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he Saudi Arabian Grand Prix goes ahead as planned this weekend despite a missile attack near the track in Jeddah on Friday.

An attack on an oil depot about nine miles from the circuit put the race in doubt and a significant number of drivers had concerns about the safety of the event.

But after a four-hour meeting between drivers, team bosses and F1 chiefs, and after further reassurances from bosses, they agreed to race.

Charles Leclerc was decisive in his performance last weekend, winning the first Grand Prix of the season ahead of Ferrari team-mate Carlos Sainz.

Max Verstappen suffered a shock late retirement along with Red Bull colleague Sergio Perez in Bahrain, allowing Lewis Hamilton to swoop into third place.

It was more of the same initially in Jeddah, with Ferrari once again looking extremely impressive and Leclerc topping all three practice sessions.

However, he was eventually pipped to top spot on the grid by Red Bull’s Perez, whose excellent final lap secured a maiden career pole for his 216th race.

Sainz qualified in third, with Verstappen only fourth and the Alpines of Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso split by Mercedes’ George Russell. The top 10 was rounded out by Valtteri Bottas, Pierre Gasly and Kevin Magnussen.

Hamilton will start the race way down in 16th after being eliminated at the end of Q1 for the first time since the 2017 Brazilian Grand Prix.

Mick Schumacher, though, won’t take part in the grand prix after being transported to hospital in the aftermath of a terrifying high-speed crash that caused qualifying to be delayed for more than an hour.

Here is everything you need to know for the race on Sunday…

When is the F1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix?

The Saudi Arabian Grand Prix takes place on Sunday, March 27, 2022. Jeddah Corniche Circuit hosts the second race of the season.

What time is the F1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix?

First and second practice took place on Friday, March 25, 2022, with Leclerc leading the timing sheets ahead of Verstappen in both sessions.

On Saturday, third practice took place at 2pm with qualifying at 5pm.

Lights out for the race is at 6pm BST on Sunday, March 27.

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How can I watch the F1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix?

TV channel: The race on Sunday is live on Sky Sports F1 from 4.30pm and on Sky Sports Main Event from 5pm.

Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers can watch all the action online via the Sky Go app.

Live blog: You can follow all the action via Standard Sport’s live blog.

Free highlights: Terrestrial viewers can watch highlights of the race at 10.30pm on Sunday.

Who is on pole for the F1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix?

Sergio Perez claimed his maiden pole position in Jeddah after pipping Charles Leclerc with a brilliant final lap.

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