Saudi Arabia GP weekend schedule: When does the race start?

The Formula 1 2022 season is underway with the first race taking place in Bahrain last weekend at the Sakhir circuit, and race two in Saudi Arabia is already on the way this weekend!

The Saudi Arabian Grand Prix only joined the calendar last season but certainly arrived with a bang, coming as the penultimate race of a thrilling 2021 campaign.

Its fast, free-flowing nature through the streets of Jeddah provided a test for the drivers back in December, with a few big crashes and some even raising concerns over the safety of the circuit.

Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton will remember it well, meanwhile, for a number of flashpoints over the course of the race – the biggest of which saw Hamilton run into the back of Verstappen with the Dutchman trying to cleverly let the Briton through before the DRS zone, after fears he was going to get a penalty if he did not give Lewis the position.

JEDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 05: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Red Bull Racing RB16B Honda and Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W12 collide during the F1 Grand Prix of Saudi Arabia at Jeddah Corniche Circuit on December 05, 2021 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Recapping Saudi 2021 fully is for another time, though, and here we’re focused solely on the schedule for the 2022 edition, which is as follows:

Friday

On Friday, we have the usual two practice sessions, with both taking place in the afternoon UK time, and getting towards the evening in Saudi.

The first will take place at 2pm UK time and the second will take place at 5pm UK time, with Saudi three hours ahead of us.

Saturday

Saturday sees another practice session followed by qualifying, and Charles Leclerc will be looking to earn another pole position for Ferrari – as he did in Bahrain.

FP3 begins at 2pm UK time whilst qualifying is at 5pm UK time and the session lasts for an hour.

JEDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 05: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Red Bull Racing RB16B Honda leads the field into turn one ahead of Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W12 and Esteban Ocon of France driving the (31) Alpine A521 Renault at the second restart during the F1 Grand Prix of Saudi Arabia at Jeddah Corniche Circuit on December 05, 2021 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Sunday

The first race of the season gets underway at 6pm UK time, with 50 laps of the Jeddah circuit scheduled.

The race, as it was in 2021, and as it was last weekend in Bahrain, will be held under floodlights, making for an amazing spectacle as the cars throw up sparks at high speed as their floors bounce off of the tarmac.

It’s the second race of a 23-Grand Prix long season and Ferrari will be aiming to make it two from two after a one-two finish at the Bahrain Grand Prix last Sunday!

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