The FORMULA 1 STC SAUDI ARABIAN GRAND PRIX 2021 – F1 Has Officially Arrived at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit

The first ever Formula 1 Free Practice sessions took place yesterday on the brand-new Jeddah Corniche Circuit, on a sunny day at the FORMULA 1 STC SAUDI ARABIAN GRAND PRIX 2021. After months of planning and many hours of hard work, Formula 1 cars were finally able to test the newest, fastest and longest street track in F1 ahead of what will prove to be a crucial race in this nail-biting championship battle.
In addition, the first of three planned special demonstration runs by Alan Jones’ 1980 World Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championship Winning car – the legendary Williams FW07B – took place on track, in celebration of the Kingdom’s historic ties to Formula 1 and of the late Sir Frank Williams, who sadly passed earlier this week. Famously backed by several Saudi businesses at the time, the FW07B, is one of the most celebrated cars in F1 history and was specially restored to race at this weekend’s inaugural Saudi F1 Grand prix.
After the excitement on track, fans were treated to a stunning live performance by Egyptian icon, Mohamed Hamaki who performed hits from his most recent album ‘Ya Fatteny’ in addition to his many hits. He was joined by dance music legend, DJ Snake, who made sure the adrenaline kept flowing at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit with an incredible set list including some of his biggest hits such as Let Me Love You, You Know You Like It and Taki Taki to round of an incredible first day at the FORMULA 1 STC SAUDI ARABIAN GRAND PRIX 2021.
As we enter Day 2 of the debut F1 race weekend in Saudi Arabia, all attention will turn to this evening’s all important Qualifying session. After a final practice session, it will be time for the world’s greatest drivers to show how well they have mastered the high-speed Jeddah Corniche Circuit as they battle it out for that vital pole position. Both Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen will be pushing their cars to the limit to secure the crucial spot at the top of the grid ahead of Sunday’s potential title-decider. With so many unknowns on this new circuit, this is a Qualifying session not to be missed!
This evening, the entertainment levels will go up a further notch when multi-award-winning singer, songwriter & dancer, Jason Derulo and iconic DJ, Tiësto will headline the post-Qualifying concert on the Main Stage.
Here is what the drivers had to say about their first taste of the Jeddah Corniche Circuit:
Lewis Hamilton: It’s unbelievably quick. It’s really incredibly fast and a lot of grip as well. If you can get the rhythm, it’s a beautiful track”
Sebastian Vettel: “The track is very fast and very challenging for us and has very good grip. There is no room for mistakes, but it is fun.”
Valtteri Bottas: “It’s quite cool, hardcore and full power and that is what we enjoy!”
Sergio Perez: “It’s a very nice fast and flowing circuit. A very enjoyable one. A lot of fun out there. It will be an interesting race!”
Pierre Gasly: “I really like driving the track, the corners are amazing and there’s a big rush of adrenaline when you’re out there!”
Daniel Ricciardo: “It’s a good track, really fast but a lot of flow to it and keeps you busy! It’s like a maze but it is really great fun!”
Yuki Tsunoda: “It’s a really fun track, especially the first sector. I’ve never driven a circuit with corners like this before, so it’s been pretty special.”
Antonio Giovinazzi: “The first feeling on the track was really great. It’s really fast and a lot of grip, so really nice to drive!”
Free Practice 1 Results:
Cla
#
Driver
Chassis
Laps
Time
Gap
km/h
1
44
 Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
21
1’29.786
247.548
2
33
 Max Verstappen
Red Bull
23
1’29.842
0.056
247.394
3
77
 Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes
24
1’30.009
0.223
246.935
4
10
 Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri
28
1’30.263
0.477
246.240
5
99
 Antonio Giovinazzi
Alfa Romeo
27
1’30.318
0.532
246.090
6
55
 Carlos Sainz Jr.
Ferrari
26
1’30.564
0.778
245.422
7
16
 Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
26
1’30.600
0.814
245.324
8
3
 Daniel Ricciardo
McLaren
25
1’30.608
0.822
245.302
9
14
 Fernando Alonso
Alpine
27
1’30.842
1.056
244.670
10
5
 Sebastian Vettel
Aston Martin
25
1’30.886
1.100
244.552
11
11
 Sergio Perez
Red Bull
27
1’30.960
1.174
244.353
12
31
 Esteban Ocon
Alpine
29
1’31.023
1.237
244.184
13
4
 Lando Norris
McLaren
23
1’31.029
1.243
244.168
14
18
 Lance Stroll
Aston Martin
25
1’31.044
1.258
244.128
15
22
 Yuki Tsunoda
AlphaTauri
26
1’31.099
1.313
243.980
16
7
 Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo
26
1’31.296
1.510
243.454
17
63
 George Russell
Williams
28
1’31.343
1.557
243.328
18
47
 Mick Schumacher
Haas
24
1’31.525
1.739
242.845
19
6
 Nicholas Latifi
Williams
27
1’31.821
2.035
242.062
20
9
 Nikita Mazepin
Haas
23
1’33.464
3.678
237.807
Free Practice 2 Results:
Cla
#
Driver
Chassis
Laps
Time
Gap
km/h
1
44
 Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
22
1’29.018
249.684
2
77
 Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes
23
1’29.079
0.061
249.513
3
10
 Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri
22
1’29.099
0.081
249.457
4
33
 Max Verstappen
Red Bull
20
1’29.213
0.195
249.138
5
14
 Fernando Alonso
Alpine
21
1’29.441
0.423
248.503
6
31
 Esteban Ocon
Alpine
22
1’29.555
0.537
248.187
7
55
 Carlos Sainz Jr.
Ferrari
24
1’29.589
0.571
248.092
8
22
 Yuki Tsunoda
AlphaTauri
20
1’29.597
0.579
248.070
9
11
 Sergio Perez
Red Bull
22
1’29.768
0.750
247.598
10
16
 Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
23
1’29.772
0.754
247.587
11
3
 Daniel Ricciardo
McLaren
22
1’29.968
0.950
247.047
12
4
 Lando Norris
McLaren
19
1’30.004
0.986
246.949
13
99
 Antonio Giovinazzi
Alfa Romeo
23
1’30.110
1.092
246.658
14
7
 Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo
24
1’30.276
1.258
246.204
15
18
 Lance Stroll
Aston Martin
22
1’30.442
1.424
245.753
16
5
 Sebastian Vettel
Aston Martin
22
1’30.502
1.484
245.590
17
63
 George Russell
Williams
24
1’30.506
1.488
245.579
18
47
 Mick Schumacher
Haas
20
1’30.652
1.634
245.183
19
6
 Nicholas Latifi
Williams
23
1’31.039
2.021
244.141
20
9
 Nikita Mazepin
Haas
20
1’31.629
2.611
242.569
Additional Information:
The FORMULA 1 STC SAUDI ARABIAN GRAND PRIX 2021 will mark its arrival in style with the newest circuit in the sport estimated to see drivers reach average speeds of 250km/h, making it the fastest street circuit in the world – and in the top five fastest F1 circuits altogether!
Indeed, the superstars of F1 are projected to reach top speeds of up to 322km/h as they race towards Turn 27.
Featuring no less than 27 corners, the Jeddah Corniche Circuit stretches to 6.175km in length, making it the second longest circuit on the current F1® calendar behind the legendary Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps and the longest street circuit in the sport.
Additionally, three consecutive sections of the circuit have been marked out as potential DRS Zones, ensuring plenty of overtaking opportunities for the drivers throughout the race.
The fact the race will take place at night under the lights will only add to the amazing atmosphere F1 fans can expect to experience in December.
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