Details of the exciting new Jeddah Street Circuit, host to the inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in 2021, have been released by Formula One.
Designed in collaboration with Tilke GmbH & Co. KG and the Formula 1 Motorsport team under Ross Brawn, the circuit is situated approximately 12km geographically north of Jeddah’s centre Corniche area on the Red Sea and will be 6.175km long making it the second longest on the calendar after Spa Francorchamps.
“It’s always very exciting to release the details of a new circuit and the Saudi Arabia Street Circuit is no exception,” commented Ross Brawn, Formula 1 Managing Director Motorsport. “We have worked very 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 the track in December.”
The circuit will have 27 corners and the potential for 3 DRS detections zones, the dynamic and fast-flowing layout enabling predicted speeds of around 250 km/h to make it not only the fastest street circuit ever but one of the fastest on the F1 calendar.
“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),” added HRH Prince Khalid Bin Sultan Al Faisal, President of the Saudi Automobile & Motorsport Federation. “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 organise these events to the highest standards for our fans and growing young population.”