As the Formula 1 Heineken Dutch Grand Prix 2022 takes place over 72 laps of the famous 4.259-kilometer Circuit Zandvoort this weekend. F1 fans are already greeting their home hero Max Verstappen. Take a look at the main storylines you don’t want to miss during the race in the Netherlands.
Max Verstappen’s home – Dutch Grand Prix
No matter what. Red Bull driver arrives at his second home Grand Prix after Belgian round with a 93-point advantage in the drivers’ championship. Max Verstappen has a brand-new helmet and is hoping the brand-new design brings him luck as he aims for a second successive win at Zandvoort. As the item plays on the design that his father Jos used in his own Formula 1 career that stretched from 1994 to 2003. The Dutchman returns home to receive the ovations of the orange army of his fans.
Scuderia Ferrari set the course to fight back.
Both Ferrari drivers, Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, are the focus of the cameras. Sainz recognized Red Bull drivers ‘were on another planet’ in Spa, but they still have the ability to overtake them at Zandvoort. Even if the layout of the racing track is better suited for the “Gives wings” team. However, Prancing’s horse team is battling, and their team principal Mattia Binotto calls on them to not give up. No matter what, even if it is difficult. In some respects, the Ferrari finished with a fiasco at the Belgian Grand Prix.
Being the fastest in Saturday’s Carlos Sainz started from pole and led early in the Belgian Grand Prix. But all of the advantage disappeared as started P14 Max Verstappen due the grid penalties, the championship leader made an well won. Sergio Perez clapped second place. Remarkable, that Charles Leclerc had all the possibilities for the …. second place. But, the Prancing team decided to change the tires on the last laps in rushing to set the fastest lap. As the result, Leclerc lost the position, lost the fastest time. we lost the hope. What to expect from Ferrari on Dutch Grand Prix 2022? No one knows, but will be staring at the rac with the double interest.
Mercedes set for the first victory.
Scuderia Ferrari and Red Bull are battling it out for the lead. It’s better to say that Red Bull is fighting and Ferrari is trying. Mercedes doesn’t rush toow the cards. However, there is less and less time. The team was frustrated by Spa-Francorchamps.
George Russell and Lewis Hamilton failed to qualify on Saturday without anyone expecting it. Furthermore, Mercedes hero Hamilton even didn’t end the first lap on Sunday, as he collided with Alpine’s driver Fernando Alonso. Initially, it appeared that it was Alonso’s fault, but the Spaniard barely raised an eyebrow. Few moments later Hamilton recognized the error. Russell finished P4, but didn’t achieve the target.
Toto Wolff, Mercedes team principal, is hoping for recovery and urged the team to keep their heads up. It is important to say, there are reasons for.
It sounds like conspiracy theory, but it works. When no one expects Mercedes to do a miracle, they do it. This also happens at the Belgian GP, when Mercedes is expected to fight for the top three. Next Dutch Grand Prix 2022 all eyes will be starring to Max Vesrtappen. Russell and Hamilton step to Zandvoort as the black horses. So, we urge you to pay attention to these two. Also, the technical directive’s change bodes well for Mercedes and their main problem, bouncing cars.
Driver’s market rustling.
The race at Zandvoort may be crucial for some drivers, in some ways. Some might see these few drivers as on the sidelines, as they do not have signed contracts for the 2023 Formula 1 season.
Daniel Ricciardo is the first to out. Mclaren announced the partnership with Australian driver will end after the 2022 season. It is possible Ricciardo will go to Haas, but a less competitive team is not that coveted path for an Australian. The Alpine team may suggest a second chance, but they still need to find the fastest driver. Ricciardo’s case isn’t looking so bright when compared to his faster teammate Lando Norris.
The case of Mick Schumacher is shrouded in mystery. In one sense, everyone is certain there is no hesitation on Schumacher’s part since Haas will extend the contract. On the other hand, Mick isn’t as fast as Kevin Magnussen.
Pierre Gasly is third on the list. A Frenchman can’t smile too much about the deal the current Alpha Tauri driver has. Gasly claims to have more opportunities with a more competitive team. The perspectives to racing alongside Max Verstappen in the older sister of Alpha Tauri – Red Bull are very similar to winning with Alpha. In recent weeks, there have been more and more speculations that Aston Martin will buy Gasly’s deal and make the driver free. Aston Martin or any other team needs real proof, which Pierre Gasly can provide on the track. Frenchman is at least ready to show. He finished his 100th Grand Prix in Belgium in P9 starting from the pit lane as his car would not fire up.
Dutch Grand Prix 2022 will be very interesting to watch. First of all because of home hero Max Verstappen. Drivers leader, the youngest ever F1 world champion heads for the ovation and hopes for another victory here. The Dutchman has already prepared the brand-new F1 helmet.
It will be interesting to see what the Scuderia Ferrari drivers will do to prevent Red Bull from winning. As race after race passed by, the ‘Prancing Horse’ team strategy impressed Formula 1 fans worldwide in a bitter sense.
Will Mercedes mark the season with a first victory? That’s the question without an answer. Team principal Toto Wolff calls to keep their heads up. But as we already know, Mercedes cars perform miracles when no one expects them. The Dutch Grand Prix 2022 fits that description.
In addition, the race at Zandvoort may be critical for a driver without a contract for the 202 season. Among them are Daniel Ricciardo and Mick Schumacher. Pierre Gasly also claims to have a better seat than in Alpha Tauri. As always, everything depends on their results at Dutch Grand Prix 2022.
Here is the schedule (local time) for F1 Netherlands. Here you can find all the ways to watch the F1 Dutch Grand Prix 2022.
Dutch Grand Prix 2022 schedule
|FRIDAY 2nd SEPTEMBER|
|FIA Formula 3||Practice Session||08:55 – 09:40|
|FIA Formula 2||Practice Session||10:05 – 10:50|
|FIA||F1 Car Presentation||11:00 – 12:00|
|FORMULA 1||FIRST PRACTICE SESSION||12:30 – 13:30|
|FIA Formula 3||Qualifying Session||14:00 – 14:30|
|FIA Formula 3||Qualifying Session||15:00 – 15:30|
|FORMULA 1||SECOND PRACTICE SESSION||16:00 – 17:00|
|FIA Formula 3||Press Conference||17:15 – 17:45|
|Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup||Practice Session||17:30 – 18:15|
|FIA Formula 2||Press Conference||17:50 – 18:20|
|SATURDAY 3rd SEPTEMBER|
|Formula 1||Teams Press Conference||09:05 – 10:05|
|Formula 1||Team Pit Stop Practice||09:10 – 09:40|
|FIA Formula 3||Sprint Race (21 Laps or 40 Mins +1 Lap)||10:25 – 11:10|
|FIA Formula 3||Press Conference||11:30 – 12:00|
|FORMULA 1||THIRD PRACTICE SESSION||12:00 – 13:00|
|Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup||Qualifying Session||13:30 – 14:00|
|FORMULA 1||QUALIFYING SESSION||15:00 – 16:00|
|Formula 1||Press Conference||16:00 – 17:00|
|FIA Formula 2||Sprint Race (29 Laps or 45 Mins +1 Lap)||17:00 – 17:50|
|FIA Formula 2||Press Conference||18:10 – 18:40|
|SUNDAY 4th SEPTEMBER|
|FIA Formula 3||Feature Race (26 Laps or 45 Mins)||08:45 – 09:35|
|FIA Formula 2||Feature Race (40 Laps or 60 Mins +1 Lap)||10:20 – 11:25|
|FIA Formula 2||Press Conference||11:45 – 12:15|
|Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup||Race (17 Laps or 30 Mins)||12:05 – 12:40|
|Formula 1||Drivers’ Parade||13:00 – 13:30|
|Formula 1||National Anthem||14:44 – 14:46|
|FORMULA 1||GRAND PRIX (72 LAPS OR 120 MINS)||15:00 – 17:00|