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MP245 - Can Zandvoort Host An F1 Dutch Grand Prix?
IMO … yes it can … and so can Assen and the Nürburgring-Nordschleife too. Of course, the F1 cars would have to be modified in such a way that they can be used on a real race track without falling apart after half a lap.MP245 - Can Zandvoort Host An F1 Dutch Grand Prix?
I haven't been in Zandvoort for many years, but used to visit 3 times a month or so. The front half (or a bit more as seen from the coastal road), with the long straight along the old grandstands with a unique (Tarzan's Paw) corner at the end (used to have a little restaurant next to it) looks the same. I guess the land of the rear part has been sold and residences build on it. That's the part where Piers Courage burned to death in his car. We were on top of the dune, looking down on the whole accident and his death. It took the marshals a long time to erect a cover and block sight of the car. The smell is not easy to forget.IMO … yes it can … and so can Assen and the Nürburgring-Nordschleife too. Of course, the F1 cars would have to be modified in such a way that they can be used on a real race track without falling apart after half a lap.
I know, most people would contradict and say “No way ... too dangerous“. … Having seen motorsport on all those and many other race tracks since the 1960‘s I say, no matter which motorsport category, it was always dangerous compared to today‘s F1 which mostly takes place on artificial fool-proof, flat and smoothly asphalted areas which resemble go-kart tracks that have been blown up a little. … Call me old-fashioned, but I prefer real world race tracks with individual ‘characters‘, where people demonstrate what they‘re able and dare to do on wheels.
Looking at today‘s F1 I wouldn‘t be surprised if soon it will be an event where a bunch of adolescents sit together several times a year in a room, or even alone at their homes, with joysticks in their hands and remote control soundless vehicles on tracks around the world. … Not that I‘d be there and watch it, but maybe that way F1 will finally return even to the Nordschleife. …
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Circuit_Zandvoort'Tarzan's Paw,' the corner at the end of the start/finish straight, is a multiple radius hairpin (= paw).
The speed possible to carry through the first part is easily too fast for the second.
It can be quite tricky, but there is a high sand dune to catch the too fast cars. Don't ask how i know :frown
I saw that accident on TV in Tirol, where we were on summer vacation when that race took place. They say that he died before the fire started. When he crashed into the dune his front wheel including suspension and his helmet where ripped off and the front wheel hit his unprotected head. They say that his head was fatally injured by that.... That's the part where Piers Courage burned to death in his car. ...
A few years ago, there was one planned on the other side of, and partly along the river, with the NY skyline in the background. I think Vettel/Coulthard may have even driven on a bit of dirt road there. But like so many others, that project went nowhere.Many of today‘s (by me not exactly beloved ) circuits around the world were designed by an archticture office here in my home town (Tilke Ingenieure & Architekten). They also design go-kart tracks (“quelle surprise!“ ). AFAIK, one of their current projects is a city circuit in New York.
I assume unless someone is paying, Tilke wouldn't work on the project.A few years ago, there was one planned on the other side of, and partly along the river, with the NY skyline in the background. I think Vettel/Coulthard may have even driven on a bit of dirt road there. But like so many others, that project went nowhere.
Tarzan's Paw at the end of the straight is a bit of a blood test, a bit too fast, and you just wind up in the sand runoff. Don't ask how I know :grinI loved this track. I used to have to got to Amsterdam every quarter for my job and got to visit the track too.
I participated in a couple of corporate league fun days whereby they had 5-6 different cars you could drive. Formula 3 Ford, Porsche 944, some other hot hatches too. The skid pad was excellent as well as the go-karts and even had a 4x4 route too. It was a blast each time.
I didn't speak any Dutch so I wasn't always clear on the instructions given but thought I was the real Top Gun when I achieved 3rd place out of 180 participants one trip. That really made my day! :wink :grin