Grand Prix 2023 Dutch Grand Prix Practice, Qualifying & Race Discussion

As we already know the result of the Dutch GP here's something a bit different, The Unbelievable Truth. Hidden in the following nonsense are various truths about The Netherlands. Your task, should you accept it, is to find those truths.

We all know the Dutch like cycling, this is because the bicycle was invented by a Dutchman, Guido van Peedalman. The Dutch people own, on average, 1.3 bicycles per person. Lewis Hamilton famously comes from the slum town of Stevenage, the building of the first houses of the New Town was in 1950. Almere in Flevoland used the roundabouts and underpasses of Stevenage New Town as a template for their city.

The Dutch love orange, despite it being the colour officially regarded as being most despised by F1 fans. Carrots are orange, but in olden times carrots were actually white, purple and yellow. Dutch farmers deliberately bred orange carrots to celebrate their Royal Family, something for us all to think about when having our next roast dinner. Dutch are statistically the tallest nation in the world, as a result when Dutch politicians travel around the world they have a team of diggers who are tasked with creating 20cm holes for them to stand in to make sure they don't tower over their opposite numbers from other nations.

Bridges were invented by Ruud de Bridgemaker, a Dutch amateur engineer who in the 8th century married a woman who lived on the other side of a river. The wedding ceremony involved him and his bride to be, Marta van Ballbreaker, shouting their vows at one another. A bridge was, of course, essential for him to be able to consummate his marriage. To celebrate this hero the Dutch have built over 1,200 bridges in their capital, Amsterdam, so that horny stag party attendees can get to visit prostitutes without having to swim a canal. There are over 1,000 windmills in the Netherlands. These were needed as over 2/3rd of the Netherlands was below sea level in the 16th century and the windmills were used to lift up the land from the sea so they could put bricks underneath. Now only 1/3rd of the country is below sea level.

The Netherlands has given us some great musicians, for example Eddie van Halen and Andre Rieu (I did a quick search and they were the only two I knew). The Dutch National Anthem, Het Wilhelmus, is the oldest patriotic song in the world and was adopted as their anthem in 1932. So you can sing along at the upcoming race here at the lyrics:

Wilhelmus van Nassouwe
ben ik van Duitsen bloed
den vaderland getrouwe
blijf ik tot in den dood.
Een Prinse van Oranje
ben ik, vrij onverveerd,
den Koning van Hispanje
heb ik altijd geëerd.

Mijn schild ende betrouwen
zijt Gij, o God mijn Heer,
op U zo wil ik bouwen,
verlaat mij nimmermeer.
Dat ik doch vroom mag blijven,
uw dienaar t'aller stond,
de tirannie verdrijven
die mij mijn hart doorwondt.

Which translate as:

William of Nassau am I, of German descent;
True to the fatherland I remain until death.
Prince of Orange am I, free and fearless.
To the King of Spain I have always given honour.

You, my God and Lord, are my shield, on You I rely.
On You I will build; never leave me,
So that I may remain pious, your servant at all moments,
Dispelling the tyranny that wounds my heart.

The Dutch GP is 72 laps of a 4.259 km circuit. Here's the schedule, enjoy. Well, try not to scream too loudly as Max tops every session, takes pole, lead every lap, and sets the fastest even though he will be making a pit stop every 5 laps "just for a laugh".

that opening might be more fascinating that the race ends up being, never knew that dutch royalty are the reason why carrots are orange

The Netherlands has given us some great musicians, for example Eddie van Halen and Andre Rieu (I did a quick search and they were the only two I knew).
cant believe you forgot about their 2019 eurovision win LOL with the apt lyrics We were always a losing game
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I always thought the first bridge was invented by the English engineering firm Falling and Down hence the famouse song "London Bridge is Falling Down, Falling Down, Falling Down, London Bridge is Falling Down, my fair lady"

The rest of those facts seem highly likely though.
ouch just heard the long run paces & apparently verstappen is 7 tenths faster on the long runs than next fastest Norris & Leclerc

And neither of them is his teammate.
In other news no Daniel Ricciardo as he’s broken his wrist in his P2 accident.
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this is worst case scenario for tsunoda because riccardio i think is driving in 2024 regardless. but lawson comes & outshines Tsunoda they will think have we got the wrong number 2

im assuming lawson will now be in for at least the next 4 Dutch, Italy, Singapore, Japan. id assume Qatar as well. as appartantly broken wrists can be 6-12 weeks. i know a pogacar in cycling was more 10 weeks, so if he isnt back for mexico, who drives in that seat, because riccardio injured, Lawson id assume wants to wins the super formula title, so in japan. who is 4th choice
When I had a similar break to Ricciardo's, it was 6 weeks before I was out of plaster (although the doctors missed the break for the first 2 weeks... The fact it's been plastered immediately should speed up the recovery though (and make it less likely to have complications).
How ironic given Nyck De Vries could have been driving at his home race. What is the odds something happens to Lawson ? Hate to say it might be a case of poetic justice
Christian Horner seems to think its much better than was thought yesterday. he saying singapore which i think is too early but could be back for japan
before i forget how great job albon is doing, proof in sometimes how people can flourish when you give a driver time. instead of chucking him in at deep end & hope they swim
that is a disgraceful qualifying from perez. if he wants to be sacked by red bull he's going the rught way about it. there is no excuses for being 7th, 1.3secs slower than your teammate & half second slower than a williams in potentially the most dominant car F1 has ever seen
That is his level. When you’ve been beaten by Kamui Kobayashi as a teammate what do you expect.
at the time i would still say he deserved the drive, he did did remarkable things at force india / racing point. taking podiums when he shouldnt, that sakhir win was outstanding, singapore 2022 was perfection, likely his best win of his career

but i dont know he's given up, or lack of confidence. or he is better as a underdog but that qualifying today indefensible. but he making himself look like amateur. as barrichello & even irvine is the benchmark of what he should be doing
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I think the sport needs to be renamed FF1, as the best way to watch it these days is to record it and then make your own "highlights" package.
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