Who could win the 2023 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix?
All signs point to Max Verstappen winning in Saudi Arabia, just as he did in last year's visit. The two-time world champion looks as comfortable as any driver could hope for in his 2023 car, winning easily in Bahrain even when managing his pace.
That suggests Verstappen's only other competitor will be Sergio Perez. A new season is always the time of hope for a number two driver, where they believe they might get closer to their teammate's performance. However, Perez looked to have as many answers to Verstappen's pace in Round 1 as he did in 2022 — in other words, he doesn't have any.
Therefore, Spaniards Alonso and Carlos Sainz might be the only ones capable of stopping Red Bull's momentum. Alonso will hope that Aston Martin's encouraging pace continues, while Sainz is Ferrari's best hope of victory thanks to Leclerc's 10-place grid drop.
The Mercedes duo of Hamilton and George Russell will need to dig deep if they hope to battle for the win. A plucky strategy for Toto Wolff's team should any reg flags or safety cars appear might be all the British pair need to jump to the front.
2023 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix U.K. Start Time
The Saudi Arabian Grand Prix starts at 5 PM, a couple of hours later than usual, so you have a little extra time to make the most of your Sunday afternoon before settling in for the race.
2023 F1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix Sky Sports Live Coverage
Qualifying – On air: 4 PM, Session start: 5 PM Saturday 18th March
Race – On air: 3:30 PM, Session start: 5 PM Sunday 19th March
2023 F1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix Channel 4 Coverage
Qualifying – 8:50 PM Saturday 18th March
Race – 10:15 PM Sunday 19th March
2023 F1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix Weather Forecast
Qualifying & Race – Hot, hot, and hot are the best words to describe F1's weekend in Saudi Arabia. Highs of 32°C are possible for Saturday and Sunday, but with qualifying and the race set for after the Saudi sunset, a 'cooler' temperature in the high 20°Cs is most likely.