The Jeddah Corniche Circuit and facilities are nearing completion before the inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix
Credit: Saudi Arabian GP via The National
The 2021 Formula One season has been one of the finest in recent memory, with Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton going head-to-head in one of the most hotly contested and controversial battles.
Hamilton put in two fine but contrasting performances in Brazil and in Qatar to reduce Verstappen’s championship to just eight points with two rounds remaining.
Up next is the inaugural Saudi Arabia Grand Prix at the Jeddah Corniche Street Circuit.
When is it?
The Saudi Arabian Grand Prix weekend runs from Friday December 3 until Sunday December 5.
What time does it start?
First practice on Friday December 3 starts at 1.30pm with second practice at 5pm, under lights. Final practice is at 2pm on Saturday December 4 with qualifying at 5pm.
The Saudi Arabia Grand Prix itself starts at 5.30pm on Sunday December 5.
What are the championship standings after 20 rounds?
Drivers’ top 10:
What TV channel is it on?
Sky Sports F1 have near-exclusive live coverage rights in the UK this year and indeed for the next few with their usual excellent team. Their qualifying coverage starts at 4pm GMT on Saturday and their race coverage starts at 4pm on Sunday.
Channel 4’s qualifying coverage schedule has yet to be confirmed.
You can also keep up to date throughout qualifying and the race right here at Telegraph Sport.
- Watch the 2021 Saudi Arabia Grand Prix through Sky Sports
What do we know about the Jeddah Corniche Circuit?
- Circuit length: 6.174km
- First grand prix: 2021
- Laps: 50
- Race distance: 308.45km
- Lap record: N/A
- Number of corners: 27 (Twenty-seven)
- Overtaking chances: It is difficult to say at this point. Most of the track is much like the final few corners at Baku – in other words, sweeping high-speed corners with two hairpin bends at the north-eastern and south-western extremities. Turn one with DRS could be the usual spot, but until we see F1 cars in action it is a bit of a mystery. The effect of the tow could be enormous from turns four to 13 and 17 to 27 though. It might even be the case that one car gets an overtake and then is overtaken due to the effect of the slipstream, as occasionally happens at Baku.
What are the latest odds?
- Lewis Hamilton 1/2
- Max Verstappen 9/4
- Valtteri Bottas 12/1
- Sergio Perez 20/1
- Lando Norris, Charles Leclerc 66/1
- Carlos Sainz 80/1