Formula One has released additional information about the street circuit that will host the inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix this year.
The Jeddah Street Circuit, which has been designed in collaboration with German engineer Hermann Tilke, will have 27 corners and will be the fastest street circuit in Formula One.
It will have an average speed of circa 250kph, making it one of the fastest of all circuits on the F1 calendar.
For comparison, Monza – the fastest F1 circuit – has an average speed of 264.4kph.
“Located in the Corniche area on the Red Sea, approximately 12km geographically north of Jeddah’s centre, the circuit will be 6.175km long, the second longest on the Formula 1 calendar, after Spa Francorchamps at 7.004km,” Formula One said in a statement released this morning.
F1 has also released an onboard simulation to give fans a closer look at the circuit.
Ross Brawn, Formula One’s managing director of motorsport, said: “It’s always very exciting to release the details of a new circuit and the Saudi Arabia Street Circuit is no exception.
“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.”
President of the Saudi Automobile & Motorsport Federation (SAMF) Prince Khalid Bin Sultan Al Faisal said the Kingdom is “looking forward to welcoming motorsport fans” and said hosting their inaugural F1 grand prix will be a “huge moment.”
Continuing, he said: “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.”
The 2021 Saudi Arabian GP is scheduled to take place on 5 December, and it will be a night race.