Since its debut in 2021, the venue of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix has been criticised for the close walls that affect drivers’ sight lines during corners. Although a few modifications to push some selected walls back and widen the track were put in place ahead of the 2022 race, the new season has seen further updates. These include a bevelled kerb and fence repositioning, which cut speeds through the Turns 22-23 sequence by 30mph. There was also a 7.5-metre fence pushback at Turn 4 and a 5-metre fence pushback at Turn 20 to improve visibility. These changes have eased the “blind fear” for drivers, according to Lando Sargeant, who raced on the track for HWA Racelab and Carlin. Oscar Piastri, McLaren‘s rookie, won the 2021 FIA F2 Sprint and Feature Race for Prema Racing at the circuit, but he admits the “fear factor” of the Corniche coastal circuit cannot be replicated in the simulator, which complicates his adaption process after a year on the sidelines with Alpine.