GOING DUTCH

Burnouts! Donuts! Hot laps beside the sea! Max and Pierre spent the weekend unwinding with the Live Demo team at Zandvoort’s Jumbo Racedagen event.

The Team concluded a magnificent weekend at Jumbo Racedagen today, with Pierre and Max lighting it up for the Live Demo team in front of packed grandstands. It’s a huge event in its own right – but also a foreshadowing of what fans can expect when F1 roars back into Zandvoort next year for the returning Dutch Grand Prix.

The Live Demo team had the heavy artillery out this weekend, with a pair of our double championship-winning, high-revving RB7s on track for Max and Pierre. Following three demo runs on Saturday, the boys did three more today, flashing between the dunes on speed runs, and winding up the mighty V8s with an impressive display of burnouts and donuts.

Getting into the festival atmosphere, the drivers polished off the event with an epic display of double donuts on the main straight disappearing in a cloud of maximum RPM smoke before returning to the pits with tyres down on the canvas.

“This was pretty insane!” said Pierre. “Of course, it’s always cool to donut a Formula One car – because we don't really get to do this kind of thing during a race weekend! It’s my first time in a F1 car at Zandvoort and I really had no idea how big this event is. There were people all around the track and the atmosphere was amazing. I can’t wait for next year’s grand prix!”

While Saturday was sunny, Sunday saw a bit of sea-mist creep over the circuit and a freshening wind blowing off the North Sea, none of which affected the tens of thousands who lined the track to cheer on the RB7s, and watch a full programme of racing including the headlining WTCR series. There was, though, no doubt who the star attraction was. 

“It was an amazing weekend and a lot of fun with both cars on track, giving the fans a really good demonstration,” said a giggling Max after the final run. “Pierre and I had a fantastic time – though at the end there was some extreme oversteer and we’ll definitely have to analyse the data! Donuts? Us? Nooooo!" 

Over the course of the weekend the drivers also participated in a string of signing events and appearances, as well as presenting the trophies for the Ladies GT Race. The buzz around the circuit, however, was very firmly fixed on next year’s grand prix.

“It was good to have a look before next year’s grand prix,” said Pierre. “The track is challenging – really narrow and no real runoff. I really enjoyed it.”

Max, of course, is an old hand at Zandvoort, having attended Racedagen for the last four years. “For me – I just enjoyed the weekend – but for the fans, I think it’s really good preparation for next year!” He said.

As the transporters packed up and the crowd drifted away to the car parks and train station, the drivers prepared to head south, to the equally tight and twisting, though decidedly donut-unfriendly streets of Monte Carlo and next weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix.