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

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

04.12.2021: F1 cars race on the newest circuit on the calendar for the first time, with debut Qualifying session set for this evening The first ever Formula 1 Free Practice sessions took place yesterday on the brand-new Jeddah Corniche Circuit, on a sunny d


F1 cars race on the newest circuit on the calendar for the first time, with debut Qualifying session set for this evening
 



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 Vette
l: “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:

 


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:

 

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


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