Two races at the end of a World Championship that is increasingly focused on details, on the track and beyond. With the Abu Dhabi grand finale removed, Losail and Jeddah were and will be totally new tracks for the Formula 1 Circus. There have been several circuits that have entered the world championship calendar in the last decade, deciding the fate of the various championships. with a good dose of uncertainties and knots to solve for teams and drivers.
On a statistical level, there is an interesting (and superstitious) data relating to the particularly curious poleman: from 2010 onwards, in fact, whoever achieved the best time in qualifying for a new GP then became world champion at the end of the year. It happened three times with Sebastian Vettel, once with Nico Rosberg and twice with Lewis Hamilton.
In Losail it was Hamilton who put his seal on the umpteenth pole position of his career, but what if in Jeddah it should be Verstappen to snatch the best performance of Saturday? There is certainly no shortage of ideas for having fun in forecasting.
Pole position on a new circuit from 2010 to today
2010 – Yeongam: Sebastian VETTEL
2011 – New Delhi: Sebastian VETTEL
2012 – Austin: Sebastian VETTEL
2014 – Sochi: Lewis HAMILTON
2016 – Baku: Nico ROSBERG
2020 – Mugello: Lewis HAMILTON
2020 – Portimão: Lewis HAMILTON
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