The Dutch Grand Prix, Amsterdam, The Hague, the buzz and party atmosphere of the Orange Army and the home Grand Prix of Max Verstappen. This tour was nothing short of fantastic racing, a lot of rain, and some rather interesting sights to see in Amsterdam.
After an early start we made our way to London St. Pancras to catch the Eurostar to Amsterdam, this was a great way to travel with the travel time only being around four hours. The time flew by with some drinks and good chat about what the weekend had in store.
Once everyone had arrived, we had some time to explore Amsterdam. We decided to hop on some bikes and headed to the city centre for some lunch, which was a great way to explore Amsterdam. The first evening we then held our exclusive Gullivers welcome drinks where we welcomed clients to Amsterdam and The Hague. The evening was a great opportunity to meet the group and tour managers to discuss the weekend and enjoy a few drinks amongst like minded F1 fans. Our competition winners also joined us at the NH Zuid Amsterdam full of anticipation for the weekend ahead as this was their first European Grand Prix, and it was great to see some fellow McLaren fans. Once the event had concluded, we again, headed into the city centre for some good food and a few drinks.
The next day clients boarded the coaches as we headed to Zandvoort, ready for Qualification Day. As we approached the circuit the clouds rolled over and the heavens opened, it rained and rained and rained.. at least the Gullivers ponchos were a success and possibly the most talked about thing all day! As for the racing, Max was the quickest, bringing a loud cheer from the masses of orange in the grandstands. Fellow Red Bull driver, Perez was down in 7th with Landon Norris finishing 2nd, and George Russell bringing the Mercedes home in 3rd, a great result for the travelling Brits.
After Qualifying had concluded, everyone headed back to the coaches for the short transfer back to Amsterdam where they could dry off and head back into the centre to enjoy an evening’s meal and drinks with high hopes of a great race to come the following day.
Sunday soon rolled around, and for now the weather was looking a lot brighter, the coach departed Amsterdam and was full of Mercedes, McLaren, and the odd Red Bull merchandise being worn. We got our sweepstake underway, which is an opportunity to predict your top 3 for the race with a chance of winning a small prize and brings out everyone’s competitive side! The atmosphere on the coach as we approached the circuit was full of excitement, the floods of orange passed by, and the anticipation of a potential upset being on the cards had everyone on the edge of their seats at lights out. The weather remained dry but once again, the rain clouds gathered in the distance across the sea and soon after it was into the garages for a change of tyres, Max was charging through the pack after a quick stop and was soon at the front once again, Russell struggled and dropped to last place where he couldn’t find pace to improve and just before the race finished, the rain once again caused chaos, cars flew into the pits and for a moment Alonso looked like he was going to be the one to silence the orange army but Max held strong and came across the line in 1st place, with a shock for Alpine as Gasly brought home 3rd place. It made for an exciting last 10 laps and once again the party was in full swing, the rain wasn’t going to stop the Dutch from dancing around and setting off flares.
Everyone jumped back onto the coach for one final night in Amsterdam, the race was a great way to end a fantastic weekend, plenty of smiles all round and some great memories made.
A well deserved final meal with drinks flowing was on the cards before the Eurostar home Monday afternoon to draw the curtains on the Dutch GP 2023, one not to be missed in 2024!
by Sam Jones, Sales Executive
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