Dutch Grand Prix: How Many F1 Fans Will be There in Attendance at Zandvoort?

Published 09/02/2021, 6:22 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 2, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen walks around the circuit with team members ahead of the race REUTERS/Benoit Tessier


Zandvoort is all set to witness an F1 race for the first time since 1985 when Niki Lauda claimed the victory ahead of teammate, Alain Prost. Of course, the circuit was supposed to make its return in 2020. However, the government’s rule then was that events must take place behind closed doors.

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And the organizers weren’t keen on hosting a race in front of deserted stands, especially considering the fact that Zandvoort would be returning to F1 after 35 years. Hence, they decided to back out of the calendar and promised the fans a return in 2021.

Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 2, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen walks around the circuit ahead of the race REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Rightfully so, after a year of delay, North Holland is ready to host the Dutch Grand Prix over the upcoming weekend.

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However, yet again, one of the biggest concerns has been the rising number of COVID-19 cases around the Netherlands in the past few months.

But, to the fans’ luck, the situation hasn’t affected the upcoming Grand Prix much, as the Zandvoort circuit will witness a sea of Orange engulfing the stands.

What will be the F1 attendance at the Dutch GP?

Earlier in July, the organizers had acknowledged that the Dutch Grand Prix weekend could see the number of spectators soar up to 105,000, which is practically a full house. However, as days passed and more COVID cases showed up, there was a tweak in the numbers.

Although the Dutch government gave the Grand Prix the green light, the organizers were ordered to host the weekend with limited capacity. As of now, it is two-third of the total capacity. Hence, each day of the race weekend is likely to witness around 70,000 spectators.

Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 2, 2021 Haas’ Mick Schumacher walks around the circuit ahead of the race REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

For me, the glass is two-thirds full,” Zandvoort sporting director Jan Lammers said. “We’re just gonna do it. The belief in the ambition to organise the largest ultimate race festival in the world remains the ultimate goal for the coming years.

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This year in a slimmed-down form. But, despite that, the battle for the world championship will be fought in a beautiful orange atmosphere.

Overall, the fans are in for an exciting weekend at Zandvoort, which will not only sport a tremendous amount of fans but also come up as one of the fewest tracks to own banked corners, which could be quite tricky for the new-age F1 cars.

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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