“Tsunoda Doing His Best to See It Straight” – F1 Teams React to Zandvoort’s Steep Banking

Published 09/02/2021, 11:14 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 25, 2021 AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda arrives at the circuit ahead of the Grand Prix REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


F1 is returning to the Netherlands after a long gap of 36 years and the return of the track has everybody excited. Since F1’s last visit to the circuit in Zandvoort, there has been a massive change. The circuit has a new banked corner which has caught everyone’s attention including home hero Max Verstappen.

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Many teams did a lap of the track and found the banking at the last corner quite steep. While doing a track walk of the circuit, Alfa Romeo tweeted,” Confirmed: it’s steep.”

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Their rivals, Haas F1, felt the same,Getting a lay of the land. Yup, those banked corners are STEEEEEEP!”

AlphaTauri mentioned the same as Yuki Tsunoda found the banking too much for his neck. The Italian team said, so. Much. banking! Yuki Tsunoda doing his best to see it straight.”

They also posted a video of team walking on the steep corners.

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The whole track is very demanding: Max Verstappen on new Zandvoort F1 track

Red Bull driver and home hero Max Verstappen did a lap of the circuit in early 2021 in the 2018 Red Bull. He had stated that he loved the circuit, and especially the newly banked corner.

“It was a great opportunity to be the first person to drive an F1 car at the new Zandvoort Circuit and the track is really cool–especially Turn 3 where the banking is amazing,” said Verstappen.

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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

“I didn’t expect the banking to be that big, but it’s really cool to drive an F1 car on. The last corner is… also pretty banked and with the new cars and DRS open through there, it will be a good challenge and a lot of fun.

“The whole track is very demanding. There are a lot of fast corners and still not that much run-off. That makes it really challenging to go on the limit, but that’s good, that’s what we like,” said Max.

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Everyone at the circuit would be hoping for a Max win on Sunday. They would also love to see him take the title lead in Zandvoort.

Can Max win in Zandvoort? Let us know.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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