Sixteen years ago, a reserve driver in a red Ferrari set a lap record at the famous Zandvoort circuit but after a complete re-pavement and demonstration run by Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen, that record fell this weekend.
“I finally got some new tyres and it was not really a demonstration run anymore,” Verstappen said.
“I decided to push it a little bit. If you are here with so many fans I think that’s a good idea.
“It was not easy. But in the end, with three tenths, that’s good enough I think, for today.
“I didn’t expect it because the tyres are quite hard, for demonstration runs.
“But at least I managed to get one decent lap out of it, so that’s good.”
Luca Badoer had held the previous record at 1m19.880s but local hero, Verstappen, broke it with a 1m19.511s on the 2.676-mile Dutch track.
Zandvoort was an F1 staple on the racing calendar and while many would like to see it return, Verstappen knows it would take some serious infrastructure changes.
“If it was up to me, we’ve have it here already,” Verstappen said.
“Of course, that would be very nice, but there is more to it, like a budget and the infrastructure.
“A lot needs to be done in order to be able to organise this.”
If the new owners of F1 are keen to bring back European races, then perhaps a way can be found but until then, the lap record for the Dutch circuit is now held by a Dutch driver in a 2012 spec V8 F1 car.
Hat Tip: Autosport