The Saudi Arabian Grand Prix is on the program this weekend. Just like during the Grand Prix weekend in Bahrain, different times apply. Qualifying and the race on the Jeddah Street Circuit are held under artificial lighting in the evening. You can read at F1Maximum what time qualifying for the second Grand Prix of the season starts.
At 20:00 local time, the lights will turn green for the start of qualifying for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. There is a two hour time difference with the Netherlands and this means that the television must be switched on at 6:00 PM Dutch time in order not to miss any of the qualifying for the second race of the 2023 season.
Verstappen top favorite for pole, what can Ferrari do?
After the free practice sessions on Friday, it can be clearly stated that Max Verstappen is the towering favorite for pole position on the Jeddah Street Circuit. The Red Bull Racing driver, who had just recovered from a stomach flu, impressed by finishing both sessions as the fastest. Teammate Sergio Pérez was also good twice, so a full front row start for the Austrian formation is very possible.
The biggest challenger seems to be Fernando Alonso for the time being, although the Spaniard does not see it that way. The Aston Martin driver tempers expectations and says he is mainly focusing on a place in Q3. If Alonso can’t give Red Bull a hard time in qualifying, who can? Ferrari maybe? The Italian racing stable does not seem to have shown the back of the tongue on Friday, so they may be able to take an important step. Alpine could also surprise, but for the competition it seems to be mainly about a place behind Verstappen.
Watch qualifying GP Saudi Arabia live?
Will Verstappen put his RB19 on pole or will someone surprise him? The Grand Prix of Saudi Arabia is broadcast by F1TV and Viaplay, among others. Register with the providers to see live images of the sessions yourself. If you want an overview of all TV providers for the entire season, view this page.
Bet on GP Saudi Arabia
A premonition that Verstappen will do well this weekend? Then check the odds for the upcoming sessions. Here you will find the odds for a win by the Dutchman every weekend, and there you can also read, for example, how much money you will get back if you think Verstappen will finish a session in first place.