The 3.87-mile track will be set out in the Corniche area of Jeddah, the second-largest city by population in Saudi Arabia, about seven miles North of the city centre itself, on 5th December 2021. The first Saudi Arabian GP, the cars are expected to hit a peak of 200mph and, even with 27 corners (Monaco has 19 while Baku has 20), the average lap speed is expected to be around 155mph. The track will feature three DRS zones, and the race will start in the early evening to end under floodlights, similar to the season-closing Abu Dhabi GP except, of course, the cars will be flying along just a few metres away from houses and shops.
“It’s always very exciting to release the details of a new circuit and the Jeddah Street Circuit is no exception,” said Ross Brawn, Formula 1 Managing Director, Motorsport.
“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.”