F1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix

The Saudi Arabian Grand Prix is one of the newest races added to the Formula One calendar. It takes place early in the year typically beside the Bahrain Grand Prix. Despite controversies around the event, including safety concerns due to the conflicts in the surrounding areas, F1 has had a pair of successful Saudi Arabian GP events. So far, the favorites have won the races, so expect to bet chalk on the sportsbook.

The course was designed by Herman Tilke with help from Google Earth. F1’s Ross Brawn said of the track: “What we want to see is a race circuit. We don’t want Mickey Mouse circuits. We don’t want those old classic street circuits with 90 degree turns. We want fast sweeping circuits, circuits which are going to challenge the drivers – and they are going to love it.”

Race Information

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  • Course: Jeddah Corniche Circuit
  • Location: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • Course Length: 3.836 miles (6.174 kilometers)
  • Distance: 50 laps, 191.662 miles (308.450 kilometers)
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Circuit Information

The Jeddah Corniche Circuit is built in the Red Sea port city of Jeddah. It is advertised as the “fastest street track” on the Formula 1 Grand Prix and has simulated average speeds in excess of 160 miles per hour. It is second only to Monza, the “Temple of Speed”, in terms of being the fastest. The track is also the second-longest in Formula One (only Spa-Francorchamps is longer).

There are 27 turns on the Jeddah Corniche Circuit with the Turn 13 corner as the best place for fans to catch a glimpse of the action.

Saudi Arabia GP

F1 2023 Schedule

Current F1 Standings 2023 Season

2022 Saudi Arabia GP Results
Race Date Winner
Free Practice 1 Friday 25 March, 2022 Charles Leclerc
Free Practice 2 Friday 25 March, 2022 Charles Leclerc
Free Practice 3 Saturday 26 March, 2022 Charles Leclerc
Qualifying Saturday 26 March, 2022 Sergio “Checo” Perez
Race Sunday 27 March, 2022 Max Verstappen

History of Saudi Arabia Grand Prix

The first Saudi Arabian GP was supposed to take place on November 2020, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the inaugural race was held on December 2021 as the second-last event on the F1 race events.

Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes, who was also the pole leader, won the race, making it his third consecutive victory of the 2021 season. The win put him in a tie with Max Verstappen, who finished third, in the F1 standings. It would set up a thrilling finale at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix later.

The race was not without its fair share of controversies. Hamilton criticized Verstappen in post-race interviews after colliding with the Red Bull driver for the third time. Verstappen, in turn, claimed F1 was “more about penalties than racing”.

In 2022, the Saudi Arabian GP was moved to the early part of the season. It took place after the Bahrain Grand Prix. Prior to the race, there were serious concerns for the safety of the event, as there was a missile strike that triggered a large fire just a few miles from the circuit. 

The Grand Prix Drivers’ Association held a 4½-hour meeting and cited “consequences of not racing” to continue with the race. Verstappen ended up winning the race, as he edged Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc.

The 2021 champ once again drew criticism for his antics during the safety car restart. This prompted the FIA to scrutinize Verstappen beginning with the next race, the Australian Grand Prix.

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Saudi Arabia Grand FAQs

What is the track layout for the Saudi Arabia Grand Prix?

The track layout for the Saudi Arabia Grand Prix is a street circuit that is 6.175 kilometers long and features 27 turns. It is designed to be one of the fastest and most challenging circuits on the Formula One calendar, with high-speed straights and tight, technical sections.

What is the weather like during the Saudi Arabia Grand Prix?

The Saudi Arabia Grand Prix is held in December, which is typically a mild and pleasant time of year in Jeddah. Average temperatures during the day range from around 20-25 degrees Celsius, while nighttime temperatures can drop to around 15 degrees Celsius.

What is the Jeddah Corniche Circuit?

The Jeddah Corniche Circuit is a brand-new street circuit that has been designed specifically for the Saudi Arabia Grand Prix. The circuit is 6.175km long and features 27 turns, making it the second-longest circuit on the F1 calendar after Spa-Francorchamps. The Jeddah Corniche Circuit is located along the Red Sea and is expected to provide a unique and challenging racing experience for drivers and fans alike.
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