Saudi Arabia Grand Prix

Get ready for the highly anticipated Saudi Arabia Grand Prix on Sunday, March 19, 2023, at the Jeddah street circuit. Discover the controversies surrounding the event and its impact on human rights discussions.

Jeddah Street Circuit

 In 2021, the drivers experienced the new circuit for the first time. The Jeddah Street Circuit is known as the longest and fastest street circuit on the calendar. With 27 corners, most of the lap is taken at full throttle by the Formula 1 drivers. While some drivers praised the circuit designers on Saturday, criticism quickly emerged. According to the drivers, the track was deemed dangerous, and there were multiple red flags across different classes throughout the weekend. As a result, several adjustments have been made for the 2022 race.

First race at Jeddah Street Circuit in 2021

The race in 2021 was a true spectacle. Lewis Hamilton started on pole position, with teammate Valtteri Bottas alongside him. Max Verstappen began from third place. Initially, not much happened after the start, but a crash involving Mick Schumacher led to the first red flag. Both Mercedes cars pitted, while Verstappen stayed out. It turned out to be a strategic move as Verstappen found himself leading the race and was able to change his tires for free during the red flag period.

During the restart, trouble struck again, resulting in the second red flag. Verstappen had gone off track, overtaking both Hamilton and Esteban Ocon. As a result, he had to start again in third place during the second restart. This time, the start of the Red Bull Racing driver was much better, and he quickly regained the lost positions. What followed was the familiar battle between the two title contenders. In an overtaking attempt by Hamilton, Verstappen went off track once again, and the race officials instructed the Dutchman to give back the position. As he attempted to do so, the two cars collided. Verstappen received a ten-second penalty. Hamilton went on to win the race, while Verstappen ultimately finished in second place, resulting in both drivers heading into the final race of the season with an equal number of points.

Grand Prix of Saudi Arabia on F1 Calendar until 2025

The Grand Prix of Saudi Arabia has secured a contract with Formula 1 to host the race until the 2025 season, making it one of the longest deals in Formula 1 history. However, whether it will continue to be held in Jeddah until then remains uncertain, as there are discussions about potentially moving the race to Qiddiya in the future.

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