2024 Saudi GP Schedule & Start Times

Alex Gassman

by Alex Gassman

Saudi Arabia Formula 1 schedule 2024

The 2024 Saudi GP takes place from Thursday 7th to Saturday 9th March at Jeddah Corniche Circuit. 

It’s one of only three races in 2024 to hold the Grand Prix on a Saturday.

2024 Saudi GP dates

The 2024 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix weekend starts on Thursday the 7th March and finishes on Saturday the 9th March.

The Saudi GP takes places on Jeddah Corniche Circuit and is the second race of the F1 season.

Use the live F1 countdown timer to see exactly how long’s left until the Qatar Grand Prix

Saturday race

The Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in 2024 will be held on Saturday evening, rather than the more usual Sunday. The move forwards by one day has been put in place to allow for the start of Ramadan on March 10th. 

Saudi Grand Prix race weekend format

The 2024 Saudi Arabia Grand Prix will run the traditional F1 weekend format of 3 free practice sessions, qualifying and then the race. It will not include a sprint race.

Below is the duration and format of the different F1 sessions across the Saudi GP weekend:

Thursday 7th March:

  • Free Practice 1 (60 mins)
  • Free Practice 2 (60 mins)

Friday 8th March:

  • Free Practice 3 (60 mins)
  • Qualifying – Q1 / Q2 / Q3 (60 mins)

Saturday 9th March:

  • Grand Prix (57 laps or 120 mins)
All the times listed below are TBC, based on last year’s event, until the final timetable is confirmed.

2024 Saudi Arabia F1 qualifying time

Qualifying for the 2024 Saudi Grand Prix will take place on Friday 8th March at 20:00 (8pm) local time and will last for of 60 minutes.

Qualifying will be split in to three separate sessions – Q1, Q2 and Q3.

All 20 drivers will take part in Q1. The fastest 15 of those will progress to Q2. Then only the 10 quickest drivers from Q2 will move on to the final 10 minute shootout in Q3 for pole position.

2024 Saudi GP start time

The 2024 Saudi GP will start at 20:00 (8pm) local time on Saturday 9th March.

The Grand Prix will last for either 50 laps or 120 minutes, whichever is shorter.

Saudi Grand Prix Schedule 2024

Below is the 2024 Saudi Arabian F1 schedule for free practice, qualifying and race sessions over the weekend.

2024 Saudi Grand Prix F1 Schedule
Thursday 7th March Local Time UK Time
Practice 1 16:30 - 17:30 13:30 - 14:30
Practice 2 20:00 - 21:00 17:00 - 18:00
Friday 8th March
Practice 3 16:30 - 17:30 13:30 - 14:30
Qualifying - Q1 / Q2 / Q3 20:00 - 21:00 17:00 - 18:00
Saturday 9th March
Grand Prix 20:00 17:00

What time is the Saudi F1 race in my country?

The Saudi Grand Prix takes place at Jeddah Corniche Circuit. This is part of the Arabian Standard Time zone (AST) which is GMT+3.

Below are the start times for all Formula 1 sessions over the weekend in a number of different time zones.

Session Saudi
(AST)
Pacific Time
(PT)
Central Time
(CT)
Eastern Time
(ET)
UK Time
(GMT)
European Time
(CET)
Australia Eastern
Time
(AEDT)
Practice 1 16:30 - 7 Mar 05:30 07:30 08:30 13:30 14:30 00:30 +1
Practice 2 20:00 - 7 Mar 09:00 11:00 12:00 17:00 18:00 04:00 +1
Practice 3 16:30 - 8 Mar 05:30 07:30 08:30 13:30 14:30 00:30 +1
Qualifying 20:00 - 8 Mar 09:00 11:00 12:00 17:00 18:00 04:00 +1
Grand Prix 20:00 - 9 Mar 09:00 11:00 12:00 17:00 18:00 04:00 +1

What channel is the Saudi GP on?

F1 fans in the UK will be able to watch footage of the Saudi Grand Prix live on Sky Sports F1. You’ll need a paid channel subscription to do this. Pre-race build up usually starts about 90 minutes prior to the start of the GP.

Race highlights will be available to watch for free on Channel 4 in the evening on Saturday 9th March.

Information on international TV coverage of the F1 can be found on the official Formula 1 website.

Detailed Saudi F1 & motorsport schedule

As well as the Formula 1 there will be other support series hitting the track during the weekend.

For 2024 the support series at the Saudi Grand Prix are:

  • FIA Formula 2
  • F1 Academy
  • Porsche Carrera Cup Middle East

The full weekend motorsport schedule is below.

Thursday 7th March - Schedule
11:40 - 12:25 Porsche Carrera Cup Middle East First Practice Session
12:55 - 13:40 FIA Formula 2 Practice Session
14:05 - 14:45 F1 Academy Practice Session
14:50 - 16:00 Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk
15:00 - 16:00 Paddock Club Track Tour
15:00 - 16:00 FIA F1 Car Presentation
16:30 - 17:30 FORMULA 1 First Practice Session
17:30 - 18:00 Air Display - Saudi Hawks Air Display
18:00 - 18:30 FIA Formula 2 Qualifying Session
18:00 - 19:00 Formula 1 Teams' Press Conference
18:45 - 19:35 Paddock Club Track Tour
18:45 - 19:35 Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk
19:15 - 19:45 FIA Formula 2 Press Conference
20:00 - 21:00 FORMULA 1 Second Practice Session
21:30 - 22:00 F1 Academy Qualifying Session
22:25 - 23:10 Porsche Carrera Cup Middle East Second Practice Session
Friday 8th March - Schedule
14:05 - 14:35 Porsche Carrera Cup Middle East Qualifying Session
15:10 - 15:45 F1 Academy First Race (13 Laps, Max 30 Mins +1 Lap)
15:50 - 16:20 Formula 1 Team Pit Stop Practice
16:00 - 16:30 Air Display - Saudi Hawks Air Display
16:30 - 17:30 FORMULA 1 Third Practice Session
18:10 - 19:00 FIA Formula 2 Sprint Race (20 Laps or 45 Mins +1 Lap)
19:10 - 19:40 Paddock Club Pit Track Tour
19:20 - 19:50 FIA Formula 2 Press Conference
20:00 - 21:00 FORMULA 1 Qualifying Session
21:00 - 22:00 Formula 1 Press Conference
22:05 - 22:35 Porsche Carrera Cup Middle East First Race (11 Laps or 25 Mins)
22:50 - 23:50 Paddock Club Track Tour
22:50 - 23:50 Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk
Saturday 9th March - Schedule
13:50 - 14:20 Porsche Carrera Cup Middle East Second Race (11 Laps or 25 Mins)
15:05 - 15:40 F1 Academy Second Race (13 Laps, Max 30 Mins +1 Lap)
16:25 - 17:30 FIA Formula 2 Feature Race (28 Laps or 60 Mins +1 Lap)
17:30 - 18:00 Air Display - Saudi Hawks Air Display
17:45 - 18:55 Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk
18:00 - 18:30 Formula 1 Drivers' Parade
18:30 - 19:00 FIA Formula 2 Press Conference
19:46 - 19:48 Formula 1 National Anthem
20:00 - 22:00 FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX (50 LAPS OR 120 MINS)

Alex Gassman

I‘m Alex. I write F1 and motorsport travel guides based on my experience as racing driver and full-time motorsport nerd. I’ve traveled the world watching F1 and other racing series.

I started oversteer48 with the aim of helping other motorsport fans who are planning on watching some racing themselves.

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