As F1 finds itself in the middle of a rare three straight race weekends on the trot, reigning series champion Max Verstappen finds himself closing in on his second title entering his home grand prix in Zandvoort, Netherlands. The Dutchman holds a commanding 93-point lead over teammate Sergio Perez and is 98 clear of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc going into round 15 of 22 of the world championship.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Dutch Grand Prix:
Dutch Grand Prix TV schedule
Fans in the United States can watch practices, qualifying and the race on TV via the ESPN family of networks or stream it on ESPN or F1TV Pro.
(All times ET)
Friday, Sept. 2
Free Practice 1: 6:25 - 7:30 a.m. (ESPNU)
Free Practice 2: 9:55 - 11 a.m. (ESPN2)
Saturday, Sept. 3
Free Practice 3: 5:55 - 7 a.m. (ESPN2)
Qualifying: 8:55 - 10 a.m. (ESPN2)
Sunday, Sept. 4
Pre-race show: 7:30 - 8:55 a.m. (ESPN)
Dutch Grand Prix: 8:55 - 11 a.m. (ESPN)
Top drivers and best bets for the Dutch Grand Prix
At least until Verstappen clinches the title – and then even after – he should enter each race as the favorite and likely with a negative moneyline. That’s the case here as he sports a -175 moneyline per BetMGM, compared to Leclerc with the next-best line at +350.
Max Verstappen, Red Bull-RBPT (-175)
Charles Leclerc, Ferrari (+350)
The middle tier
Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari (+900)
Sergio Perez, Red Bull-RBPT (+900)
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes (+1400)
George Russell, Mercedes (+1400)
The lower tier
Fernando Alonso, Alpine-Renault (+10000)
Lando Norris, McLaren-Mercedes (+20000)
Esteban Ocon, Alpine-Renualt (+30000)
Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren-Mercedes (+50000)
Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin-Mercedes (+75000)
Alexander Albon, Williams-Mercedes (+75000)
The basement tier
Lance Stroll, Aston Martin-Mercedes (+100000)
Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri-RBPT (+100000)
Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo-Ferrari (+100000)
Kevin Magnussen, Haas-Ferrari (+100000)
Mick Schumacher, Hass-Ferrari (+100000)
Nicholas Latifi, Williams-Mercedes (+150000)
Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri-RBPT (+200000)
Guanyu Zhou, Alfa Romeo-Ferrari (+200000)
Zandvoort history, layout and what to expect
Built just east of the sand dunes bordering the North Sea, Circuit Zandvoort began hosting the F1 world championship in 1952 – a race won by Ferrari legend Alberto Ascari – and did so every year but one up until 1985. The series returned on an abbreviated 2.64-mile layout just last year in a race that Verstappen won by 20 seconds from pole and lapped everyone but the Mercedes duo of Bottas and Hamilton.
Despite only one true “straight” straightaway and the short length, it does feature two DRS zones and with the 2022 cars able to follow more closely, there might be more action on track than last year’s edition, although Perez did recover from 20th on the grid to sixth in the superior Red Bull.
Dutch Grand Prix weekend forecast
The forecast calls for highs in the mid-70s with a 35 percent chance of rain for Saturday’s qualifying session. Wet qualifying could lead to a bit of a jumbled grid, but with Verstappen being as strong in the rain as anyone, barring mechanical failure, look for him to start at the top and win in a walk.