The second spherical of the 2023 Method One World Championship takes us this weekend to the Jeddah Corniche Circuit on the Purple Coastline.
The circuit’s observe structure was designed by well-known circuit architect Hermann Tilke, and its 3.83-mile size is second solely to the 4.35-mile lengthy Spa-Francorchamps. It has 27 corners, the very best variety of any circuit on the calendar, and its common velocity within the earlier two races has been above 150 mph.
The observe floor gives a medium stage of grip however the sand blown in from the close by desert can have an effect on issues, as can dramatic adjustments in wind route. Pirelli has nominated its medium compounds for the race: C2 is the White exhausting, C3 is the Yellow medium, and C4 is the Purple delicate.
Jeddah Corniche Circuit, dwelling of the Method 1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix
Groups additionally need to cope with fast temperature adjustments because the race progresses, because the Saudi race begins at nightfall and runs into the night time. The present climate forecast requires high quality circumstances all through the weekend, with peak temperatures hovering round 90 levels F.
Modifications made to the observe this yr embrace some new rumble strips on the escape roads and a few smoother curbs. A lot of the partitions have additionally been repositioned to assist enhance visibility in some areas and to make the corners slower elsewhere.
After some observe on Friday, Purple Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen was the quickest, adopted carefully by teammate Sergio Perez, after which the Aston Martins of Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll. It was additionally confirmed that Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc must take a 10-place grid penalty for having exceeded his allocation of energy unit management electronics.
Going into Saturday’s qualifying session and Sunday’s race, Verstappen leads the 2023 Drivers’ Championship with 25 factors. Perez is second with 18 factors and Alonso third with 15 factors. Within the Constructors’ Championship, Purple Bull leads with 43 factors, versus the 23 of Aston Martin and 16 of Mercedes-Benz AMG. Final yr’s winner in Saudi Arabia was Verstappen, driving for Purple Bull.