Formula 1 returns with the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix 2023, set to take place from Friday 17 March to Sunday 19 March. Red Bull Racing in Bahrain in early March. While Red Bull Racing and Max Verstappen will hope to build on their early success during the 2023 F1 season, close rivals Ferrari and Mercedes are facing some setbacks as they hope to overcome the Jeddah Corniche circuit at the weekend .
Notably, Formula 2 also returns for its second round of the 2023 season this weekend, with the Formula 1 race sessions taking place at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Indian racing driver Kush Maini, currently in his rookie season with Campos Racing, is fourth in the standings after the season-opening race in Bahrain. Meanwhile, Jahan Daruvala, the other driver from India competing for MP Motorsport, is currently ranked 11th in the championship.
Formula 1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix 2023: How to watch in India
With Star Sports and Disney+ Hotstar no longer live streaming F1 in India, fans in the country can only watch live races and race sessions on the F1 TV app with a Pro subscription. Subscription gives access to all sessions and shows as well as feeder series, so you’ll be able to watch both F1 and F2 this weekend with the app and subscription.
Formula 1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix 2023: Timings in India
Practice 1: Friday March 17, 7 PM (IST)
Practice 2: Friday 17 March 10:30 PM (IST)
Practice 3: Saturday 18 March, 7 PM (IST)
Qualifying: Saturday March 18 at 10:30 PM (IST)
Race: Sunday March 19 at 10:30 PM (IST)
Formula 2 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix 2023: Timings in India
Practice: Friday March 17 at 4:25 PM (IST)
Qualifying: Friday March 17 at 8:30 PM (IST)
Sprint Race: Saturday March 18 at 8:40 PM (IST)
Feature Race: Sunday March 19 at 7:05 PM (IST)
F1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix 2023: What to expect
Max Verstappen goes into the second round of the season leading the drivers’ standings with Sergio Pérez in second after a Red Bull Racing 1-2 in Bahrain in early March. Fernando Alonso, who came third in Bahrain, will hope to take advantage of a surprisingly competitive Aston Martin F1 car to try and secure his first race win since 2013. The veteran Spanish driver and two-time world champion is competing in his 20th full F1. season this year, at the age of 41.
Ferrari had a troubled start to the 2023 season, with Charles Leclerc retiring the car due to mechanical failure, and Carlos Sainz Jr. losing third place after being overtaken by Alonso. Lewis Hamilton and George Russell could secure 5th and 7th places respectively as Mercedes struggles to find competition in the car going into 2023. The tighter street circuit of Jeddah could be a better fit for some teams, as they hope to reduce the gap to Red Bull. Racing.
Interestingly, Red Bull India hosted the show in Mumbai on 12 March, with former F1 driver and 13-time race winner David Coulthard driving the Red Bull RB7 car along the Bandra Bandstand promenade in front of thousands of fans. The RB7 is the same car that won the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships in 2011, and Red Bull India had earlier provided an assembly showcase of the car where the RB7 was assembled and prepared for the spectators in attendance.
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