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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 to stay at though is the Shangri-La which is brand new. It sits just 100metres from one end of the track and will be the the place to be seen come F1 week.

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 2023

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Position Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3
1 Sergio Pérez Red Bull 1:29.244 1:28.635 1:28.265
2 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:29.376 1:28.903 1:28.420
3 Fernando Alonso Aston Martin 1:29.298 1:28.757 1:28.730
4 George Russell Mercedes 1:29.592 1:29.132 1:28.857
5 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1:29.411 1:28.957 1:28.931
6 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 1:29.335 1:28.962 1:28.945
7 Esteban Ocon Alpine F1 Team 1:29.707 1:29.255 1:29.078
8 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:29.689 1:29.374 1:29.223
9 Oscar Piastri McLaren 1:29.706 1:29.378 1:29.243
10 Pierre Gasly Alpine F1 Team 1:29.890 1:29.411 1:29.357
11 Nico Hülkenberg Haas F1 Team 1:29.547 1:29.451
12 Guanyu Zhou Alfa Romeo 1:29.654 1:29.461
13 Kevin Magnussen Haas F1 Team 1:29.744 1:29.634
14 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo 1:29.929 1:29.668
15 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:28.761 1:49.953
16 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 1:29.939
17 Alexander Albon Williams 1:29.994
18 Nyck de Vries AlphaTauri 1:30.244
19 Lando Norris McLaren 1:30.447
20 Logan Sargeant Williams 2:08.510
Position Driver Team Time Points
1 Sergio Pérez Red Bull 1:21:14.894 25
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull +5.355 19
3 George Russell Mercedes +25.866 15
4 Fernando Alonso Aston Martin +30.728 12
5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes +31.065 10
6 Carlos Sainz Ferrari +35.876 8
7 Charles Leclerc Ferrari +43.162 6
8 Esteban Ocon Alpine F1 Team +52.832 4
9 Pierre Gasly Alpine F1 Team +54.747 2
10 Kevin Magnussen Haas F1 Team +1:04.826 1
11 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri +1:07.494 0
12 Nico Hülkenberg Haas F1 Team +1:10.588 0
13 Guanyu Zhou Alfa Romeo +1:16.060 0
14 Nyck de Vries AlphaTauri +1:17.478 0
15 Oscar Piastri McLaren +1:25.021 0
16 Logan Sargeant Williams +1:26.293 0
17 Lando Norris McLaren +1:26.445 0
18 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo 0
19 Alexander Albon Williams 0
20 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 0

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