Need to Know: 2021 Dutch Grand Prix

Zandvoort finally makes its return to the Formula 1 calendar after a 36-year absence. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of attending the 2021 Dutch Grand Prix weekend on September 3-5!

The seaside resort of Zandvoort will welcome Formula 1 racing for the first time since 1985 in September, with the Dutch Grand Prix set to take place on the first weekend of the month. Originally planned to make its comeback in 2020, the return of the Dutch Grand Prix was postponed by 16 months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Zandvoort is located 40km west of capital city Amsterdam, meaning there is plenty to do away from the race track over the Dutch Grand Prix weekend. We’ve rounded up the best places to visit in the surrounding areas of Zandvoort, Haarlem and Amsterdam – as well as bars and restaurants to check out – in Off-Track Activities.

Heading to Zandvoort for the first time? Get up to speed with all you need to know about visiting the Netherlands in Travel Basics.

Two thirds capacity attendance

You can expect the grandstands to be filled with orange-cladded Max Verstappen supporters at the Dutch Grand Prix. There was plenty of interest in the event when tickets were first placed on sale over two years ago and the event was set to be a sell out. Over a million applications were made for the 100,000 tickets originally available.

Earlier in August, it was announced that Zandvoort will only be able to host a 67% capacity crowd, with the Dutch government giving the green light for the event to take place under these conditions. Ticket holders will have already been informed whether or not their ticket will be valid for the 2021 race. If not, there is the option to transfer the tickets to next year, or request a refund. A limited number of tickets are also becoming available on the Dutch GP’s official reseller platform from guest who cannot attend. As a result of the enhanced Covid-19 measures, there will be no General Admission areas at the 2021 Dutch Grand Prix.

Covid-19 protocols

As with most Formula 1 events in 2021, you will need to prove that you are fully vaccinated, have recently tested negative or have recovered from the virus to gain entry to the circuit. You will be required to give evidence of these conditions via the CoronaCheck app. You should, of course, also take your e-ticket to the circuit to secure access.

It’s a good idea to take valid ID with you to Zandvoort to prove your identity. Further information on entry requirements can be found here.. It’s worth noting that Dutch Grand Prix organisers are in talks with ‘Testing for Entry’ to arrange a temporary test location in Zandvoort over the race weekend.

How to get there

Dutch Grand Prix organisers are keen for fans to use sustainable methods to get to Zandvoort over the race weekend, and are hopeful that 50,000 fans will travel by bicycle to the circuit. Other options include Park and Ride, train, bus or by walking, if you’re staying in the town itself.

It should be noted that there is no access by car to Zandvoort over the race weekend. In addition, no taxis are able to come within a 90 minute walk of the circuit. Further information on travel options can be found in our travel guide and FAQs can be found on the official Dutch Grand Prix website.

Support races & trackside entertainment at Zandvoort

Formula 1’s on track action will be supported by a wealth of other racing series. There will be three Formula 3 races across the weekend, with Zandvoort being the penultimate meeting of 2021 for the junior category. Elsewhere, the all-female W Series will race after F1 qualifying on Saturday afternoon, while Porsche Supercup will race on Sunday morning ahead of the Grand Prix.

There will also be a range of trackside entertainment at the Dutch Grand Prix. A pitlane tour is expected take place for ticket holders on the Thursday of the race weekend. You can find more information on what to expect from your Zandvoort experience in our trackside guide.

We also recommend downloading the official Dutch Grand Prix app, which contains the full event schedule, detailed circuit map and more information about attending the race.

If you’re not at Zandvoort for this year’s Dutch Grand Prix but want to attend next year, you can start early preparations for your trip in 2022 by checking out the best available hotels and what the local area has to offer!

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