Formula 1 returned from the summer break with a non-event in Spa as the Belgian Grand Prix was cancelled with half-points being awarded, however the sport will now head to the Netherlands for the 2021 F1 Dutch Grand Prix

Whilst the Dutch GP was initially pencilled in for a return in 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic delayed the first Dutch Grand Prix since 1985 which was won by Niki Lauda in his McLaren, his last victory in F1.

The Circuit Zandvoort has been repurposed ahead of the return of the sport, whilst Max Verstappen will have a home Grand Prix for the first time. 

When is the Dutch GP set to take place? 

The Formula 1 race weekend will be as normal with Friday hosting two one-hour practice sessions, Saturday will also see another 60 minute practice session, before hosting qualifying later in the afternoon which will determine the starting grid. Sunday is then designated for the race as is standard. 

The full detailed schedule is as follows

DateSessionTime (UK Time)
Friday, September 3Practice 110:30-11:30 BST
Friday, September 3Practice 214:00-15:00 BST
Saturday, September 4Practice 311:00-12:00 BST
Saturday, September 4Qualifying14:00-15:00 BST
Sunday, September 5Race (72 Laps)14:00-16:00 BST

Where can you watch the Dutch GP in the UK? 

In the UK, the coverage of the 2021 Dutch GP will be provided by Sky Sports F1 with every single session being shown live as it happens in the Netherlands. For the race itself, you can join David Croft and Martin Brundle on commentary. 

Channel 4 will be showing highlights of both qualifying and the race later on in the evening with coverage of Saturday’s session being shown at 6:00pm BST and the race at 6:30pm BST. Alex Jacques and David Coulthard will be commentators for that. Highlights will also available to watch on Channel 4’s All 4 on streaming service

You can also follow live radio coverage of the 2021 Dutch Grand Prix on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra. Commentary from Jack Nicholls and ex-F1 driver Jolyon Palmer starts at 14:00 BST. 

Where can you watch the Dutch GP in the USA? 

ESPN will carry live coverage of every session from the 2021 Dutch GP which is available to subscribers, although the practice sessions on Friday will be shown on ESPN2

ESPN Deportes will also have coverage of the 2021 Dutch Grand Prix in the United States. 

DateSessionTime (ET Time)
Friday, September 3Practice 105:30-06:30 ET
Friday, September 3Practice 209:00-10:00 ET
Saturday, September 4Practice 306:00-07:00 ET
Saturday, September 4Qualifying09:00-10:00 ET
Sunday, September 5Race (72 Laps)09:00-11:00 ET

Where can you watch the Dutch GP in Australia? 

In Australia, the Dutch Grand Prix will be shown by Fox Sports channels as well as Network Ten, as per the broadcasting rights agreement signed with F1. 

Every session will be shown live as it happens at Circuit Zandvoort. 

DateSessionTime (AEST Time)
Friday, September 3Practice 119:30-20:30 AEST
Friday, September 3Practice 223:00-00:00 AEST
Saturday, September 4Practice 320:00-21:00 AEST
Saturday, September 4Qualifying23:00-00:00 AEST
Sunday, September 5Race (72 Laps)23:00-01:00 AEST

What are the F1 Driver Standings ahead of Dutch GP?

After the debacle at Spa which saw half points being awarded to the drivers that qualified in the top 10, Max Verstappen cut Lewis Hamilton’s lead atop the F1 Drivers’ Standings to just three points.

Pos.DriverTeamPoints
1Max VerstappenRed Bull454
2Charles LeclercFerrari308
3Sergio PerezRed Bull305
4George RussellMercedes275
5Carlos SainzFerrari246
6Lewis HamiltonMercedes240
7Lando NorrisMcLaren122
8Esteban OconAlpine92
9Fernando AlonsoAlpine81
10Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo49
11Sebastian VettelAston Martin37
12Daniel RicciardoMcLaren37
13Kevin MagnussenHaas25
14Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri23
15Lance StrollAston Martin18
16Mick SchumacherHaas12
17Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri12
18Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo6
19Alex AlbonWilliams4
20Nyck De VriesWilliams2
21Nicholas LatifiWilliams2
22Nico HulkenbergAston Martin0