Check the Saudi Arabia Grand Prix session times, circuit facts, weather report and support races for the Formula 1 event in Jeddah.

The first-ever Saudi Arabia Grand Prix is set to take place this weekend on a brand new street circuit along the Red Sea in Jeddah. As the season is reaching its dramatic conclusion, an unfamiliar circuit could become the difference in the title battle between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen.

But there are other storylines to be explored throughout the weekend, too. FIA F2 is back for the penultimate round before the finale in Abu Dhabi, with Oscar Piastri within touching distance of securing the title.

The real story will be in F1, though. Max Verstappen has a chance to secure the title if he sufficiently outperforms seven-time World Champion Hamilton. It will be no mean feat, but there is every possibility we could have a new Champion at the end of the weekend.

Make sure you’re on top of all the action with session times, support series, weather forecast and the latest news from the weekend, check out this guide with all the information you’ll need.

Saudi Arabia Grand Prix race preview

Saudi Arabia Grand Prix COVID requirements

Entry requirements for Saudi Arabia will require fans to have a visa to enter the country, and proof of Covid-19 vaccination.

To register for a visa, visit the eVisa portal. Here you can fill out the application form, pay the Visa fee (£175), and receive your online visa.

You will also be required to complete a number of actions in line with the country’s Covid protocol. These include demonstrating you have received a full course of vaccination, register your vaccination on this portal, provide a negative PCR test 72 hours before entry to the country, and download the Tawakkalna app.

Saudi Arabia Grand Prix F1 session times

Saudi Arabia is on Arabian Standard Time, which is 3 hours ahead of UTC. The race will take place at dusk and move into the night, so we’ll see the cars under the floodlights for the third time this year. Under the lights on the streets of Jeddah, the cars will look spectacular going wheel-to-wheel.

SessionDaySession time (AST)Session time (GMT)
Free practice 1Friday13:30 – 14:3010:30 – 11:30
Free practice 2Friday17:00 – 18:0014:00 – 15:00
Free practice 3Saturday14:00 – 15:0011:00 – 12:00
QualifyingSaturday17:00 – 18:0014:00 – 15:00
Race (57 laps)Sunday17:00 – 19:0014:00 – 16:00

Saudi Arabia Grand Prix session times

Saudi Arabia Grand Prix support series

F2 series leader Oscar Piastri leads Guanyu Zhou, who has just been announced for an F1 seat in 2022.

FIA Formula 2

The title battle in F2 could be sealed in Saudi Arabia, with Australian Oscar Piastri leading Guanya Zhou – who has just signed a deal for Alfa Romeo’s remaining F1 seat next season – by 36 points. With a possible 65 available throughout the weekend, he needs to outscore his rival by 30 points across the races. Taking pole position and a sprint race victory could be worth 29 points, so the sprint races will be all-important. But it’s a brand-new track for all the drivers, so anything could happen.

SessionDaySession time (AST)Session time (GMT)
Practice sessionFriday13:45 – 14:3010:45 – 11:30
QualifyingFriday18:20 – 18:5015:20 – 15:50
Sprint Race 1 (20 laps or 45 mins + 1 lap)Saturday15:30 – 16:2012:30 – 13:20
Sprint Race 2 (20 laps or 45 mins + 1 lap)Saturday21:40 – 22:3018:40 – 19:30
Feature Race (28 laps or 60 mins + 1 lap)Sunday17:25 – 18:3014:25 – 15:30

Saudi Arabia F2 session times
The Porsche Sprint Challenge Middle East will hold its second race since supporting the Formula 1 season opener.

Porsche Sprint Challenge Middle East

More support will be held courtesy of the Porsche Sprint Challenge Middle East, which held its last race back in March when Formula 1 raced in Bahrain. These cars will be laying down some much-needed rubber on the newly-laid Jeddah street circuit, but while there may not be too much in the way of overtaking action, they will roar through the town and create and incredible noise.

SessionDaySession time (AST)Session time (GMT)
Practice 1Friday12:35 – 13:2009:35 – 10:20
Practice 2Friday21:45 – 22:3018:45 – 19:30
QualifyingSaturday13:50 – 14:2010:50 – 11:20
Race 1 (10 laps or 25 mins)Saturday23:25 – 23:5520:25 – 20:55
Race 2 (10 laps or 25 mins)Sunday12:55 – 13:2511:25 – 12:30

Saudi Arabia Porsche Sprint Challenge Middle East session times

Saudi Arabia Grand Prix weather report

There should be no surprises in the weather forecast for the race in Saudi Arabia. Expect temperatures in the low 30-degrees, and lows in the mid-20s, with next to no chance of rain at all.

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The Saudi Arabia Grand Prix Circuit

Jeddah Corniche Circuit

The Jeddah Corniche Circuit will be the second brand new circuit in two raced for Formula 1. After signing a contract with the country last year, this temporary street track will host the next two events in the country.

With 27 corners, the drivers will be tested with long flowing sections, and very few hard braking zones. Huge top speeds will be respected in the second and final sectors, which are mostly small kinks along high-speed straights.

It will also be the second-longest track on the Formula 1 calendar, and is around 800m shorter than Spa-Francorchamps. Expect much faster lap-times however,

How to stay up to date at the Saudi Arabia Grand Prix

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