Formula 1 has released the first details of the Jeddah street circuit, which will host the first-ever Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in December.
The circuit will feature 27 corners, the most of any event on the 2021 F1 calendar, and has the potential to include three DRS zones – although many of the corners will likely be taken flat, so will feel more like straights for the drivers.
At 6.17 kilometres long, Jeddah will be the second longest track on this year’s race calendar, behind Spa Francorchamps at 7 kilometres.
Simulations show average speeds should be around 250km/h, making it the fastest street circuit in F1 and among the fastest overall. Currently, Monza holds that distinction, at 264.4km/h.
The sport’s management say the layout, which was designed in collaboration with famed circuit designers Tilke, will allow for more overtaking opportunities and wheel-to-wheel racing than is typically seen at other street circuit events.
Formula 1 has released an onboard video simulation of the circuit, which will be located 7.5 miles north of Jeddah city centre.
“It’s always very exciting to release the details of a new circuit and the Saudi Arabia street circuit is no exception,” F1 motorsport director Ross Brawn said. “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 setting is incredible, on the Red Sea, and we can’t wait to see the cars on the track in December.”