The defending F1 world champion held on to take his fifth pole of the season in Jeddah after Max Verstappen hit the wall on the remaining nook on his final lap in Q3, having regarded set to seize prime spot on the end.
The crash meant Verstappen will begin the inaugural Saudi Arabian GP from third place behind a Mercedes entrance row lockout with Hamilton on pole from team-mate Valtteri Bottas, however Hamilton remains wary of Red Bull’s pace this weekend.
Crimson Bull can be set to examine over Verstappen’s gearbox following his heavy conflict with the wall on the remaining nook in qualifying, and “won’t hesitate” to swap for a fresh one and pick up a five-place grid drop if wanted to keep away from reliability considerations.
In the meantime, Crimson Bull opted not to appeal the FIA race stewards’ decision to not penalise Hamilton for a yellow flag incident in remaining follow regardless of weighing up the choice.
Behind the entrance three Charles Leclerc bounced again from a giant FP2 crash to take fourth place for Ferrari and beat the second Crimson Bull of Sergio Perez in qualifying. Pierre Gasly will begin the race from sixth place for AlphaTauri forward of McLaren’s Lando Norris and the French driver’s team-mate Yuki Tsunoda.
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12
Photograph by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images
When is the F1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix?
- Date: Sunday fifth December 2021
- Begin time: 5:30pm GMT, eight:30pm native time
The 21st spherical of the 2021 F1 season, the Saudi Arabian GP on the Jeddah Corniche Circuit, will get underway at 5.30pm native time (eight.30pm GMT) on Sunday fifth December.
How can I watch the Saudi Arabian GP?
In the UK, Sky Sports activities will probably be reside broadcasting the Saudi Arabian GP, with the race proven reside on Sky Sports activities F1 and Sky Sports activities Primary Occasion. Pre-race protection will probably be beginning on Sky Sports activities F1 at four:00pm GMT, with protection on Sky Sports activities Primary Occasion beginning at 5:00pm GMT, forward of the race begin at 5:30pm GMT.
- Channel: Sky Sports activities F1
- Begin time: four:00pm GMT, Sunday fifth December
Autosport will probably be running a live text coverage of the Saudi Arabian GP here.
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, celebrates in Parc Ferme after securing pole
Photograph by: Glenn Dunbar / Motorsport Images
When can I watch the Saudi Arabian GP highlights?
In the UK Channel four can be broadcasting highlights of the Saudi Arabian GP at 10:00pm GMT on Sunday. The total programme will run for 2 hours and 30 minutes, protecting the pre-race, the race highlights and the preliminary post-race response to wrap up the main speaking factors of the race weekend.
For the complete 2021 F1 season, Channel four will broadcast highlights of each qualifying and race of every occasion. The highlights may even be obtainable on Channel four’s on demand catch up companies.
- Channel: Channel four
- Begin time: 10:00pm GMT, Sunday fifth December
Will the Saudi Arabian GP be on the radio?
Dwell radio protection of each follow, qualifying and race for the 2021 F1 season will probably be obtainable on the BBC Radio 5 Dwell and 5 Dwell Sports activities Additional stations and the by way of the BBC Sport web site.
Dwell protection of the Saudi Arabian GP will begin at 5:15pm GMT on BBC Radio 5 Dwell Sports activities Additional and on the BBC Sounds app.
Climate forecast for the Saudi Arabian GP
Present climate forecasts predict sizzling and dry circumstances on the Jeddah Corniche Circuit, with a really low probability of rain throughout the race. The temperature is predicted to be 28 levels Celsius for the beginning of the race – one diploma hotter than the Qatar GP.
What number of laps is the Saudi Arabian GP?
The race is scheduled to finish 50 laps of the Jeddah Corniche Circuit, protecting a complete race distance of 308.450km.
Saudi Arabian GP beginning grid