F1 qualifying live: Battle for pole position at the 2023 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix

By | March 18, 2023

After taking the chequered flag in style in Bahrain during the opening race of the 2023 F1 season, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen will be hoping for yet more success as the action moves west this weekend.

This time around, we’re in Saudi Arabia at the Jeddah Street Circuit, a track where Verstappen also won in 2022. 

But his World Drivers’ Championship rivals will be keen to deny him this weekend, starting with qualifying around this fast yet tight circuit which could prove troublesome for some drivers. 

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc will be particularly eager to impress after his season got off to a dreadful start with a DNF finish in Bahrain two weeks ago, though he’s already received a ten-place grid penalty for this Sunday’s race after taking new engine parts. 

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F1 2023 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix live qualifying commentary, highlights: As it happens

1 hour 30 minutes to go: Hello and welcome to The Sporting News‘ live coverage of qualifying for the 2023 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix! 

After absolutely dominating at the Bahrain International Circuit two weeks ago, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen will be hunting for more success here in Jeddah. 

What time does the Saudi Arabian F1 Grand Prix start?

  • Date: Sunday, Mar 19
  • Start time: 5 p.m. GMT / 1 p.m ET / 4 a.m AEDT (Mar 6) / 8 p.m. local time

Sunday’s 2023 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. local time. Lights out will take place just after 1 p.m. ET.

Below is the complete schedule for the weekend’s F1 events in Jeddah. 

Date Event Time (GMT) Time (ET)  Time (AEDT)
Friday, Mar 17 Practice 1 13:30 a.m. 9:30 a.m 12:30 a.m (Mar 18)
Friday, Mar 17 Practice 2 5 p.m. 1 p.m 4 a.m (Mar 18)
Saturday, Mar 18 Practice 3 13:30 a.m. 9:30 a.m 12:30 a.m (Mar 19)
Saturday, Mar 18 Qualifying 5 p.m. 1 p.m 4 a.m (Mar 19)
Sunday, Mar 19 Race 5 p.m. 1 p.m 4 a.m (Mar 20)

What TV channel is the F1 on?

  UK USA Canada Australia
TV Channel Sky Sports F1 ESPN/ABC TSN (English); RDS (French) Fox Sports

Where can I live stream F1?

  UK USA Canada Australia
Live Stream NOW TV / Sky Go app ESPN+ fuboTV, TSN Direct Kayo

F1 season schedule 2023

In 2023, the Formula One Calendar will be made up on 23 races across four different continents. 

The action began with the Bahrain Grand Prix on March 5 and will end on November 26 in Abu Dhabi. 

Here’s the latest schedule (subject to change):

Date Race
March 5  Bahrain Grand Prix
March 19 Saudi Arabia Grand Prix
April 2 Australian Grand Prix
April 30 Azerbaijan Grand Prix
May 7 Miami Grand Prix
May 21 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix
May 28 Monaco Grand Prix
June 4 Spanish Grand Prix
June 18 Canadian Grand Prix
July 2 Austrian Grand Prix
July 9  British Grand Prix
July 23 Hungarian Grand Prix
July 30 Belgian Grand Prix
August 27 Dutch Grand Prix
September 3 Italian Grand Prix
September 17 Singapore Grand Prix
September 24 Japanese Grand Prix
October 8 Qatari Grand Prix
October 22 United States Grand Prix
October 29 Mexican Grand Prix
November 5 Brazilian Grand Prix
November 19 Las Vegas Grand Prix
November 26 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

How to watch Formula 1 in the US

  • TV channel: ABC; ESPN
  • Live stream: FuboTV / Hulu / Sling TV

F1 fans in the USA can catch all the action in 2023 with all 23 races set to be shown live on ABC, ESPN, and ESPN2. For Spanish-language viewers, they can find live broadcasts on ESPN Deportes, though ESPNews and ESPNU will also show some practice and qualifying sessions live throughout the year.

As well as on the official F1 TV service, the action can be live streamed on Hulu + Live TV with subscriptions. Elsewhere, Sling TV will also show the action, as too will FuboTV in the US.

How to watch Formula 1 in Canada

  • TV channel: TSN (English); RDS (French)
  • Live stream: TSN Direct

For fans in Canada, TSN will carry the English-language telecast of races. For those looking for the French-language broadcast, RDS will have you covered.

Races can be streamed on fuboTV and via TSN’s streaming service, TSN Direct.

How to watch Formula 1 in the United Kingdom

  • TV channel: Sky Sports F1
  • Live stream: NOW TV / Sky Go app

Viewers in the United Kingdom can catch all F1 action on Sky Sports F1, the dedicated F1 channel. For viewers planning to live stream F1 in 2023, you can watch via the Sky Go app if you’re an existing subscriber or you can purchase a Sky Sports Pass on NOW TV.

How to watch Formula 1 in Australia

  • TV channel: Fox Sports; Channel 10
  • Live stream: Kayo

Fox Sports will carry all races in Australia for the 2023 season.