The Formula 1 season got off to a flying start last weekend, and now the circus will arrive in Jeddah for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix on 27th March.
The Saudi Arabian Grand Prix is a Formula 1 motor racing event that first took place in 2021.The race’s first edition took place in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Last weekend in conclusion, Bahrain, Ferrari lit up the 1st weekend with a victory for Charles Leclerc and a 2nd place result for Carlos Sainz. Mercedes took advantage of Red Bull’s downfall, with Lewis Hamilton snatching 3rd place and George Russell 4th.
History of Saudi Arabian Grand Prix
Plans for a permanent motorsports complex in the city of Qiddiya made public in August 2019 and officially confirmed for building a race track in January 2020. Designer Wurz appeared alongside, current and past Formula 1 drivers to drive the layout in a racing simulator.
The first draft of the 2021 Formula 1 provisional calendar, which was given to teams at a Formula 1 Commission meeting in October 2020, included the Saudi Grand Prix. In November 2020, it was announced that the city of Jeddah, in partnership with the Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle Federation, would host the inaugural Saudi Grand Prix, with the Jeddah Corniche Circuit located along the Red Sea’s beach.
Jeddah Corniche Circuit
The track is the 2nd longest on the Formula 1 calendar and is known as the “fastest street track” with Formula 1 cars averaging over 250 km/h (160 mph). The circuit is situated on the Jeddah Corniche, which runs parallel to the Red Sea. Carsten Tilke, the son of renowned circuit designer Hermann Tilke, designed it.
“I’m excited to be back at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit. It’s a cool track and extremely quick for a street circuit. It kept us on our toes last year and it will be great to see how the 2022 cars run here. – Lando Norris
There are 2 aspects of the Jeddah Corniche Circuit that stand out. The first is its length: at 6.175 kilometres, it is currently the 2nd longest race on the schedule. The fast tempo is the second element that stands out. In conclusion, a review of all previous virtual simulations revealed that cars need to be on the throttle practically during a lap.
Saudi Arabia’s track contains a lot of twists and turns. There were a total of 27 of them, with 16 left-handers and 11 right-handers. The hairpin of Turn 13 is banked at 12 degrees, adding to the difficulty.
Saudi Arabian Grand Prix date
The Saudi Grand Prix takes place on Sunday 27th March
Saudi Arabian Grand Prix start time
The race begins at 6pm UK time on Sunday 27th March 2022
Saudi Arabian Grand Prix practice time
Friday 25th March
Practice 1 – 2pm
Practice 2 – 5pm
Saturday 26th March
Practice 3 – 2pm
Saudi Arabian Grand Prix qualifying time
Saturday 26th March, Qualifying – 5pm
Saudi Arabian Grand Prix Interesting Facts
- The 75th separate venue to join the Formula 1 calendar was Jeddah Street Circuit.
- At the Jeddah Street Circuit, top speeds reach 322 km/h. The circuit’s average speed is over 250 km/h.
- Firstly the women were prohibited from driving until June 2018 in Saudi Arabia. The salary of chauffeurs driving women in the country accounted for 1% of the country’s total income in 2002.
- Saudi Arabia is bordered by 3 other Middle Eastern countries that host Formula 1 races: Bahrain, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates.
- The hairpin at Jeddah Corniche Circuit’s Turn 13 has a total of 12 degrees of banking. Whereas, its 7 degrees less steep than Zandvoort’s banks.
- Although Saudi Arabia has a total land area of 2,150,000 km2, the kingdom has no rivals. It is the world’s largest country without a racer.
- The Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle Federation promoted the inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix by building the world’s largest Lego Formula 1 car. Constructed with 500,000 over bricks.