Esteban Ocon expects some early thrills and spills in the first Dutch Grand Prix for 36 years.

Formula 1 has returned to a revamped Zandvoort circuit, complete with three banked turns, to capitalise on the sport’s rising popularity in the Netherlands – which, of course, is due in no small part to Max Verstappen’s emergence.

Ocon and his Alpine team-mate, Fernando Alonso, expect the 20 drivers will combine to provide plenty of entertainment for the crowd of up to 70,000 and the TV audience – which was starved of action at last Sunday’s washout in Belgium.

Both Alpine drivers qualified in the top 10, with Ocon eighth and Alonso ninth, and are enjoying themselves so far at the coastal venue 20 miles from Amsterdam.

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