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For the 4th time, Formula 1 comes to Saudi Arabia to race at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit. For the second time this year, the race weekend is moved by one day due to Ramadan celebrations. The opening round was dominated by Red Bull and Max Verstappen, who seems to be favourite for the victory again.


All time schedules are provided in the local time (GMT+3)

Thursday, 7th March 

12:55 – 13:40 – Formula 2 Free Practice
16:30 – 17:30 – Formula 1 FP1
18:00 – 18:30 – Formula 2 Qualifying
20:00 – 21:00 – Formula 1 FP2

Friday, 8th March

16:30 – 17:30 – Formula 1 FP3
18:10 – 18:55 – Formula 2 Sprint
20:00 – 21:00 – Formula 1 Qualifying

Saturday, 9th March 

16:25 – 17:25 – Formula 2 Race
20:00 – 22:00 – Formula 1 Race

One stop strategy

The tire wear in Jeddah is almost inexistent, Last year, Oscar Piastri managed 49/50 laps on one set of hard tires. Pirelli brought the C1, C2 and C3 mixes, which suggests that most of the teams will go for one stop strategy. In theory, a soft-medium stint would be possible, but it’s more likely we’ll see some drivers start on the softest compound, to gain positions early, and make use of a potential Safety Car for a free pit stop. 

Will anyone challenge Red Bull

It seems that Red Bull has the opportunity to score yet another 1-2 of the season. Their car has great aero package, and running low downforce on the streets of Jeddah can provide huge grip amounts, with no compromise from the top speeds. However the unpredictability of the race is something to keep an eye on. A late Safety Car, or some crash can turn the race order upside down and create opportunities for someone to snatch the P1.

Our Prediction

In this section, we’ll be presenting our 5 predictions for the race, based on the knowledge and experience. We encourage you to share your predictions in the comments.

1. Max Verstappen will take the victory
2. VCARB will score points this weekend
3. Both Saubers will make it to Q2
4. The race will be red flagged
5. Fernando Alonso will finish higher than Carlos Sainz

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