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F1 2021 Saudi Arabia Grand Prix Preview

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Consecutive race weekends we find ourselves preparing for a maiden Grand Prix, this time for the F1 2021 Saudi Arabia GP live from the Jeddah Corniche Circut.

Last time out in Qatar, Lewis Hamilton won the battle with rival Max Verstappen closing the gap with two favorable tracks left in this year’s calendar for the Mercedes driver. Verstappen finished P2 maintaining a eight point lead going into the vital final stages of the Championship.

F1 2021 Saudi Arabia Grand Prix: Track Details

The Jeddah Corniche Circuit is a temporary street circuit, located on the Corniche – a 30km coastal resort area of the ancient Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah.

This being the inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix taking place in 2021,many interested eyes will be on this track specifically with the recent struggles at hand getting the track ready to race, the race joins its Middle Eastern counterparts in Bahrain and Abu Dhabi – while like those races, the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix will also take place under floodlights.

The track for a street circuit is Very fast. Average speeds around the Jeddah Corniche Circuit are set to be at a incredible 252km/h – quicker than those at Silverstone, and second on the 2021 calendar only to Monza – aka ‘The Temple of Speed’. It will, quite simply, be the fastest street circuit ever seen in Formula 1 – while the track will also feature the most corners on the 2021 calendar with 27, many of them under DR’S limits, as the drivers wend their way along the Jeddah waterfront.

First Grand Prix – 2021

Number of Laps – 50

Circuit Length – 6.174km

Race Distance – 308.45 km

What the Drivers Say

Lando Norris McLaren – “The track in Jeddah is going to be fun, it’s a really fast and flowing track with close walls, which will create a unique challenge. I’ve been driving the circuit in the simulator to get up to speed with the layout, which is really important when arriving at a new venue. Qualifying in these cars at this circuit is going to be a very cool experience, and will set us up for a strong race on Sunday. We’re going to be giving it our all right up until the chequered flag in Abu Dhabi, to finish in the best possible position in both championships.”

Yuki Tsunoda Alpha Tauri – “That last triple header was good for my confidence in the car.  I improved a lot and that could be seen from my pace, which was better than at previous races. That was all positive. In Mexico, I had an engine penalty, then an accident on the first lap and Brazil was tough with the lack of practice because of Sprint Qualifying, I believe I could have done better. Qatar went well up until the race and I had a strong performance in Qualifying. So, there are some good points and some bad ones from the last three races.
 
Since Qatar, I have spent a day karting. It’s always good to do something different, driving something that’s not a Formula 1 car. You can learn from it and get interesting feedback that can be useful to help you improve in some areas.  Alex (Albon) was also there, so we had a good fun karting session together. It’s also physically demanding, using different muscles to those you need in an F1 car, making it also useful from the training point of view. Apart from that, I spent some time in the simulator learning the new Saudi track. It’s really fast and that means confidence in the car will be an important factor, because the run-off areas are not so big. It will be important for me to do a good job of building up speed during the free practice sessions. At least I am in the same situation as the other drivers, as this circuit will be completely new to everyone, just like Qatar.“

F1 2021 Saudi Arabia Grand Prix: Prediction

DOHA, QATAR – NOVEMBER 21: Second placed Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing celebrates in parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of Qatar at Losail International Circuit on November 21, 2021 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

This will be kept short and sweet in recent races the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton has looked unstoppable, but as we see time and time again there is drama until the very end there has been numerous tussles this season and more often or not Hamilton has come out on top I believe his luck stops here, a first lap collision will cause Hamilton to drop down the grid not necessarily retire but take him out of the podium picture for the race.

Bottas has come under stick recently I can see him putting the Mercedes on the front row, rounded off by a Ferrari LeClerc and Sainz have battled it out all season and I see Leclerc coming out on top here and rounding off the podium.

Further down the track will see Alonso in the mix with both McLaren all three will be looking to finish the season on a high after some impressive performances, specifically the former World Champion Alonso who looks like he’s never been away from F1.

Surprise of the race will see Kimi get his Alfa Romeo in the points the car looked pacy last time out and I see Kimi getting every bit of Speed out of this car.

F1 2021 Saudi Arabia Grand Prix – Winner Prediction: Max Verstappen

So, there you have it, our prediction for the F1 2021 Qatar Grand Prix. Do you agree with our predictions for the Grand Prix? Leave your opinion down in the comments below!

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