Saudi Arabian GP 2024: Schedule and F1 Start Times

Find out when the 2024 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix takes place, including the F1 session times for practice, qualifying and the race which happens on Saturday


The Formula 1 season continues with the Saudi Arabian GP 2024, a highly anticipated event on the F1 calendar. Set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Jeddah Corniche Circuit, the race is an enthralling spectacle of speed, skill, and strategy. 

For fans eager to catch every thrilling moment, understanding the Saudi Arabian GP 2024 schedule is key. This guide ensures you’re well-prepared to follow the action, whether you’re planning to watch it live or from the comfort of your home.

The Jeddah Corniche Circuit, known for its picturesque seaside setting and challenging layout, will host this pivotal early-season race. With its combination of high-speed straights, tight corners, and strategic complexities, the circuit tests the mettle of F1’s best drivers and teams.

Here’s everything you need to know to ensure you don’t miss a second of the action in Jeddah from Thursday March 7 to Saturday March 9.

Detailed 2024 Saudi Arabian GP Session Times

DateSessionLocalUK (GMT)US (EDT)US (PDT)Aus (AEDT)
ThursdayPractice 116:3013:3008:3005:3000:30*
ThursdayPractice 220:0017:0012:0009:0004:00*
FridayPractice 316:3013:3008:3005:3000:30*
SaturdayGrand Prix20:0017:0012:0009:0004:00*
*Denotes next day

Optimize your plans for the Formula 1 season by marking your calendar with the Saudi Arabian GP 2024 schedule. Here’s a breakdown of the session times in the UK, USA, Australia and Canada, ensuring you don’t miss a moment of the action.

Jeddah Corniche Circuit | Formula 1
Jeddah Corniche Circuit | Formula 1

Thursday, March 7, 2024 – Practice Sessions Begin

  • First Practice Session: Begins at 16:30 local time (Jeddah), offering teams and drivers the first competitive taste of the circuit.
  • Second Practice Session: Follows at 20:00, providing insights into performance under cooler, evening conditions similar to race conditions.

Friday, March 8, 2024 – Final Practice and Qualifying

  • Third Practice Session: Scheduled from 16:30 to 17:30, offering the last chance for adjustments before Qualifying.
  • Qualifying Session: Determines the Grand Prix starting grid from 20:00 to 21:00, setting the stage for race day.

Saturday, March 9, 2024 – Race Day

  • The day is packed with pre-race activities, peaking with the Grand Prix starting at 20:00 local time. The race promises 50 laps of high-speed action, concluding around 22:00.
Kevin Magnussen steals the final point from Yuki Tsunoda in the 2023 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix | Sam Bloxham/LAT Images / Haas F1 Team
Kevin Magnussen steals the final point from Yuki Tsunoda in the 2023 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix | Sam Bloxham/LAT Images / Haas F1 Team

Tips for Watching the 2024 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix

The 2024 Saudi Arabian GP is set to be a pivotal moment in the Formula 1 season, with the Jeddah Corniche Circuit offering a spectacular blend of high-speed racing and scenic beauty. 

Whether you’re a long-time F1 enthusiast or just getting started, here are essential tips to enhance your viewing experience of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix:

To ensure you don’t miss out on any of the excitement, various broadcasting and streaming options are available worldwide. These platforms offer comprehensive coverage of every practice session, qualifying round, and the race itself.

  • United Kingdom: Sky Sports F1 continues to be the prime destination for F1 fans in the UK, offering live coverage of the Saudi Arabian GP along with expert analysis and commentary.
  • United States: ESPN remains the home for Formula 1 in the US, broadcasting live sessions throughout the Grand Prix weekend, providing fans with uninterrupted access to the action.
  • Canada: Canadian viewers can tune into TSN (The Sports Network), which offers extensive live coverage of the Formula 1 season, including the Saudi Arabian GP.
  • Australia: For fans down under, Fox Sports delivers live broadcasts of every key moment from the track, ensuring you’re in the heart of the action.
John Smith
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