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Jeddah is the second largest city in Saudi Arabia and it was home to the first Saudi Arabian F1 GP in December 2021. That was my first visit to the rather mysterious kingdom and I was surprised and delighted with the warm welcome at the airport. Around the city I found the people to be warm, hospitable and interested in the whole spectacle of F1.

The city is relatively low-rise with a population just shy of 3 million. The infrastructure at the track can be dismantled as the race will be moved to the Saudi capital, Riyadh at some point in the future.

A word about the traffic though. It’s heavy and often chaotic and you’ll probably notice the lack of traffic lights. Instead of stopping, you’ll be doing plenty of u-turns.

F1 Saudi Arabian Sunset


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Head to the Red Sea Mall for some serious shopping, it’s not far from the track and fast food-wise, try Al Baik. There are often long lines for this local fried chicken and while I didn’t love the chicken, I rated the fried prawns/shrimps big time.

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Accommodation here is very expensive. I’ve stayed at the rather tired Intercontinental Hotel which is on the foreshore but a 40-minute drive from the track. I much prefer the Hyatt House which is in a non-descript area but has larger apartment style rooms AND a free laundry with washing machines, dryers and even a professional iron.

The hotel I would like to stay at is the Shangri La which should be operational for the 2023 race. It sits just 100metres from one end of the track and looks impressive.

Restaurant-wise I can highly recommend Myazu; stunning décor, great atmosphere, cool music and delicious Japanese food. It’s a 20 minute drive from the track and I rate it as one of the best restaurants I ate in 2021.

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ABOUT THE Saudi Arabian


The Jeddah street circuit runs along the foreshore in the heart of the city. Like the other 2 Middle East F1 events, racing takes place under lights when the temperature has dropped and there are plenty of grandstand and hospitality options available.

Since 2021

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Lewis Hamilton (2021)

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Saudi Arabian Grand Prix Results 2022

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Position Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3
1 Sergio Pérez Red Bull 1:29.705 1:28.924 1:28.200
2 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:29.039 1:28.780 1:28.225
3 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1:28.855 1:28.686 1:28.402
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:28.928 1:28.945 1:28.461
5 Esteban Ocon Alpine F1 Team 1:30.093 1:29.584 1:29.068
6 George Russell Mercedes 1:29.680 1:29.618 1:29.104
7 Fernando Alonso Alpine F1 Team 1:29.978 1:29.295 1:29.147
8 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo 1:29.683 1:29.404 1:29.183
9 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 1:29.891 1:29.418 1:29.254
10 Kevin Magnussen Haas F1 Team 1:29.831 1:29.546 1:29.588
11 Lando Norris McLaren 1:29.957 1:29.651
12 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 1:30.009 1:29.773
13 Guanyu Zhou Alfa Romeo 1:29.978 1:29.819
14 Mick Schumacher Haas F1 Team 1:30.167 1:29.920
15 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 1:30.256 1:31.009
16 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:30.343
17 Alexander Albon Williams 1:30.492
18 Nico Hülkenberg Aston Martin 1:30.543
19 Nicholas Latifi Williams 1:31.817
20 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri
Position Driver Team Time Points
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:24:19.293 25
2 Charles Leclerc Ferrari +0.549 19
3 Carlos Sainz Ferrari +8.097 15
4 Sergio Pérez Red Bull +10.800 12
5 George Russell Mercedes +32.732 10
6 Esteban Ocon Alpine F1 Team +56.017 8
7 Lando Norris McLaren +56.124 6
8 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri +1:02.946 4
9 Kevin Magnussen Haas F1 Team +1:04.308 2
10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes +1:13.948 1
11 Guanyu Zhou Alfa Romeo +1:22.215 0
12 Nico Hülkenberg Aston Martin +1:31.742 0
13 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 0
14 Alexander Albon Williams 0
15 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo 0
16 Fernando Alonso Alpine F1 Team 0
17 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 0
18 Nicholas Latifi Williams 0
19 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 0
20 Mick Schumacher Haas F1 Team 0