Saudi Arabian GP Schedule 2023: Formula 1

Track Schedule

F1 track action starts on Friday at in Jeddah with two, 1-hour free practice sessions (FP1 & FP2) for teams to find the perfect setup.

Free practice 3 (FP3) takes place on Saturday afternoon, building up to qualifying; a 3-part session where lap times decide starting positions for the Grand Prix on Sunday evening.

f1 track schedule
FridayFirst Practice16:30 - 17:30
Second Practice20:00 - 21:00
SaturdayThird Practice16:30 - 17:30
Qualifying 20:00 - 21:00
SundayGrand Prix (50 laps or 120 minutes)*20:00 - 22:00

*An F1 race has a maximum time of 2 hours, but can run for up to 3 hours if there are red flags. Jump to full timetable.

Pitstop Practice

Spectators with a view of the pits try not to blink. This is where pit crews hone their skills for the 2-second tyre change.

Pitstop Practice at the Saudi GP is from 1.45-2.15pm on Saturday.

pitstop practice schedule

Track Parade

This is when the grandstands really start to fill up. 2 hours before lights out, drivers warm-up for the race by waving at fans and answering questions. Last chance photo op before the helmets go on.

The driver’s parade at the Saudi GP is from 6:00pm-6:30pm on Sunday.

f1 track parade time

Saudi Arabian GP Schedule 2023: Support Races

Formula 2

A good chance to see the star drivers of the future. F2, the feeder series to F1 has seen many well-known names pass through its ranks. The single-seater cars have an identical chassis, engine and tyres which means it’s all about driver skill and the racing is close.

On Friday the F2 action starts with a 45-minute practice session in the afternoon and a 30-minute qualifying in the evening. The Sprint Race is on Saturday and the Feature Race is on Sunday.

f2 schedule
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Porsche Sprint Challenge Middle East

Porsche Supercup supports most of the European F1 races. The Porsche Sprint Challenge Middle East is a similar series. It’s a one make GT championship showcasing motor racing talent from the Arab region.

Track sessions on the timetable are two practice sessions on Friday and a 30-minute qualifying session on Saturday. There are two races; one on Saturday and one on Sunday.

porsche carrera cup asia
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Saudi Arabian GP Gate Opening Times


Full Timetable for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix Weekend

FRIDAY 17th MARCH Local time
Porsche Sprint Challenge Middle EastFirst Practice Session12:40 - 13:25
FIA Formula 2Practice Session13:55 - 14:40
Formula 1Teams' Press Conference14:00 - 15:00
Paddock ClubPaddock Club Track Tour14:50 - 15:20
Paddock ClubPaddock Club Pit Lane Walk14:50 - 15:50
FIAF1 Car Presentation15:00 - 16:00
FIA Formula 2Qualifying Session18:00 - 18:30
Paddock ClubPaddock Club Track Tour18:45 - 19:35
Paddock ClubPaddock Club Pit Lane Walk18:45 - 19:35
FIA Formula 2Press Conference19:15 - 19:45
Porsche Sprint Challenge Middle EastSecond Practice Session21:30 - 22:15
Paddock ClubPaddock Club Track Tour13:15 - 14:10
Paddock ClubPaddock Club Pit Lane Walk13:15 - 14:15
Formula 1Team Pit Stop Practice13:45 - 14:15
Porsche Sprint Challenge Middle EastQualifying Session14:45 - 15:15
FIA Formula 2Sprint Race (20 Laps or 45 Mins +1 Lap)18:10 - 19:00
Paddock ClubPaddock Club Pit Lane Walk19:10 - 19:40
Paddock ClubPaddock Club Track Tour19:10 - 19:40
FIA Formula 2Press Conference19:30 - 20:00
Formula 1Press Conference21:00 - 22:00
Porsche Sprint Challenge Middle EastFirst Race (11 Laps or 25 Mins)22:05 - 22:35
Porsche Sprint Challenge Middle EastSecond Race (11 Laps or 25 Mins)15:00 - 15:30
FIA Formula 2Feature Race (28 Laps or 60 Mins +1 Lap)16:35 - 17:40
Formula 1Drivers' Parade18:00 - 18:30
FIA Formula 2Press Conference18:00 - 18:30
Paddock ClubPaddock Club Pit Lane Walk18:05 - 19:00
Formula 1National Anthem19:44 - 19:46
FORMULA 1GRAND PRIX (50 LAPS OR 120 MINS)20:00 - 22:00

All start times in this timetable and other schedules on this page are in the local timezone at the track. Times are subject to change.

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