This December, the streets of Jeddah will host the most spectacular motor racing series in the world as the FIA Formula 1 World Championship descends on Saudi Arabia for the penultimate round in this year’s schedule. It could be the race that decides who will be crowned the World Champion for 2021.
Over three days (3-5 December) 20 drivers from 13 nations will compete for the honour of winning the first ever Grand Prix to be held in Saudi Arabia. With a spectacular 27-turn course laid out over 6.157km on the streets of Jeddah’s beautiful Corniche, the world’s best drivers will practice, qualify and then race at average speeds of 250km/h – the fastest street circuit in the world – over 50 laps, to be crowned the winner of the country’s inaugural F1 race.
The Saudi Arabian Grand Prix is scheduled to be round 22 in this year’s 23 race calendar which will be the climax in this season’s points battle. It is already developing into an epic contest between two of the greatest competitors in the sport’s history.
The 23-year-old Dutch lion Max Verstappen is attempting to win his first championship and the young challenger is locked into a fierce duel with seven-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton. The latter is seeking a record-breaking eighth title and the 36-year-old master knows he has a fight on his hands to stop the Red Bull man from stealing his crown.
Verstappen versus Hamilton, Red Bull versus Mercedes. It will be fascinating to see who has the speed and skill to emerge victorious on the challenging Jeddah Corniche Circuit this December. But the top two in the points battle might not have it all their own way as there are a host of other competitors who have a shot of glory. Their nearest challengers will be their team-mates, as both Finnish racer Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) and Mexican Sergio Perez (Red Bull) have a race-winning pedigree.
They will also face strong competition from other teams on the grid. Watch out for the exciting duo at McLaren. In the two bright orange cars, there is talented British youngster Lando Norris who is partnered by seven-time Grand Prix winner Daniel Ricciardo.
Those two will be checking their mirrors, on the lookout for the famous scarlet cars from Maranello in Italy. Ferrari are the only team to have contested every season of Formula 1, dating back to 1950. With their huge legion of fans, there will be plenty of support for the squad’s youthful line-up of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz. As well as the up-and-coming talent on the grid there are three other World Champions in the field to keep an eye on: Germany’s Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin), Spain’s Fernando Alonso (Alpine) and Finland’s Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo).
When the five red lights go out above the starting grid in Jeddah on 5th December, it will be time to prove which driver and team have the winning combination. We can’t wait!