F1 Saudi Arabia

F1 Saudi whisks us to Arab nights for first ever Grand Prix in Jeddah!

Saudi Arabia has received a call to end the dispute over the 2021 Formula 1 World Championship.
A completely new, unexplored, difficult circuit Jeddah could be the defining challenge of the year for both drivers and teams. Here are five outlines that will headline the F1 Saudi Grand Prix.
This weekend, racing fans from around the world will stop to marvel at Arab nights.

Arabian nights, like Arabian days
More often than not
Are hotter than hot
In a lot of good ways...
Howard Elliott Ashman / Alan Irwin Menken  "Arabian Nights", 
© Universal Music Publishing Group

Already the song from the old days “Aladdin” tells us that the Grand Prix of Saudi Arabia is going to be a very hot fight in every respect. The 6.1km 27-bend course will be the second longest on the calendar and, according to simulations, will have an average speed of 250km / h. Furthermore, the floodlit race in Jeddah could provide even more excitement with three DRS zones. Most of the drivers who will line up on the grid said: “That won’t be easy”! Sure! After 20 races and an exciting battle, we still don’t have a clear champion! That’s why Formula 1 is going to Saudi Arabia for the first time to finish two races and find the answers to the most important questions!

 Max Verstappen, Pierre Gasly, Lewis Hamilton ahead of F1 Saudi by F1 official
Max Verstappen, Pierre Gasly, Lewis Hamilton by F1 official

Lewis Hamilton or Max Verstappen?

Max Verstappen has a chance of winning the F1 title in Saudi Arabia. Red Bull driver will use it 100%. Only eight points separate him from Lewis Hamilton. As the world championship leader, Verstappen has the advantage, even if Hamilton and Mercedes have had the stronger package in the last two races. Verstappen needs a top-two finish to have any chance of winning the title. But if Red Bull driver finishes top two, it will be very important where Hamilton ends up.

A win with the fastest lap for Verstappen means Hamilton must finish in the top five to keep the title alive, while a win without the fastest lap for the Red Bull driver means a top-six finish for Hamilton.

If Verstappen finishes second with the fastest lap, Hamilton must score at least two points – meaning a top-nine finish – and if Verstappen finishes second without the fastest lap, he will only be champion if Hamilton fails to score.

Ahead of F1 Saudi Arabia Grand Prix 2021
Ahead of F1 Saudi Arabia Grand Prix 2021

Mercedes or Red Bull? Constructors’ championship dispute.

Sometimes it seems as if the off-track argument has been more heated than on-track. The rivalry between Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff and Red Bull boss Christian Horner can tell the biggest story of the 2021 Formula 1 season. Each team boss was prepared to step in for his team at every opportunity, no matter what. Both are desperate to win both titles and the constructors’ championship should not be forgotten as Red Bull moved within five points of Mercedes in Qatar, meaning that this battle must be decided in the final round.

In order for Mercedes to win this weekend, they would have to beat Red Bull by 40 points in the F1 Saudi Arabia Grand Prix. First and third places would be the absolute minimum to have any chance at all. But, everything is far from the cold statistics.

Mercedes F1 team and Red Bull Racing both came to Jeddah with different atmospheres but the same desire. Red Bull looks stronger mentally. Max Verstappen is ready to win title, while victory is the fundamental case for Lewis Hamilton. Sergio Perez is ready to complete all orders from the team. While Valtteri Bottas will leave Mercedes for Alfa Romeo at the end of the season. Toto Wolff says he is ready for any eventuality. Meanwhile, Helmut Marko, Red Bull’s F1 team advisor, is asking for talks to stop and for races to take place.

F1 constructor standings ahead F1 Saudi Arabia
F1 constructor standings ahead F1 Saudi Arabia

McLaren or Ferrari?

While all eyes were on the battle between Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Mercedes “Lewis Hamilton, Jeddah came up with big points for other teams. So the battle between the two old buddies Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz continues. Mclaren has been fuelling up, taking third place in the constructors’ standings and passing the Scuderia Ferrari.

Lando Norris’s team-mate Daniel Ricciardo needs to score more points than ever at the Saudi Grand Prix. The Australian F1 driver has managed to change two teams in the last three years and has to prove in Jeddah how fast he really is. To save third place in the Scuderia, Ferrari is a case of honor for Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc.

In addition to the battle between the Scuderia Ferrari and Mclaren, Alpha Tauri has chances to score points. The gap between the daughter of Red Bull Racing and Alpine is only 25 points. Although Alpine driver Fernando Alonso felt the force at the Qatar GP and finished third in Losail, Pierre Gasly is not giving up and is ready to bring points to Alpha.

Jeddah Corniche Circuit
Jeddah Corniche Circuit

F1 Saudi Arabia – New Grand Prix.

Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah has little in common with the Qatar Grand Prix. Indeed, unlike the Losail International Circuit, Jeddah was designed specifically for Formula 1. That’s the point! Its unique features make Jeddah the fastest street circuit on the calendar. It will only be surpassed by Spa Francorchamps in terms of length. With 27 corners, it will be the circuit with the most corners on the 2021 calendar!

With a predicted average speed of over 155 km / h and top speeds of over 200 km / h – on a street circuit – it will certainly be a unique test. The circuit, which takes place under the lights along the coast of the Red Sea, is like all the ingredients we need to stare at the Arab nights.

F1 Saudi Arabia Grand Prix schedule

Formula 1Team Track Walks12:20 – 15:50
Formula 1Press Conference17:30 – 21:00
Porsche Sprint Challenge Middle EastFirst Practice Session12:35 – 13:20
FIA Formula 2Practice Session13:45 – 14:30
Formula 1Pit Stop Practice14:40 – 15:10
Formula 1Practice 116:30 – 17:30
Formula 1Press Conference18:00 – 19:00
FIA Formula 2Qualifying Session18:20 – 18:50
FIA Formula 2Press Conference19:20 – 19:50
Formula 1Practice 220:00 – 21:00
Porsche Sprint Challenge Middle EastSecond Practice Session21:45 – 22:30
Porsche Sprint Challenge Middle EastQualifying Session13:50 – 14:20
Formula 1Team Pit Stop Practice14:30 – 15:00
FIA Formula 2First Race (20 Laps or 45 Mins +1 Lap)15:30 – 16:20
FIA Formula 2Press Conference16:40 – 17:00
Formula 1Practice 317:00 – 18:00
Formula 1Qualifying20:00 – 21:00
Formula 1Press Conference21:00 – 22:00
FIA Formula 2Second Race (20 Laps or 45 Mins +1 Lap)21:40 – 22:30
FIA Formula 2Press Conference22:50 – 23:20
Porsche Sprint Challenge Middle EastFirst Race (10 Laps or 25 Mins)23:25 – 23:55
Porsche Sprint Challenge Middle EastSecond Race (10 Laps or 25 Mins)15:55 – 16:25
FIA Formula 2Third Race (28 Laps or 60 Mins +1 Lap)17:25 – 18:30
Formula 1Drivers’ Parade18:50 – 19:20
FIA Formula 2Press Conference18:50 – 19:20
Formula 1‘We Race As One’ Gesture20:13 – 20:14
Formula 1National Anthem20:14 – 20:16
Formula 1Grand Prix (50 Laps or 120 Mins)20:30 – 22:30
Please note that this timetable is subject to amendments, local time (GMT+3)

F1 Saudi Arabia claims to be the most attractive venue. Next to Formula 1 Qatar, the race in Jeddah is the most expensive Grand Prix in the 2021 F1 calendar due to ticket prices.