2023 Saud Arabia Grand Prix FP-2 Data Analysis

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The high-speed Jeddha race track with its unique track characteristics under the lights promised to paint a different picture from Bahrain, but did it really? Let us dive into the data to find out more.

Jeddah has some unique characteristics as compared to Bahrain. While Bahrain is a more traction-dominated and hence a ‘rear tyre limited’ racetrack, Jeddah is the complete opposite. Jeddah mostly features high-speed corners with an avg speed of 254 km/hr which makes it a ‘front tyre limited’ racetrack as the drivers steer through the high-speed corners resulting in a lot of energy through the front tyres. Also, the track Evolution during Qualifying is high, so the last person to set the lap like Perez the previous year might have a slight edge if the fight is down to the last tenth.

Overtake-wise, we have been spoilt with the first two races in 2021 and 2022, both have been super entertaining. T1, T13 and T27 offer the best opportunities. Below is a speed trap of the track.

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Quali Simulations

The only real contenders for the pole were Aston Martins, with Ferrari deciding to turn down their engines and sandbag. Below is a Hot Lap Analysis from FP2 Data of VER vs ALO followed by their mini sector timings. alt text

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  1. VER gains over ALO over all the straights due to the difference in setup philosophy

  2. VER has more lap time to be found through T 15 as he has a lift-off compared to ALO

  3. ALO made a mistake at T22 which hurt him all the way to T27 compromising his

sector 3 time

  1. If Redbull is not hiding anything, then there might be a battle for Pole, but the

Redbull would breeze past the Aston in the Race with DRS

Race Pace Simulations

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