F1 Saudi Arabian GP 2021: full race start time

Jeddah GP

2021 Saudi Arabian GP |F1 debut

Saudi Arabian GP F1 2021: Timetable and race schedule.

Jeddah GP, La scelta di Pirelli (pneumatici)

Formula 1 tyre supplier Pirelli have had to rely on simulations provided by teams to make selections for the inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, describing the event as their “biggest unknown” of the 2021 season.

These simulations suggested that the three middle compounds in Pirelli’s range are the best option for the all-new Jeddah Corniche Circuit, which is predominantly made up of long straights and sweeping high-speed corners.

As such, the C2 will be used as the Hard tyre, the C3 as the Medium and the C4 as the Soft – the most commonly-selected nomination in 2021.

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GP dell'Arabia Saudita F1 2021-gomme-Pirelli-Gedda

Mario Isola:

“Jeddah is probably the biggest unknown we face all year, as with the track being completed very close to the race. As a result, we can only rely on simulations from F1 and the teams, along with other information we’ve collected, to come up with our nomination.”

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The 6.174km circuit will feature 27 corners, but Tilke believes the high-speed layout has plenty to challenge the drivers – and pinpointed his favourite area of the track.

Tilke:

“What will be interesting is there are three possible DRS zones directly behind each other,” he said. “So it’s three DRS zones and every time different corners after that, which can be really interesting. It’s not just straights, it’s a DRS zone but you have to be really concentrating because there are walls directly next to it – you have to steer. What I think is very interesting is the passage from T4 to T10. It’s a very fast, flowing S combination. This will also be challenging for the drivers to find the right lines, and T13 is also a cool 12% banked corner so there are a lot of different elements.”

CARATTERISTICHE DEL TRACCIATO

Il circuito è stato progettato dal noto architetto di circuiti Hermann Tilke e si trova nella zona Corniche di Gedda. Si tratta del primo circuito cittadino vero e proprio dopo Baku, a giugno.

This 6.174-kilometre track – which runs alongside the coast – is the longest street circuit on the calendar (the second-longest of the entire year, after Spa) and is also set to be one of the fastest too, with an average speed of over 250kph predicted in simulations. That’s only just behind Monza, well-known as the ‘Temple of Speed’.

Tra le 27 curve, una delle più impegnative è la curva 13: una curva a sinistra con un banking di 12 gradi che dovrebbe imporre elevate forze g ai pneumatici. Gedda ha un numero di curve superiore a qualsiasi altro tracciato del calendario, il che farà lavorare duramente gli pneumatici.

Molte parti del circuito sono piuttosto strette e impervie, con i muretti vicini ai lati della pista. Questo potrebbe portare a una probabilità ragionevolmente alta di safety car, con ripercussioni sulla strategia.

GP dell'Arabia Saudita F1 2021 - GP di Gedda - caratteristiche del tracciato

Gedda è una gara notturna, come tutte le ultime tre gare della stagione, con il gran premio che prende il via alle 20:30 ora locale. Ciò significa che l'andamento della temperatura della pista è diverso da quello di una gara normale, con temperature che si abbassano nel corso di ogni sessione. Le FP1 e le FP3 si svolgono poco prima del tramonto, e solo le FP2 di venerdì e le qualifiche di sabato (che iniziano entrambe alle 20:00) potrebbero essere rappresentative della gara.

Le condizioni saranno calde ma umide, con la pista situata proprio lungo la costa settentrionale di Jeddah. Poiché non è mai stato utilizzato prima, i piloti possono aspettarsi una pista scivolosa e "verde" all'inizio del weekend. La Formula 2 e una competizione Porsche si svolgeranno come eventi di supporto, che contribuiranno all'evoluzione della pista.

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Sir Frank Williams, founder of Williams Racing F1 team, dies aged 79

Tributes from across motor sport have been paid after the death of Sir Frank Williams, at the age of 79. Williams founded the team that bore his name in 1977 and went on to enjoy enormous success in Formula One. His achievements have been recognised across the racing world after he died peacefully on Sunday.

Their driver champions alone reads as a roll of honour. Alan Jones secured their first title in 1980 and Keke Rosberg, Nelson Piquet, Nigel Mansell, Alain Prost, Damon Hill and Jacques Villeneuve all went on to take championships for Williams.

Alongside his co-founder and designer, Patrick Head, Williams built a team that competed at the very top of the sport for decades, overcoming the might of longstanding rivals such as Ferrari. Williams also overcame great personal tragedy when he was paralysed from the neck down after a car accident in 1986. Confined to a wheelchair he went on to lead his team with the same steely tenacity that characterised his whole career.

Orario di inizio gara for F1 Saudi Arabian GP (CEST).

Friday 3rd December:

  • Pratica libera 1 14:30-15:30
  • Free Practise 2    18:00-19:00

Saturday 4th December:

  • Pratica libera 3 15:00-16:00
  • Qualifying       18:00-19:00

Sunday 5th December:

  • Race                        18:30-20:30
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