F1 Saudi Arabia Grand Prix 2023: start time, session schedule, predictions and how to watch on TV?


The fast streets of the Jeddah Corniche will host the third F1 Grand Prix, with reigning world champion Max Verstappen involved in thrilling battles for the lead at the track the previous two years.

Dutchman Red Bull is back in the lead in this race after winning the season opener in Bahrain.

Aston Martin is poised to retain its credentials as the biggest threat to Verstappen, with Charles Leclerc retiring two weeks ago after his Ferrari suffered an engine failure while battling for a podium finish.

Currently facing the start of the 2023 season, a place at the top of the ladder is emerging from Mercedes, which is unlikely to improve any time soon.

When is the Saudi Arabian F1 Grand Prix?

The Saudi Arabian Grand Prix will take place this weekend, Sunday, March 19, 2023.

What time does the Saudi F1 Grand Prix start?

The schedule for this weekend’s sessions is as follows (all times GMT):

  • First practice: 1:30 p.m., Friday
  • Second practice: Friday at 5:00 p.m
  • Third practice: 1:30 p.m., Saturday
  • Qualifying: Saturday, 17.00
  • Competition: Sunday, 17.00
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Saudi Arabia F1 Grand Prix Predictions

With Verstappen so dominant in Bahrain – a track he has struggled in the past – it’s hard to see any other result for Saudi Arabia.

Ferrari will need to put themselves in a better position to challenge Sergio Perez for second place, with Fernando Alonso’s rise to the championship title unlikely to be as smooth as last race suggested. The two Mercedes finish behind the Aston Martins.

Verstappen won

How to watch the F1 Grand Prix of Saudi Arabia

TV channel: All weekend will be live on Sky Sports F1 and Sky Sports will be covering the race from 3.30pm in the main event. Interesting events will be shown for free on Channel 4 at 22:15

Live: Sky Sports subscribers can watch live via the Sky Go app.

Live Blog: You can follow all the action from Sunday via Standard Sport’s racing blog.

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