Live Updates: 2024 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix F1 Race

Max Verstappen starts from pole position and is the favorite to win his ninth consecutive Formula 1 race at the 2024 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, with the event being held on a Saturday to avoid clashing with Ramadan, and Carlos Sainz missing the race due to surgery, making way for Oliver Bearman’s debut.


‣ Max Verstappen is starting from pole position in the 2024 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, aiming for his ninth consecutive win, with Charles Leclerc and Sergio Perez starting second and third respectively.

‣ Verstappen is the favorite to win the race, showcasing strong performance in long run pace, but the Jeddah circuit’s propensity for safety cars and red flags means outcomes can be unpredictable.

‣ Carlos Sainz is unable to compete due to surgery on his appendix, allowing 18-year-old British driver Oliver Bearman to make his Formula 1 debut, starting from 11th position.

‣ The 2024 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix is scheduled on a Saturday to avoid a clash with Ramadan, marking a rare occurrence in the F1 calendar with the next Saturday race not until the Las Vegas Grand Prix later in the season.

Max Verstappen’s snagged pole position for the 2024 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. He’s gunning for win number nine in a row in Formula 1. Right next to him, Charles Leclerc’s gearing up on the front row. And not too far behind, in third, is Sergio Perez. Catch every twist and turn on the Jeddah Corniche Circuit with our live updates below. Oh, and buckle up—it’s gonna be a wild ride.

### F1 LIVE | The 2024 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix

### Who’s gonna take the crown?

Verstappen’s looking like the guy to beat in Jeddah. Pole position? Check. Killer pace on Friday? Double-check. But hey, this is Jeddah we’re talking about. It’s famous for throwing curveballs with safety cars and red flags. So, who knows? If Verstappen slips, Perez, Leclerc, and Fernando Alonso are lurking, ready to pounce.

Carlos Sainz is sitting this one out—appendix issues. Ouch. Stepping in is Oliver Bearman, a fresh-faced 18-year-old from Britain. He’s making history as the youngest Brit to compete in Formula 1. Starting 11th, he was a hair’s breadth from Q3, just trailing behind Lewis Hamilton. Talk about a debut.

### Why Saturday, though?

So, the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix’s happening a day early. Why? To dodge a scheduling clash with Ramadan. Practice kicked off on Thursday, with the final run on Friday. Qualifying lit up Friday evening. And now, the main event’s on Saturday. It’s a one-off, except for the Las Vegas Grand Prix later this season. Unique, right?

Albert Ramirez
Albert Ramirez
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