The Saudi Arabian Grand Prix is here and Formula 1 drivers, teams and fans alike can't wait to sink their teeth into another Grand Prix at the start of the 2023 season.


Max Verstappen enjoyed a leisurely stroll to the finish line in Bahrain, but a lightning fast dash around the Jeddah street circuit is in store this weekend.

Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez was the only car anywhere near Verstappen, with the pair streaking 38 seconds clear of the rest of the field. It was an ominous display of force from Christian Horner's team, who already appear to be overwhelming favourites to win it all once again.

Mercedes and Ferrari failed to mount any kind of challenge to the Red Bulls, and appear to have been caught by Aston Martin, forming a wider chasing pack.

Fernando Alonso claimed a podium place in Bahrain and will be determined to make sure it is the first of many, while Lance Stroll also enjoyed a terrific weekend in Bahrain despite him still recovering from a cycling accident.

More like this brings you the complete guide to the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix 2023, including start time, dates and TV details, as well as our analysis of the big storylines to come.

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Saudi Arabian Grand Prix date

The Saudi Arabian Grand Prix takes place on Sunday 19th March.

Check out our F1 calendar 2023 – link above – for the full list of races throughout the season.

Saudi Arabian Grand Prix start time

The race begins promptly at 5pm UK time.

We've included the full schedule for the rest of the weekend, including practice and qualifying times, below.

Saudi Arabian Grand Prix practice time

All UK time.

Friday 17th March

From 1pm on Sky Sports F1

Practice 1 – 1:30pm

Practice 2 – 5pm

Saturday 18th March

From 1:15pm on Sky Sports F1

Practice 3 – 1:30pm

Saudi Arabian Grand Prix qualifying time

Saturday 18th March

From 4pm on Sky Sports F1

Qualifying – 5pm

Saudi Arabian Grand Prix race time

Sunday 19th March

From 3:30pm on Sky Sports F1

Race – 5pm

How to watch the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix on TV

The Saudi Arabian Grand Prix will air live on Sky Sports F1 from 3:30pm on Sunday 19th March.

All races will be shown live on Sky Sports F1 and Main Event throughout the season.

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Live stream Saudi Arabian Grand Prix online

Existing Sky Sports customers can live stream the race via the Sky Go app on a variety of devices.

You can watch the Grand Prix with a NOW Day Membership for £11.98 or a Monthly Membership for £33.99, all without signing up to a contract.

NOW can be streamed through a computer or apps found on most smart TVs, phones and consoles. NOW is also available via BT Sport.

Saudi Arabian Grand Prix 2023 preview

1. Unstoppable Red Bull?

Red Bull could not have enjoyed a more smooth opening weekend.

They didn't miss a beat in testing, they didn't miss a beat throughout practice and qualifying in Bahrain, they didn't miss a beat during the race itself.

Verstappen finished 12 seconds ahead of Perez, Perez finished 38 seconds ahead of the rest. How can anyone bridge that gap under normal race circumstances?

2. Can Aston Martin show consistency?

Fernando Alonso delivered a tangible, fantastic result to cap off a positive off-season for Aston Martin as he finished on the podium.

Lance Stroll finished sixth, level with his best finish in 2022 after just one race, proving a dramatic performance upturn for the team.

Aston Martin's task is now clear: do it again. All eyes will be on Alonso and Stroll to see if they can string together a reel of stellar results.

3. Fast circuit drama?

The Jeddah track is fast. Very, very fast. It is one of the longest and fastest, and one of the most merciless to boot.

Not only will cars skim around the circuit at average speeds of 250km/h, but they will do so enclosed by tight walls. At the anticipated speeds, one slip, one wobble, is likely to be enough to end in disaster.

Saudi Arabian Grand Prix 2023 prediction

We've already seen plenty of drama at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in its two editions so far.

More than a quarter of drivers failed to complete the Grand Prix in the last two years, with the majority of those DNFs coming from collisions, while Mick Schumacher was unable to participate last year due to a crash in qualifying.

On paper, this race is only going one way, to Verstappen, but if there was ever a track to shake up the order with a red flag, a crash or collision, it's this one. Saudi Arabian GP predicted winner: Max Verstappen

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