Formula One have released the layout for the fastest ever street track in F1 history ahead of the inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in Jeddah on December 5, the penultimate race of the season.
With an average speed of over 155mph predicted in simulations on the long straights and high-speed sections, the ‘ultra-fast circuit layout’ will be located in Jeddah’s Corniche area, approximately seven miles north of the city centre, with three potential DRS zones.
The track, at 3.13 miles, will have a flow of long straights and tight corners, with 27 turns, 16 left-handers and 11 right.
We can also expect floodlights during the race, with an evening start time in Saudi.
Depending on if the championship decider comes down to the last few races of the season, it could be where Lewis Hamilton claims his record breaking eighth world title, surpassing Michael Schumacher.
The project was a close collaboration between Tilke GmbH & Co. KG and the Formula One Motorsport team led by Ross Brawn, the Formula One managing director.
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HRH Prince Khalid Bin Sultan Al Faisal, President of the Saudi Automobile & Motorsport Federation (SAMF) added: “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 organise these events to the highest standards for our fans and growing young population.”
We have already seen motorsport in Saudi Arabia this year, as Formula E opened their 2021 campaign with a doubler header in Diriyah in the championship’s first ever night race, just outside of the capital Riyadh. It was the third time they visited the country.
Formula E is run in the same style as Formula 1 but with totally electric race cars and is said to be the future of the sport.