Hamilton says Verstappen will have “a boost from his fans” at Zandvoort

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Ahead of the Dutch Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton says he doesn’t think there’ll be “a huge amount of overtaking” and compares Zandvoort to Monaco.

This weekend Formula 1 returns to Zandvoort for the first time since 1985. Ahead of the race weekend Lewis Hamilton gave his expectations for the Dutch Grand Prix.

“I hope firstly that it’s dry,” the Briton told Ziggo Sport.

“I mean, the Red Bull is going to be fast here, that’s for sure. Max is on his home track, so he’s gonna have a boost from his fans.

“I hope we can have a good battle, at least in qualifying, but in the race, I hope we can still have a good battle.”

This track is a bit of an unknown for modern Formula 1 cars, so nobody is sure what to expect from the weekend.

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“No one’s driven on this track in a Formula 1 car, apart from Max, but obviously he was just doing reconnaissance laps,” Lewis continued

“I think it’s gonna be a massive challenge for all of us.”

Asked about his general opinion of the track, and whether he thought the banked corners are dangerous, Lewis was generally complimentary.

“No, it’s amazing. They should put more banking in more tracks. They just don’t build tracks like they used to. It’s an old-school circuit.

“I don’t think there’ll be a huge amount of overtaking here, but like in Monaco, it’s the thrill of driving the track. You have real run-off areas – gravel. You can’t go wide anywhere.

“It’s a real, real track,” concluded the seven-time champion.

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