The layout for the Jeddah circuit, which will host the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix has been revealed and it features a whopping 27 corners.
It was officially announced in late 2020 that a Formula 1 race would be hosted in Saudi Arabia for the first time in 2021, taking place on a street circuit in the city of Jeddah.
“We are excited to welcome Saudi Arabia to Formula 1 for the 2021 season and welcome their announcement following speculation in recent days,” said F1 CEO and chairman Chase Carey at the time.
“Saudi Arabia is a country that is rapidly becoming a hub for sports and entertainment with many major events taking place there in recent years and we are very pleased that Formula 1 will be racing there from next season.
“The region is hugely important to us and with 70% of the population of Saudi being under 30 we are excited about the potential to reach new fans and bring our existing fans around the world exciting racing from an incredible and historic location.”
We now know exactly what the circuit will look like, and it’s quite something.
Welcome to the fastest street circuit in #F1.
📈 Average speeds of 250km/h+
↪️ 27 corners
🌊 Stunning Red Sea backdrop
— Formula 1 (@F1) March 18, 2021
Designed by Hermann Tilke, it will be the second-longest track on the current calendar, after Spa, coming in at a total of 6.175km.
What’s more, there will be 27 corners, as many as three DRS zones and cars are expected to run at an average speed of 25okmh, making it the fastest street circuit in the sport.
“It’s always very exciting to release the details of a new circuit and the Saudi Arabia Street Circuit is no exception,” said Ross Brawn.
“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.”
If all goes to plan, the inaugural race will take place on December 5 and will be the penultimate round of the 2021 campaign, with Abu Dhabi serving as the season finale.
It is to take place at night, making it the second night-time street race on the schedule along with the Singapore GP.
— Planet F1 (@Planet_F1) March 18, 2021