Your Imagery Work Break – Formula One Saudi Arabian Grand Prix 2022 - Apollo Mapping
Posted on March 7th, 2023

Your Imagery Work Break – Formula One Saudi Arabian Grand Prix 2022

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It’s March, that time of year when it can either feel like eternal winter, or like spring is just around the corner. Either way, a tasty beverage and a stroll around the block with surely add some refreshment to the day. Before you head out, take a moment to check out this 30-centimeter (cm) Pléiades Neo 4 image collected in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on March 27, 2022. This image were captured during the Formula 1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix 2022 at 11:02 am, Arabia Standard Time.

The Formula 1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix took place at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, next to the Red Sea. The track is the second longest track on the Formula 1 calendar. The racecars average speeds above 150 miles per hour (mph) during the races.

The Saudi Arabian Grand Prix race weekend was March 25 – 27th. During the first day of the races, there was a missile attack only 10 miles away at an Aramco oil depot, causing a large fire. Black smoke was seen during the first Formula 1 practice session, and the second session was delayed due to an emergency meeting between drivers, team principles and the Formula 1 CEO. After the meeting, it was announced that the event would continue in spite of the attack.

The race also occurred just days after the 2022 Saudi Arabia mass extinction, in which 81 people were executed. This led to accusations and condemnation against Saudi Arabia for sportswashing, or attempting to cover up or distract from wrongdoing by participating in, hosting or sponsoring sporting events.

After the 50-lap race on the 3.8-mile long track, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won the race just ahead of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, who set the fastest lap of the race. It was Verstappen first win of the 2022 season and his 21st overall win.

These Pléiades Neo 4 images display the vibrant colors of the Jeddah Cornice Circuit. On the left side of the image, you can see the edges of the Red Sea, which frames the racetrack.

We love to add movement to our work break, but while we walk the track today, we plan to keep our speeds well under those of the Formula 1 racers.

Have a great rest of your workday! 😊

(Image Courtesy: Airbus. Processed by Apollo Mapping for improved color accuracy and clarity.)

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