F1 Saudi Arabian GP qualifying - Start time, how to watch & more

Lewis Hamilton topped Friday practice for Mercedes at the Formula 1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. Here’s how and when to watch qualifying.

F1 Saudi Arabian GP qualifying - Start time, how to watch & more

The Mercedes driver completed a clean sweep of top times on Friday in Jeddah, leading FP2 by 0.061s from team-mate Valtteri Bottas despite both drivers having their soft tyre qualifying-style runs hampered. The second practice session was ended prematurely by a heavy crash for Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc. 

As F1 drivers got to grips with the new Jeddah Corniche Circuit on the opening day of action, traffic in the tight sections with blind corners caused a few concerns for the field, with Hamilton describing it as “a bit of a danger zone”. 

Pierre Gasly continued to impress for AlphaTauri by taking third place in FP2, pipping world championship leader Max Verstappen who struggled to put together a clean lap on his single-lap push effort.

Alpine duo Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon once again looked quick after finishing third and fifth respectively at the Qatar GP last time out, with the Spanish driver narrowly beating his team-mate to fifth place in FP2.

Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari SF21

Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari SF21

Photo by: Charles Coates / Motorsport Images

Carlos Sainz Jr led the Ferrari charge in seventh ahead of AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda and Red Bull’s Sergio Perez, with the Mexican’s team boss Christian Horner later saying the squad “desperately needs” him fighting at the front in the final two races to help its title hopes. 

Despite his late crash Leclerc rounded out the top 10 for Ferrari ahead of McLaren pair Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris.

What time does qualifying start for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix?

Qualifying for the Saudi Arabian GP starts at 8pm local time (5pm GMT), using the regular Q1, Q2 and Q3 knockout session format.

Date: Saturday 4th December 2021
Start time: 8pm local time - 5pm GMT

Sparks kick up from Fernando Alonso, Alpine A521

Sparks kick up from Fernando Alonso, Alpine A521

Photo by: Andy Hone / Motorsport Images

How can I watch qualifying?

In the United Kingdom every F1 practice, qualifying and race is broadcast live on Sky Sports F1, with Saudi Arabian GP qualifying coverage starting at 4pm GMT.

· Channel: Sky Sports F1
· Start time: 4:00pm GMT

Autosport will be running a live text coverage of qualifying here. 

When can I watch the highlights of Saudi Arabian GP qualifying?

In the United Kingdom Channel 4 is broadcasting highlights of qualifying for the Saudi Arabian GP at 8:40pm GMT on Saturday. The full programme will run for 90 minutes, covering both qualifying and wrapping up the major talking points of the race weekend so far.

For the entire 2021 F1 season, Channel 4 will broadcast highlights of every qualifying and race of each event. The highlights will also be available on Channel 4’s on demand catch up services.

· Channel: Channel 4
· Start time: 8:40pm GMT

Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR21

Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR21

Photo by: Zak Mauger / Motorsport Images

Will Saudi Arabian GP qualifying be on the radio?

Live radio coverage of every practice, qualifying and race for the 2021 F1 season will be available on the BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC 5 Live Sports Extra or via the BBC Sport website.

Coverage of Saudi Arabian GP qualifying will start at 4:55pm GMT on BBC 5 Live Sports Extra and the BBC Sounds app.

What's the weather forecast for qualifying at the Jeddah Corn Circuit?

Dry and warm weather is forecast for Saturday evening for the start of qualifying at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit in Saudi Arabia. The temperature is set to be 27 degrees Celsius at the start of qualifying, the same conditions as qualifying for the Qatar GP last time out.

FP2 Results

Cla Driver Chassis Laps Time Gap
1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 22 1'29.018  
2 Finland Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 23 1'29.079 0.061
3 France Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 22 1'29.099 0.081
4 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull 20 1'29.213 0.195
5 Spain Fernando Alonso Alpine 21 1'29.441 0.423
6 France Esteban Ocon Alpine 22 1'29.555 0.537
7 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr Ferrari 24 1'29.589 0.571
8 Japan Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 20 1'29.597 0.579
9 Mexico Sergio Perez Red Bull 22 1'29.768 0.750
10 Monaco Charles Leclerc Ferrari 23 1'29.772 0.754
11 Australia Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 22 1'29.968 0.950
12 United Kingdom Lando Norris McLaren 19 1'30.004 0.986
13 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 23 1'30.110 1.092
14 Finland Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo 24 1'30.276 1.258
15 Canada Lance Stroll Aston Martin 22 1'30.442 1.424
16 Germany Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 22 1'30.502 1.484
17 United Kingdom George Russell Williams 24 1'30.506 1.488
18 Germany Mick Schumacher Haas 20 1'30.652 1.634
19 Canada Nicholas Latifi Williams 23 1'31.039 2.021
20 Russian Federation Nikita Mazepin Haas 20 1'31.629 2.611

FP1 Results

Cla Driver Chassis Laps Time Gap km/h
1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 21 1'29.786   247.548
2 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull 23 1'29.842 0.056 247.394
3 Finland Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 24 1'30.009 0.223 246.935
4 France Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 28 1'30.263 0.477 246.240
5 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 27 1'30.318 0.532 246.090
6 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr Ferrari 26 1'30.564 0.778 245.422
7 Monaco Charles Leclerc Ferrari 26 1'30.600 0.814 245.324
8 Australia Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 25 1'30.608 0.822 245.302
9 Spain Fernando Alonso Alpine 27 1'30.842 1.056 244.670
10 Germany Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 25 1'30.886 1.100 244.552
11 Mexico Sergio Perez Red Bull 27 1'30.960 1.174 244.353
12 France Esteban Ocon Alpine 29 1'31.023 1.237 244.184
13 United Kingdom Lando Norris McLaren 23 1'31.029 1.243 244.168
14 Canada Lance Stroll Aston Martin 25 1'31.044 1.258 244.128
15 Japan Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 26 1'31.099 1.313 243.980
16 Finland Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo 26 1'31.296 1.510 243.454
17 United Kingdom George Russell Williams 28 1'31.343 1.557 243.328
18 Germany Mick Schumacher Haas 24 1'31.525 1.739 242.845
19 Canada Nicholas Latifi Williams 27 1'31.821 2.035 242.062
20 Russian Federation Nikita Mazepin Haas 23 1'33.464 3.678 237.807



 

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