Jeddah Street Circuit is the newest circuit in F1 and will host the Formula 1 STC Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. The Formula 1 race to be held in Saudi Arabia will take place on the last weekend of March as the 3rd race of this year’s FIA Formula 1 World Championship. Formula One has released details of the new Jeddah Street Circuit layout, which will host the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in 2022.
Jeddah Street Circuit Length
The newly-unveiled F1 street circuit illustrates what makes the Jeddah street circuit the longest in the Formula 1 calendar. The Jeddah Street Circuit contains 27 corners and measures 6,175 meters in length, making it the longest street circuit in motorsports history and the second-longest race track in the current F1 season behind the legendary Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium.
In addition, Jeddah has the most corners of any circuit, beating out both Marina Bay (Singapore) and Yas Marina (Abu Dhabi), which boast 21 and 23 turns, respectively. In order to meet the minimum F1 race distance of 305 kilometres, 50 laps of the track will be required.
Jeddah Corniche Circuit Speed
The Jeddah Street Circuit is the second fastest street circuit on the Formula 1 calendar. The long straights and high-speed sections deliver an average lap speed of around 252 km/h. Currently, Italy’s Monza currently holds the record for the fastest track with an average speed of 264 kilometers per hour.
Additionally, three consecutive sections of the circuit have been marked out as potential DRS zones, ensuring plenty of overtaking opportunities for the drivers throughout the race, making it one of the most exciting races of the year.
Jeddah Street Circuit Layout
The layout for Formula 1’s fastest-ever street circuit has been designed in collaboration between Herman Tilke’s Tilke GmbH & Co. and the Formula 1 team. Jeddah’s street circuit has more corners than any other on the calendar, along with three DRS zones. Its intricate design will increase the ability to overtake and will allow teams to “close-up on cars in front”, making for some exciting on-track battles.
Jeddah Street Circuit Location
The Jeddah Street Circuit track is located near the Jeddah Corniche area, about 12km north of the city center, the second biggest city in Saudi Arabia. As a result of its location along the Red Sea and lagoon, as well as its evening starting times, this race should be spectacular. You’ll see a beautiful resort that overlooks the Red Sea, the waterfront corniche on the track. Saudi Arabian F1 races are also held at night under floodlights, like other races in the Middle East.
Ross Brawn, Formula 1 Managing Director Statement
Formula One Motorsport Managing Director commented about unveiling the F1 new track: “It’s always very exciting to release details about a new circuit & this one in Jeddah is no exception.” We worked closely with the Tilke team and local promoters to provide exciting racing opportunities for drivers and fans watching live or online.
The design incorporates the best attributes of a street circuit while maintaining fast-paced areas conducive to fast speeds and overtaking opportunities. I’m looking forward to watching the cars on the track in December 2021 in what is an incredible setting on the Red Sea.”
We want to design circuits that will challenge the drivers, and they’ll love it. It has some tremendous twisty corners that require high G-forces on the driver’s body while driving fast around them. They contain a 180-degree turn with moderate banking at one end, which creates high stress for the drivers. These new circuits we are making will be fast, challenging, and fun for the drivers.
Prince Khalid Bin Sultan Al Faisal Statement
The President of the Saudi Automobile & Motorsport Federation (SAMF), HRH Prince Khalid Bin Sultan Al Faisal, said: “We are excited to welcome motorsport fans here in Saudi Arabia. We will host the world’s biggest motorsports event (Formula 1) in December 2021; it will be a massive moment for us. His Royal Highness King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, and His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, continue to support general sports and motorsports notably.
“While this will be the first time Saudi Arabia hosts a Formula 1 Grand Prix, delivering such important international sports events confirms that the Kingdom can arrange these events to the highest standards for our fans and growing young population.”