The layout of the brand-new Saudi Arabia GP, which will be held in Jeddah, has been revealed on Thursday morning.
The first-ever Saudi Arabian GP will be held on December 5th. The new venue has been described as the fastest street track in F1 history. The circuit features 27 corners and is 6.175km long. Plus, it will be the second-longest track on the calendar with an expected average speed of over 250km/h.
The circuit is located in the marvelous city of Jeddah, 12km north of the city center. The track encircles a lagoon and it has three DRS zones with the hope of creating a great, entertaining race for the fans. Moreover, the start will be in the evening, which means that the cars and the lights will produce a stunning spectacle.
The venue was developed with a collaboration between Tilke GmbH & Co. KG and the Formula 1 Motorsport team led by Ross Brawn. The track will use existing roads, but it remains an incredibly fast-flowing track.
“It’s always very exciting to release the details of a new circuit and the Jeddah Street Circuit is no exception”, Ross Brawn said.
“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.”
HRH Prince Khalid Bin Sultan Al Faisal, President of the Saudi Automobile & Motorsport Federation (SAMF) also shared his thoughts: “We are looking forward to welcoming motorsport fans to Saudi Arabia. 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 Prince of 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 organize these events to the highest standards for our fans and growing young population.”