Diriyah Preview

The ABB FIA Formula E World Championship heads to Diriyah for Rounds 2 and 3 of Season 9 as we have a pair of night races in Saudi Arabia this weekend.

The Diriyah Street Circuit, just outside of the Saudi capital, Riyadh, forgoes the permanent circuit layout of the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City for a full street circuit – snaking the historic city’s walls at the UNESCO World Heritage site.

Its a second new challenge in as many weeks with the snaking, bumpy bobsleigh run of the Diriyah track a favourite of the drivers – and it’s one of the most demanding circuits on the calendar for balancing energy management and outright pace, through drivers have never found overtaking a problem.

With 21 twists and turns, the 2.495km Diriyah Street Circuit skirts around the historic World Heritage site. The Drivers face a challenging lap from the finish line as a technical first sector leads into the snaking Bobsleigh Run at Turn 6, a series of fast changes in quick succession.

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Last year’s visit to Diriyah saw De Vries win Round 1, as well as his teammate making a 1-2 for the Mercedes EQ team and Edoardo Mortara then won Round 2.

Weekend Schedule-

Thursday 26th-

  • Free Practice 1- 14:55pm – 15:45pm (GMT)

Friday 27th-

  • Free Practice 2- 10:25am – 11:15am
  • Qualifying- 12:40pm – 13:55pm
  • Round 2- 17:03pm – 18:30pm

Saturday 28th-

  • Free Practice 3- 10:25am – 11:15am
  • Qualifying- 12:40pm – 13:55pm
  • Round 3- 17:03pm – 18:30pm

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