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George Russell
1:32.254 Fastest Lap
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Lewis Hamilton
1:31.746 Fastest Lap
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George Russell
1:28.316 Fastest Lap
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Lewis Hamilton
1:28.460 Fastest Lap
24 Laps

The Circuit

Located alongside Jeddah’s Corniche with a backdrop of the Red Sea, this unusual-looking street circuit is one of the most unique venues we race at.

The temporary street circuit does feature some permanent facilities and was designed by Hermann Tilke’s company in collaboration with Formula 1 themselves.

What they decided upon became F1’s third longest track and was the longest street circuit until the Las Vegas Grand Prix debuted at the end of last season. Its fast and furious layout consists of a crazy 27 corners - seven more than the next-highest number on the calendar which is Baku and Circuit of the Americas which both have 20 turns.

The average speed for George during last year’s race was 240.459km/h, which was just below the average that he experienced around the ‘Temple of Speed’ at Monza! Confidence here is key.

The W15 will need to be quickly set up in a very different way to Bahrain, with less downforce and need for heavy braking around Jeddah. Track evolution at this circuit is also high, with lots of dirt and dust often finding its way onto the track. Fortunately, as the weekend goes on this should only improve the lap times as both Formula 1, as well as support series Formula 2, F1 Academy and the Porsche Sprint Challenge Middle East help clear the track.

The track surface will also be smoother than what we’ve experienced so far this season, with Pirelli bringing tyres that are a step softer as a result.

Being a night race, the circuit will be illuminated with floodlights when the sun goes down, just like we saw in Bahrain. We’ll be closely monitoring the change in conditions, with temperatures likely dropping and the chance for wind speeds to rise or move direction.

Lewis Hamilton holds the lap record here (1:30.734), set in 2021.

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Everything You Need To Know: Saudi Arabia

It might be a fairly new addition to the F1 calendar, but the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix has certainly delivered plenty of entertainment since its debut in 2021. Lewis and the Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team won the inaugural event here, also achieving pole position and having both drivers on the podium over the same race weekend.

This Jeddah Corniche Circuit is fast and flowing, and the definition of a ‘risk versus reward’ track for the grid. Lewis and George will need to carefully navigate the 6.174km circuit which has an outstanding 27 corners - the most of any track on the calendar! Lewis holds the lap record here, a time of 1:30.734s, which he achieved at the first Grand Prix.

The race is held at night and is known for pushing the entire grid to its limits. It has had several changes over the years to continue to improve safety, with George having an important role in this as the GPDA (Grand Prix Drivers’ Association) director.

There have been Safety Cars deployed in all three races here, as well as two red flags.

It’s a challenging track to master, but Lewis has the opportunity to be the first two-time winner at this Grand Prix.

Much like the first race of the season in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia follows a similar change to the schedule. The race weekend has been shifted forward a day, meaning Free Practice falls on Thursday, Qualifying will move to Friday and race day is now Saturday. This has been done because of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, which begins on the evening of Sunday, 10 March.

Our Successes

We locked out the front row on our first visit to the Jeddah Corniche Circuit. Lewis, who had looked comfortable all weekend, secured pole position with then team-mate Valtteri Bottas lining up alongside him in second.

A dramatic race followed, but it was Lewis who passed the chequered flag in first to achieve his 103rd race win.

This added to his record-breaking tally and remains his most recent Grand Prix victory. Valtteri completed the podium trio to finish in third and collect his last piece of silverware for the Silver Arrows.

Mercedes have achieved points with both drivers in every race since, with George and Lewis crossing the finish line in fourth and fifth, respectively, last season.

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