The layout for the new Jeddah Street Circuit has been revealed.
Saudi Arabia joins the F1 calendar for the first time later this year, taking place as the penultimate Grand Prix on the weekend of December 3rd-5th.
The new circuit will be one of the longest on the calendar, with the Jeddah Street Circuit made up of 27 corners over 6.175 kilometres. It will be the second longest circuit on the calendar, just behind Spa-Francorchamps.
The circuit is placed within Jeddah's Corniche area on the Red Sea, 12 kilometres north of the city centre. Jeddah is Saudi Arabia's second largest city by population density, and the Kingdom are aiming to make the new race one of the most unique settings for an F1 race.
The fastest street circuit
The circuit has been designed in a collaborative effort between Hermann Tilke's office and Formula 1's own Motorsports Division, using the existing roads as much as is possible. It will be fast and flowing with high speed esses and chicanes, as well as with long areas where drivers will be flat out. The circuit is projected to average 250 km/h throughout.
Racing will take place under floodlights, as the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix will be a night race. The DRS zones are yet to be confirmed, but three consecutive sections of the Jeddah Circuit have been earmarked for this purpose.
“It’s always very exciting to release the details of a new circuit & the Jeddah Street Circuit is no exception," said F1's Managing Director Ross Brawn.
"We have worked closely with the team at Tilke and with the promoter to ensure we have a track that provides exciting wheel to wheel racing for our fans and challenges all of the drivers.
The design brings out the best of a modern street circuit but also has fast paced free flowing areas that will create fast speeds and overtaking opportunities. The setting is incredible, on the Red Sea, and we can’t wait to see the cars on track in December.”
Saudi Arabia increasing its motorsport involvement
It's an exciting time for Saudi Arabia who are increasing their involvement in motorsport with the addition of a Formula 1 Grand Prix alongside their existing Formula E race and the Dakar Rally.
“We are looking forward to welcoming motorsport fans to Saudi Arabia," said HRH Prince Khalid Bin Sultan Al Faisal, President of the Saudi Automobile & Motorsport Federation (SAMF).
"Next December will be a huge moment, when we host the biggest event in Motorsports (Formula 1). This is a continuation of the endless support that sports in general, and Motorsport in particular, is receiving from His Royal Highness King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Prime Minister, and His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman Crown Princeof Saudi Arabia.
Even though this is the first time we will host a Formula 1 Grand Prix, delivering such important international events is further confirmation of the Kingdom’s ability to manage and organise these events to the highest standards for our fans and growing young population.”