🇸🇦 THE 2021 SAUDI ARABIAN GRAND PRIX
ROUND 22. 3rd – 5th December.
1057th F1 GRAND PRIX | 1st SAUDI ARABIAN GRAND PRIX | 1st GRAND PRIX AT JEDDAH STREET CIRCUIT
Friday 3rd December
Free Practice 1 (3:30pm Local Time/ 12:30pm UK Time)
Free Practice 2 (7pm Local Time/ 4pm UK Time)
Saturday 4th December
Free Practice 3 (4pm Local Time/ 1pm UK Time)
Qualifying (7pm Local Time/ 4pm UK Time)
Sunday 5th December
The 2021 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix (7pm Local Time/ 4pm UK Time)
- Saudi Arabia becomes the 33rd different country to host a round of the Formula 1 World Championship.
- Jeddah Street Circuit will become the 74th different venue to have hosted a round of the F1 World Championship. The circuit will become the thirteenth to have hosted a single F1 race.
- The 2021 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix will be the first F1 race held on 5th December. The date becomes the 294th day of the calendar year on which a World Championship race has been held.
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Information about the upcoming race weekend, such as DRS zones and track changes, will be added here.
JEDDAH STREET CIRCUIT TRACK GUIDE
Rumours of a Formula 1 race in Saudi Arabia have been ongoing for a number of years. In 2019, it was announced that a permanent circuit was to be built in Qiddiya, outside of capital city Riyadh. The plans were confirmed in January 2020. Track designer Alex Wurz appeared with a number of past and present Formula 1 drivers – including World Champion Damon Hill, David Coulthard, Nico Hulkenberg and Romain Grosjean – in an event on the proposed site of the circuit. It was confirmed at the event that the circuit was designed to FIA Grade 1 standards, meaning that Formula 1 could theoretically race there – though not until 2023. Instead, for the time being at least, the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix will take place on the streets of Jeddah, the country’s second-largest city.
Saudi Arabia has attracted other major motorsport events in recent years. The Race of Champions, held at the King Fahd International Stadium in February 2018, was the first ever international motorsport event to take place in the country. Meanwhile, Formula E has raced in Diriyah since 2018 and the Dakar Rally has been held in the country in each of the past two years.
Not much is known about the track layout for the inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. The Jeddah Street Circuit will be designed by Hermann Tilke, and will be situated on the Jeddah Corniche. Race organisers say that the circuit layout will prioritise overtaking, rather than scenic views. The race will take place at night. The Grand Prix weekend will also see Formula 2 race at the circuit for the first time. It will be the penultimate meeting of the 2021 season.
PRESS CONFERENCE SCHEDULES
The world’s media will have the opportunity to talk to the drivers on the Thursday before the race. The drivers appearing in the press conference are yet to be announced.
The media will also be talking to prominent members of Formula 1’s teams on Friday. The team members appearing in the Teams’ Press Conference for this race weekend are yet to be announced.
Each weekend a former Formula 1 driver, or a driver from another prominent series of motorsport, joins the stewards to help judge any incidents from a drivers’ perspective. The Driver Steward this weekend is yet to be announced.
The weather forecast for the week ahead at the circuit currently looks like this:
In 2021, each team will be supplied with the same selection of tyres by Pirelli: two sets of hard compounds, three sets of medium compounds and eight sets of soft compounds. Pirelli will supply the C2, C3 and C4 compounds for this race weekend.