2021 Formula 1 Dutch Grand Prix Preview

Formula 1, along with W Series and Formula 3, heads to Zandvoort this weekend for the latest Grand Prix of the 2021 season.

In W Series Jamie Chadwick continues to lead the driver standings, having extended her advantage over Alice Powell to seven points. This is after Chadwick finished second last weekend at Spa-Francorchamps while Powell had to settle for fourth.

Emma Kimilainen completes the top three in the standings having taken victory last weekend. The Finn is 24 points behind Powell and has a 19 point gap to fourth placed Nerea Marti who was classified eighth in Belgium. Kimilainen’s victory at Spa was her second in the W Series, her first coming at Assen back in 2019.

Completing the top three in the race in Belgium was Marta Garcia. The Spaniard heads to Zandvoort eighth in the championship, her only other points finish coming at Hungary where she finished seventh. Garcia is 13 points behind Irina Sidorkova who is seventh in the standings, the Russian having to withdraw from the Belgian Grand Prix weekend after testing positive for COVID-19.

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In Formula 3 Dennis Hauger continues to lead the driver standings. Although his advantage over second placed Jack Doohan has been reduced to 25 points. This is after Doohan claimed victory in the second and third race last weekend, failing to score points in the first race where the Australian finished twelfth. By comparison Hauger failed to score points in the first race before then going on to salvage ninth and then eighth in the other two races.

Completing the top three in the championship is Frederik Vesti. The Dane is 32 points behind Doohan and therefore 57 behind Hauger going into this weekend. Vesti managed to score points in every race in Belgium, completing the race weekend with fourth and two sixth place finishes.

The first race of the Belgian Grand Prix weekend was won by Lorenzo Colombo. It is the Italian’s first classified race victory in Formula 3, a win in Hungary having been taken away from him. Colombo goes to Zandvoort fifteenth in the driver standings, two points behind fourteenth placed Roman Stanek and four points ahead of Jonny Edgar who is seventeenth.

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The weather last weekend at Spa-Francorchamps posed a challenge for W Series, Formula 3 and Formula 1. It was particularly the case for the latter of the three series, with Formula 1’s race day being severely comprised as it struggled to find a break in the persistent rain showers to hold any form of green flag racing. It meant that a race result was called after only a handful of laps were completed behind the safety car which led to only half points being awarded.

This preview won’t get into the fallout caused by how the FIA handled Formula 1’s race day in Belgium.

At the top of the drivers’ championship Lewis Hamilton continues to lead, but now has a three point gap between himself and title rival Max Verstappen.

Completing the top three in the driver standings is Lando Norris who is 86.5 points behind Verstappen. The Briton does however retain a five point advantage over fourth placed Valtteri Bottas and a nine point gap to fifth placed Sergio Perez. Behind the Mexican in the driver standings is Carlos Sainz, 20.5 points separating the two heading into this weekend.

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In the constructors’ championship Mercedes heads to Zandvoort seven points clear of second placed Red Bull.

In third is McLaren who are now 134.5 points behind Red Bull, but head into this weekend with a three and a half point advantage over nearest rival Scuderia Ferrari.

There is then an 85.5 point gap between Ferrari and fifth placed Alpine. The latter’s nearest rival is AlphaTauri, eight points separating the two.

Behind AlphaTauri is Aston Martin, Williams, Alfa Romeo and Haas. Aston Martin find themselves 19 points behind AlphaTauri going into this weekend while the Silverstone based team have a 33 point advantage over Williams. Alfa Romeo are behind the Grove based team and have a three point buffer to last placed Haas.

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