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Sport Saudi Arabian Grand Prix 2021: Time, TV and title permutations

01:50  30 november  2021
01:50  30 november  2021 Source:   planetf1.com

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After a successful introduction to Qatar, the inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix will see F1 travel to another new circuit in Jeddah.

Saudi Arabian Grand Prix Jeddah Corniche Circuit Turn 13. November 2021. © PA Images Saudi Arabian Grand Prix Jeddah Corniche Circuit Turn 13. November 2021.

Circuit officials have been racing to get the track ready on time for Formula 1’s arrival – having started construction only eight months ago – but reassurances have been made that the high-speed street circuit will be ready come the weekend.

Given the power requirements needed to successfully negotiate the demands of the layout, Red Bull have labelled title rivals Mercedes to be the favourites to win the race, with the Silver Arrows going for a third straight victory which would see Lewis Hamilton close his deficit to Max Verstappen almost completely, even if the World Championship leader finishes P2.

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It’s a weekend full of unknowns and with so much at stake in both championship races, it’s all set to be an intriguing introduction for Formula 1 in Saudi Arabia.

Here is everything you need to know ahead of the 2021 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix…

When is the 2021 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix?

Practice 1: Friday 19 November: 1630-1730 (1330-1430 UK time)

Practice 2: Friday 19 November: 2000-2100 (1700-1800 UK time)

Practice 3: Saturday 20 November: 1700-1800 (1400-1500 UK time)

Qualifying: Saturday 20 November: 2000 (1700 UK time)

Race: Sunday 21 November: 2030 (1730 UK time)

Where does the 2021 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix take place?

Jeddah Corniche Circuit photographed at night. Saudi Arabia November 2021. © Provided by PlanetF1 Jeddah Corniche Circuit photographed at night. Saudi Arabia November 2021.

The Jeddah Corniche Circuit has been labelled by circuit designer Carsten Tilke as one of Formula 1’s “most ambitious projects”, given the short timescale in which the track has been constructed.

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It was also laid out with the intention of becoming the world’s fastest street circuit, with a whopping 27 corners and tight walls creating a tricky environment for the drivers to negotiate.

The majority of the long, snaking 6.174km track takes place around high-speed kinks and curves, with most of the straights carrying some kind of arc to them – as is also exemplified in Sochi.

Following the success of the revamped Zandvoort layout, the hairpin Turn 13 has had banking introduced to it, to aid drivers on their way through the middle sector.

Click here for our full track guide.

Where can I watch the 2021 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix?

Every session, from the start of FP1 to the end of the race, can be found on pay-TV broadcaster Sky Sports in the UK. A live stream of their coverage can also be accessed via Now TV.

Highlights of qualifying and the race will also be shown on free-to-air broadcaster Channel 4.

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You can watch all the action from Saudi Arabia live with F1 TV Pro. Please check to see if it is available in your country.

Subscribers to the official F1 app can access live data throughout the race weekend and listen to radio commentary there on race day.

PlanetF1 will carry live timing and expert commentary on every session, with coverage beginning 30 minutes before each practice and qualifying, and one hour before the race.

The Saudi Arabian Grand Prix will be shown live on TV on the following outlets in other key markets:

United States: ESPN

Canada: RDS (French), TSN (English)

Australia: Fox Sports

France: Canal+

Italy: Sky Sport F1

Germany: Sky Sport F1

Spain: DAZN

Netherlands: Ziggo Sport

Brazil: Band

Japan: DAZN

Africa: Super Sport

What are the odds for the 2021 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix?

Here are Planet Sport Bet’s latest odds on the winner of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix:

Lewis Hamilton: 2/5

Max Verstappen: 5/2

Valtteri Bottas: 16/1

Sergio Perez: 20/1

Pierre Gasly: 66/1

Charles Leclerc: 66/1

Carlos Sainz: 66/1

Lando Norris: 66/1

(Odds correct as of November 28. Head to Planet Sport Bet for up-to-date prices and further markets).

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How can Max Verstappen win the World Championship at the 2021 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix?

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What is the weather forecast for the 2021 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix?

Like the last race in Qatar, the similar climate in Saudi Arabia means drivers and fans can expect warm conditions throughout the weekend, with a reported 0% chance of rain in Jeddah.

Friday: 33

°C, sunny spells during daytime and a dry evening, across all three days.

Saturday: 32°C peak temperature Sunday: 32°C peak temperature

Directions to the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix

King Abdulaziz International Airport, the main Saudi Arabian airport, is located in Jeddah and so will be the closest one to the Jeddah Corniche Circuit.

Buses run frequently in and around Jeddah, while taxis are the most commonly used form of transport. Car hire is also widely available, so the track should be widely accessible for fans.

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What are the latest F1 Championship standings?

Drivers’ Championship

Max Verstappen – 351.5 points

Lewis Hamilton – 343.5 points

Valtteri Bottas – 203 points

Sergio Perez – 190 points

Lando Norris – 153 points

Constructors’ Championship

Mercedes – 546.5 points

Red Bull – 541.5 points

Ferrari – 297.5 points

McLaren – 258 points

Alpine – 137 points

AlphaTauri – 112 points

Tyre choices for the 2021 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix

This brand-new circuit will see Pirelli bring its C2, C3 and C4 compounds to Saudi Arabia to run as the hard, medium and soft respectively – which is in the middle of the tyre manufacturer’s range.

The track is littered with high-speed kinks and curves, but seemingly none with the prolonged loads that were present in Qatar, which necessitated Pirelli to bring their hardest tyres to Losail.

As in Qatar, tyre performance will be a complete unknown to drivers and teams before they head out on track for the first time, making practice sessions even more important as they get to grips with another new Formula 1 circuit.

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