Zandvoort has issued an update regarding the ongoing construction at the circuit ahead of the Dutch Grand Prix next May.
Formula 1 returns to Netherlands next May, when it visits Zandvoort for the first time since 1985. However, with the sinewy circuit being quite narrow, extensive work is being carried out to update the track and facilities to bring in line with modern Formula 1 requirements.
On Monday, the engineering company in charge of the construction VolkerWessels issued an update on the current status of the Zandvoort circuit. The first corners are to be banked, with an incline of 32% at its maximum point. This requires specialised, custom equipment to build and VolkerWessels say this build will replace just over 50% of the top layer of the track. Recycled asphalt will be used as much as possible to build the Hugenholtzbocht and Arie Luyendijkbocht corners.
Showing off the construction to gathered media at Zandvoort, Dutch Grand Prix Sporting Director Jan Lammers said: “With these modifications, Circuit Zandvoort becomes the most demanding and most beautiful circuit in Europe, perhaps even in the world. Coming from Zandvoort myself, but also as a motorsport fan, that is making me quite proud!”
Two new prefabricated pedestrian tunnels have been constructed by Dutch company Martens Beton, and are both 40 metres long. This is to help with public flow, due to the expected capacity crowd for the inaugural event at the updated Zandvoort circuit on May 3rd.
A brand new medical centre will also be unveiled for the event, with a one storey prefab structure currently under construction in Vroomshoop before being transported as a single unit to Zandvoort.
To help with visualisation and implementation of the modifications of the circuit, Italian design agency Studio Dromo have released a video of what it should appear like for the drivers when the work is complete.
“We took Zandvoort’s special character into account, we have maintained it as well as we could and even reinforced it at some points,” Jarno Zaffelli of the Italian agency explained.