AUTO RACING: Formula One hosts 1st Saudi Arabian Grand Prix

December 1, 2021 GMT
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain waves from the podium after winning the Qatar Formula One Grand Prix. In Lusail, Qatar, Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021. On the left is second placed Red Bull driver Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and on the right third placed Alpine driver Fernando Alonso of Spain. (Hamad I Mohammed, Pool via AP)
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain waves from the podium after winning the Qatar Formula One Grand Prix. In Lusail, Qatar, Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021. On the left is second placed Red Bull driver Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and on the right third placed Alpine driver Fernando Alonso of Spain. (Hamad I Mohammed, Pool via AP)
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain waves from the podium after winning the Qatar Formula One Grand Prix. In Lusail, Qatar, Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021. On the left is second placed Red Bull driver Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and on the right third placed Alpine driver Fernando Alonso of Spain. (Hamad I Mohammed, Pool via AP)
1 of 3
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain waves from the podium after winning the Qatar Formula One Grand Prix. In Lusail, Qatar, Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021. On the left is second placed Red Bull driver Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and on the right third placed Alpine driver Fernando Alonso of Spain. (Hamad I Mohammed, Pool via AP)
1 of 3
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain waves from the podium after winning the Qatar Formula One Grand Prix. In Lusail, Qatar, Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021. On the left is second placed Red Bull driver Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and on the right third placed Alpine driver Fernando Alonso of Spain. (Hamad I Mohammed, Pool via AP)

All Times Eastern

FORMULA ONE

Saudi Arabian Grand Prix

Site: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Schedule: Friday, practice, 8:30 a.m. and noon; Saturday, practice, 9 a.m., and qualifying, noon; Sunday, race, 12:30 p.m.

Track: Jeddah Corniche Circuit.

Race distance: 50 laps, 191.66 miles.

Last year: New event.

Last race: Seven-time series champion Lewis Hamilton started from the pole in Qatar and was never threatened in his second consecutive victory.

Fast facts: Hamilton now trails points leader Max Verstappen by just eight points with two races remaining. ... Carlos Sainz Jr. (7th in points) and Antonio Giovinazzi (18th) are the only drivers to have been running at the finish in all 20 races. ... Verstappen has led 620 laps; the rest of the drivers to have competed this season have combined to lead 569.

Next race: Dec. 12, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

ADVERTISEMENT

Online: https://www.formula1.com

NASCAR CUP SERIES

Last race: Kyle Larson completed a dominating 10-win season by holding off Martin Truex Jr. for his first championship.

Next race: Feb. 20, Daytona Beach, Florida.

Online: https://www.nascar.com

NASCAR XFINITY SERIES

Last race: Daniel Hemric made the first victory of his career a good one, beating reigning champion Austin Cindric to win the championship.

Next race: Feb. 19, Daytona Beach, Florida.

Online: http://www.nascar.com

NASCAR TRUCK SERIES

Last race: Ben Rhodes won his first series championship.

Next race: Feb. 18, Daytona Beach, Florida.

Online: https://www.nascar.com

INDYCAR

Last race: Colton Herta won the season finale at Long Beach, California, as Alex Palou wrapped up the series championship.

Next race: Feb. 27, St. Petersburg, Florida.

Online: http://www.indycar.com

NHRA DRAG RACING

Last event: Steve Torrence won the Top Fuel championship and Bob Tasca III won the Funny Car title in the Auto Club NHRA Nationals.

Next event: Feb. 17-20, Pomona, California.

Online: http://www.nhra.com

WORLD OF OUTLAWS

Next event: Feb. 10-12, Barberville, Florida.

Online: http://worldofoutlaws.com/sprintcars

___

More AP auto racing: https://apnews.com/hub/auto-racing and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports