Throughout the practice and qualification the riders found no clutch when they strayed from a rubberized race line.
The consensus is that the prospect of an entertaining race will be compromised because drivers cannot get off the line to try to pass.
“I think the most important thing is that the surface is a joke,” Perez said when asked by Autosport if there would be any gear in the race.
“Tomorrow the race will be difficult. And drivers will make mistakes because we are in this situation. “
Alonso revealed that the topic was discussed at a drivers briefing on Friday night, and that the lack of traction did not improve on Saturday.
“It’s still very difficult to get off the internet,” he said. “It’s like rubble, so it’s going to be hard. Yesterday we said that the track, the asphalt, does not meet the standards of Formula 1.
“There is nothing we can do. I think this weekend we need to put on a show, but that needs to change next year. It is very difficult in such races. “
View of the track
Photo: Zak Mauger / Drawings of motorsport
McLaren Daniel Ricciardo agreed that it was impossible to stray from the race line.
“You literally just have to stay on that one line,” he said. “Otherwise you are no longer on the track.
“So actually instead of making it kind of a good challenge, it just makes it a little bit, in a sense, like one-dimensional, because you only have one version of this one line where a little bit of rubber buildup. That’s why I don’t want to lie and say that I like the surface. “
Ricardo’s gaze divided him McLaren teammate Norris, who regretted that the race might not be as interesting as fans had hoped.
He also suggested that the organizers “winged” it by trying something different with a paved track that is made from local materials.
“On the racetrack, a good grip, smart,” – said the Englishman. “I think it’s just very hot, which makes it even worse. The thing is, offline is really scary.
“And we come to the race, and there are so many fans. And everyone is waiting for such an amazing race. So if you get to that and then they try something new with the surface and something they really haven’t done before, then I think we end up in a position like us.
“You don’t want everyone to be the same, every track, you like the differences, you like them to be unique.
“But if there are so many expectations and you want good races and you want us to provide good races, fun and all that, and then there’s the surface they’re trying and they’re just approaching it to see that it will be …
“It’s not good enough because then we can’t do what they demand, we can’t give a good show. We can’t race. We are not guilty, but ashamed. “
The last detail of the corner of the Jeddah Highway
Photo: Drawings of motorsport
Norris called Jeddah a track with a surface that provides sufficient traction.
“I think that if it was a surface like ours, for example, in Saudi Arabia, it’s just a very high grip in general, it survives in hot temperatures, then I think everyone will look forward to an extremely exciting Sunday” he said.
“Because you can go wide, you can do different lines, you can do alternate lines, you can do anything. While tomorrow everyone keeps just following the line, and then it’s always a lot harder to race that way. ”