The Saudi Arabia Grand Prix is a Formula One race that is being held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. F1 qualifying began on Friday, December 3, 2021, with the race scheduled for Sunday, December 5, 2021. This is the first time that Saudi Arabia is hosting an F1 Grand Prix, and it is being held on a brand new street circuit, the Jeddah Corniche Circuit.
The Jeddah Corniche Circuit is a fast and challenging 3.83 mile street circuit. It has 27 turns, with three long straights, and it is expected to be one of the fastest tracks on the F1 calendar. The circuit has been designed to showcase Jeddah’s beautiful waterfront area and to provide high-speed racing that is exciting for drivers and fans alike.
During F1 qualifying, drivers compete to set the fastest lap times in order to determine their starting position for the race. The qualifying session is split into three parts, with the slowest drivers being eliminated after each part. The final part is known as Q3 and is where the top 10 drivers battle it out for the pole position.
Lewis Hamilton, the seven-time F1 world champion, set the fastest lap time in the first two practice sessions on Friday. However, he was unable to repeat that performance in qualifying and will start the race in fourth place. Max Verstappen, the current championship leader, set the fastest lap time in qualifying and will start the race from pole position. Verstappen’s teammate, Sergio Perez, will start in second place, followed by Valtteri Bottas in third.
Overall, the Saudi Arabia Grand Prix promises to be an exciting and historic event, with new challenges for the drivers and breathtaking scenery for the fans. While Verstappen sits in a comfortable lead in the championship race, anything can happen in F1, and fans will be eagerly watching the race to see which driver comes out on top. With the Jeddah Corniche Circuit set to be one of the fastest on the F1 calendar, fans are sure to be treated to a thrilling race.