Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen are separated by just eight points with two races remaining but for the Dutchman, Saudi Arabia is championship point number one.
All signs point to both the drivers' and constructors' battles going the distance with a setpiece finale in Abu Dhabi, but both Red Bull and Mercedes will have an eye on ending at least one fight a race early.
Although Hamilton suffered a stressful time of it in practice on Saturday, the seven-time champion summoned to the stewards' for two separate offences, he escaped without only a reprimand whilst Mercedes received a fine for failing to inform of oncoming traffic.
Qualifying saw a head to head battle between the two title rivals that ended with Verstappen in the wall at the final corner of a scintillating effort.
With Hamilton on pole and Verstappen, providing no gearbox change is required, third, the gloves will once again come off on Sunday.
Saudi Arabian Grand Prix: Race Hub
WHEN IS THE 2021 SAUDI ARABIAN GRAND PRIX?
FRIDAY - Practice One: 16:30 local time [13:30 GMT, 08:30 EST]
FRIDAY - Practice Two: 20:00 local time [17:00 GMT, 12:00 EST]
SATURDAY - Practice Three: 17:00 local time [14:00 GMT, 09:00 EST]
SATURDAY - Qualifying: 20:00 local time [17:00 GMT, 12:00 EST]
SUNDAY - Grand Prix: 20:30 local time [17:30 GMT, 12:30 EST]
WHERE CAN I WATCH THE 2021 SAUDI ARABIAN GP?
Every session of the weekend will be shown live on Sky Sports' dedicated F1 channel. Customers who subscribe to Sky Sports F1 can also watch all the action on the move thanks to the Sky Go app.
Alternatively, you can purchase a NOW TV Day Pass for just £9.99 to watch all of Sky Sports' coverage on your smart TV, mobile device, tablet or computer.
On Channel 4, only the British Grand Prix is being shown in full on free-to-air television in the UK this year. Highlights of all other races will be shown in a 'prime-time' slot on C4.
In the US, ESPN will carry live coverage of every session to subscribing fans Stateside.
Friday's practice sessions will be available on ESPNU whilst all the action from Saturday and Sunday will be broadcast on ESPN2.
Live streaming is available via the ESPN App.
In Australia, all sessions from each weekend of the year will be broadcast live on subscription service Fox Sports or through its Kayo streaming service.
Channel 10 offers a free alternative, showing highlights of all 23 races as well as the Australian Grand Prix live. This can also be accessed by using the 10Play app.
In Canada, qualifying and the race will be aired live in English on subscription channel TSN, which pulls in coverage from Sky Sports in the UK. The TSN GO app allows fans in Canada to watch F1 on the move.
French-language coverage is available on RDS to subscribers, which will air qualifying and the race live. You can download RDS GO if you are out and about.
HOW CAN I WATCH THE SAUDI ARABIAN GP ON F1 TV PRO?
F1 TV Pro, with exclusive camera angles and live coverage of every session, is available to fans in multiple territories.
Check F1's official website to see if F1 TV Pro is available in your location. You will need to pay a fee to subscribe, rates vary depending on locations.
F1 TV Pro is available on most PC operating systems, as well as many mainstream tablet and mobile providers – for a list of all suitable devices, click here.
ODDS FOR THE SAUDI ARABIAN GP
Lewis Hamilton - 2/5
Max Verstappen - 11/4
Valtteri Bottas - 10/1
Sergio Perez - 25/1
Charles Leclerc - 28/1
Pierre Gasly - 66/1
Lando Norris - 100/1
Esteban Ocon - 200/1
Daniel Ricciardo - 200/1
Carlos Sainz - 200/1
Yuki Tsunoda - 250/1
Fernando Alonso - 500/1
Antonio Giovinazzi - 1000/1
Kimi Raikkonen - 1000/1
Sebastian Vettel - 2000/1
Nicholas Latifi - 2000/1
Lance Stroll - 2000/1
George Russell - 2000/1
Mick Schumacher - 2000/1
Nikita Mazepin - 2000/1
[William Hill - Odds correct at time of writing]
GPFans' F1 SAUDI ARABIAN GP PREDICTION
Hamilton and Mercedes have been the team to beat in recent weeks with the seven-time champion resurgent since being thrown out of qualifying in Brazil.
Mercedes will fit the São Paulo engine back into his car for the high-speed Jeddah Street Circuit and if it is firing in a way similar to Brazil, Red Bull and Verstappen face a monumental task to come out on top.
Yes, it is mathematically possible that Verstappen could clinch his first F1 world title this weekend, but short of a reliability issue or a rare error from Hamilton, it is difficult to imagine things being settled before heading to Abu Dhabi for the season finale.