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F1 2023

Jeddah to stay as Saudi Arabian GP host until at least 2027

The Jeddah Corniche Circuit first debuted in F1 in 2021, and will remain until at least 2027.

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The Saudi Arabian Grand Prix is set to remain at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit until at least 2027, its Formula 1 organisers have announced.

F1 first visited the country as part of a long-term deal in 2021, with the Grand Prix expected to move to a purpose-built facility in Qiddiya.

However, delays in the construction have meant the race will continue on the streets of Jeddah - with extensive changes made in time for 2023, as RacingNews365.com found out during an exclusive tour in '22.

Work has focused on moving walls back to increase visibility, while Turns 21/23 have been re-profiled to slow drivers down through the fast left-right chicane, with Saudi Motorsport Company CEO Martin Whitaker believing track tweaks were required to ensure the venue's extension on the calendar.

"It’s important that we future proof the Jeddah track," he explained.

"For this reason we have again been working with the FIA and Formula 1 to ensure that we have a circuit that will allow us to stage the sport in Jeddah while work begins on the track in Qiddiya.

"The Qiddiya automotive centre is being designed to lead the world in Formula 1 circuit design and entertainment.

"[It is a] unique and exciting project, [and] Qiddiya will be a location that everyone will want to visit but right now and in the immediate future the focus and eyes of the world will be on Jeddah."

The 3.8-mile circuit is set to host the second round of the 2023 championship on March 19th, coming two weeks after the season-opener in Bahrain.

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