers alphabetically AlonsoBottasGaslyGiovinazziHamiltonKubicaLatifiLeclercMazepinNorrisOconPérezRäikkönenRicciardoRussellSainzSchumacherStrollTsunodaVerstappenVettel
Drivers by number 3 Ricciardo • 4 Norris • 5 Vettel • 6 Latifi • 7 Räikkönen • 9 Mazepin • 10 Gasly • 11 Pérez • 14 Alonso • 16 Leclerc • 18 Stroll • 22 Tsunoda • 31 Ocon • 33 Verstappen • 44 Hamilton • 47 Schumacher • 55 Sainz • 63 Russell • 77 Bottas • 88 Kubica • 99 Giovinazzi
Other Drivers AitkenAlbonCalderónde Vriesdi RestaFittipaldiHülkenbergIlottKvyatNissanyVandoorneZhou
Cars Alfa Romeo C41AlphaTauri AT02Alpine A521Aston Martin AMR21Ferrari SF21Haas VF-21McLaren MCL35MMercedes W12Red Bull RB16BWilliams FW43B
Tyres Pirelli
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V T E Netherlands Dutch Grand Prix
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