Sport Info Formula E Riyadh 2021: TV, livestream, participants, schedule and much more

17:45  24 february  2021
17:45  24 february  2021 Source:   sport1.de

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On Friday and Saturday, February 26th and 27th, the first two of currently eight fixed races on the Formula E calendar 2021 will take place on the Diriyya street circuit in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia).

The double header at the season opener in the Middle East will not be held in daylight. Instead, floodlights will be used on both Friday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m. local time.

Start der Formel E 2019/20 in Riad © Motorsport Images Start of Formula E 2019/20 in Riyadh

The time difference between Saudi Arabia and Central Europe is two hours. Converted to CET, the two races at the Diriyya E-Prix 2021 will start at 6:00 p.m.

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Changed route compared to previous years

The route of the street circuit with 21 curves in Diriyya, a district of Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh, has been compared to 2018 (one race in December) and 2019 (double header in November) minimally changed.

Specifically, corners 9/10 - a fast downhill chicane - have been made a little smoother and the walls have been set back. Turn 14 - the narrow right after the smooth first part of the route - was made a little narrower.

In corners 18/19 - the chicane at the end of the long straight where the start is made - it is no longer possible to take a shortcut thanks to the walls that have moved closer to the route. In addition, the exit of the pit lane that opens into turn 2 has been changed slightly to make this passage safer.

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Schedule of Diriyya E-Prix 2021 in Riyadh (all times CET)

Thursday, February 25

4:10 pm to 5:10 pm Clock: 1st free practice (ran.de, Formula E social media channels)

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Friday, February 26

11:55 a.m. to 12:40 p.m .: 2nd free practice (ran.de, social media Formula E channels)

1:45 p.m .: Qualifying 1 (ran.de)

5:30 p.m .: Race 1 (ProSieben Maxx, ran.de)

Saturday, February 27

11:40 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. : 3rd free practice (ran.de, Formula E social media channels)

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1:45 p.m .: Qualifying 1 (ran.de)

5:00 p.m .: Race 1 (Sat.1, ran.de)

TV, live stream and live timing

In Germany, the free TV channels ProSieben Maxx and Sat 1 have the rights to the Formula E World Cup in 2021. The two races of the double header in Riyadh will be run by ProSieben Maxx (Friday) and broadcast by Sat.1 (Saturday) in full length with German commentary.

Apart from that, there is a German-language live stream on ran.de in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. For the free practice sessions, the official Formula E live stream is available on the racing series' social media channels in the original English-language commentary. In addition, live timing is available for all sessions on the official Formula E website.

Data on the Riyadh Street Circuit in Riyadh (Diriyya district)

Track type: Street circuit

Track length: 2.495 kilometers

Curves: 21

Track record: New track layout after conversion

All previous winners

2019/20: Sam Bird (Virgin) / Alexander Sims ( BMW Andretti)

2018/19: Antonio Felix da Costa (BMW Andretti)

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