Welcome at RacingNews365

Become part of the largest racing community in the United Kingdom. Create your free account now!

  • Share your thoughts and opinions about F1
  • Win fantastic prizes
  • Get access to our premium content
  • Take advantage of more exclusive benefits
Sign in

The Saudi Arabian Grand Prix will be held for a fourth time in 2024, with the night race set to host the second event of the F1 season.

Top 3 - qualification 2024


First held 2021
Laps 50
Circuit length 6.174 kilometres
Lap record 1:30.734 (2021)
Winner 2022 Max Verstappen
Second in 2022 Charles Leclerc
Third in 2022 Carlos Sainz


Winner 2022 Max Verstappen
Winner 2021 Lewis Hamilton

F1 Saudi Arabia Grand Prix 2024 | Start times & schedule

After the Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle Federation and Formula 1 reached an agreement on a long-term partnership, F1 took to the streets of Jeddah for the first time in 2021.

Whilst the Jeddah Corniche Circuit currently holds the race, organisers have said that there are plans to move the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix to a purpose-built track in the future.

The street circuit is very fast, with average speeds of 252km/h, putting it second on the calendar behind only Monza. It also features 27 corners, the most on the F1 calendar, as drivers make their way past the Jeddah waterfront.

When is the F1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix 2024 on the F1 calendar?

The race weekend in Saudi Arabia takes place from March 7 to March 9, 2024, marking the second showdown of the year. The first two free practices occur on Thursday, followed by the crucial qualifying session on Friday.

This is the start time of the F1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix

The Grand Prix of Saudi Arabia is set to begin on Saturday, March 9, 2024, presumably 17:00 GMT. The race can be followed live on RacingNews365's live blog.

Timetable Saudi Arabian GP

Session Date Time
Free practice 1 Thursday 7 March -
Free practice 2 Thursday 7 March -
Free practice 3 Friday 8 March -
Qualification Friday 8 March -
Race Saturday 9 March -

History of the F1 Saudi Arabia Grand Prix

Being one of the latest additions to the Formula 1 schedule, the history of the Jeddah Corniche Circuit is still very young.

The track was designed by the Tilke company in partnership with F1's Motorsport team who, to initially investigate possible layouts, used Google Earth to do so. The circuit is a temporary street track, though has some permanent sections.

Ross Brawn, F1's Managing Director, said of the circuit: "What we want to see is a race circuit. We don't want Mickey Mouse circuits. We don't want those old classic street circuits with 90 degree turns.

"We want fast sweeping circuits, circuits which are going to challenge the drivers – and they are going to love it."

The 2023 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix

Just like in the first race in Bahrain, the Red Bull drivers finished at the top. Sergio Perez secured the victory with a lead of 5 seconds over his teammate Max Verstappen. Fernando Alonso impressively grabbed the third position once again, just like in Bahrain, securing a spot on the podium. The Mercedes and Ferraris followed thereafter

RESULTS 2024 F1 Spanish Grand Prix - Qualifying