The F1 calendar 2021 is heading to the deserts of Jeddah for the very first time this week as the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix screeches into view.


The title race could barely be closer with just eight points separating the leader Max Verstappen and seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton.

Both drivers have fought hard all season long. This is the most sustained threat to Hamilton's dominance since his hot streak with Mercedes began and Verstappen can land a killer blow as soon as this weekend.

Red Bull star Verstappen will be crowned champion if he wins the race plus records the fastest lap and Hamilton finishes lower than fifth.

However, Mercedes' star man has been in superb form and final tweaks on the car appear to be paying major dividends in the home straight. He is the favourite for both remaining races in Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi. brings you all the details about when the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix gets underway.

When is the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix?

The Qatar Grand Prix takes place on Sunday 5th December 2021.

The race starts at 5:30pm, so it's later than usual, to accommodate for the heat of the day in the desert of Jeddah.

It will last around 90 minutes on average and can be no longer than two hours.

Saudi Arabian Grand Prix schedule

Friday 3rd December

From 1pm on Sky Sports F1

Practice 1 – 1:30pm

Practice 2 – 5pm

Saturday 4th December

From 1:45pm on Sky Sports F1

Practice 3 – 2pm

Qualifying – 5pm

Sunday 5th December

From 4pm on Sky Sports F1

Race – 5:30pm

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