After a dramatic 2023 opener in Bahrain, dominated by Red Bull as Max Verstappen led home a 1-2 from team-mate Sergio Perez and Fernando Alonso pulled off a surprise podium for Aston Martin, attention turns to Jeddah and a set of different challenges.
Ferrari will aim to respond at the high-speed circuit after Charles Leclerc’s retirement due to its latest mechanical woe, while Mercedes will also look for a response having been off the pace in Bahrain and conceded its car concept is likely to be changed.
Elsewhere, Lance Stroll has had another two weeks to recover from his cycling accident that ruled him out of pre-season testing before courageously battling to sixth place in the opening race.
Attention will also be on McLaren after its poor start to the season as its Bahrain GP was blighted by mechanical issues and weak car performance.
Max Verstappen won last year’s Saudi Arabia GP
Photo by: Red Bull Content Pool
Full 2023 Saudi Arabian GP session timings
Friday 17th March 2023
Free Practice 1: 1:30pm-2:30pm GMT (4:30pm-5:30pm local)
Free Practice 2: 5:00pm-6:00pm GMT (8:00pm-9:00pm local)
Saturday 18th March 2023
Free Practice 3: 1:30pm-2:30pm GMT (4:30pm-5:30pm local)
Qualifying: 5:00pm-6:00pm GMT (8:00pm-9:00pm local)
Sunday 19th March 2023
Race: 5:00pm GMT (8:00pm local)
How can I watch Formula 1?
In the United Kingdom Formula 1 is only broadcast live on Sky Sports, with highlights shown on Channel 4 several hours after the race has finished. Live streaming through NOW is also available in the UK.
Sky Sports F1, which broadcasts the F1 races, can be added as part of the Sky Sports channels which costs £24 a month for new customers. Sky Sports can also be accessed through NOW with a one-off day payment of £11.98p or a month membership of £34.99p per month.
Fans wanting to watch the race for free will have to wait until the Saturday night (qualifying) or Sunday night (race) to see the highlights on Channel 4.
Will Charles Leclerc be able to replicate his second-place finish from last year?
Photo by: Zak Mauger / Motorsport Images
How can I watch the Saudi Arabian GP?
Channel: Sky Sports F1 HD and Sky Sports Main Event
Channel numbers – Sky: 406 and 401
Channel numbers – Virgin Media: 506 and 501
Sky Sports has live and exclusive broadcasting rights in the United Kingdom, with the build-up to the F1 Saudi Arabian GP race starting from 3:30pm on Sky Sports F1 and on Sky Sports Main Event ahead of lights out at 5:00pm.
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