The Saudi Automobile & Motorcycle Federation (SAMF) - Promoter of the 2021 Formula 1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix – was delighted to welcome a selection of the region’s key sports, news & lifestyle media to the site of the Jeddah Corniche Circuit, as the newest venue on the F1 calendar nears completion ahead of the inaugural F1 race weekend in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia later this year.
With just 5 months until the greatest drivers in the world land in Jeddah for the first ever 2021 FORMULA 1 SAUDI ARABIAN GRAND PRIX, the lucky group of media were treated to an exclusive tour of the newest track in F1 – idyllically located on the banks of the stunning Red Sea - by HRH Prince Khalid Bin Sultan Al Abdullah Al Faisal, Chairman of the Saudi Automobile & Motorcycle Federation (SAMF).
Featuring no less than 27 corners, the Jeddah Corniche Circuit stretches to 6.175km in length, making it the longest street circuit in the sport. Moreover, with average speeds expected to reach at least 250km/h, the newest addition to the pinnacle of motorsport is due to establish itself as the fastest street circuit on the planet and in the top 5 fastest F1 circuits altogether.
During the tour, media were given exclusive access to the various sectors of the Jeddah Corniche Circuit that already mark it out as the most hotly anticipated new track on the F1 calendar, including the site of the futuristic 280m-long, four-storey, cutting-edge Pit Building - due to be finalised by October - that will become one of the most unique and innovative structures of its kind, guaranteeing spectacular views of the racing action as well as of the breathtaking Jeddah waterfront.
Furthermore, media were able to inspect the spectacular 12-degree bank at Turn 13 that is currently under construction, providing a tantalising glimpse of the near-future when the likes of Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen will take on this remarkable section of the track in their battle for F1 supremacy. They also got to examine progress at the rapid, DRS-enabled, sweeping stretch that follows the exit from T23, where cars are expected to hit speeds of 322km/h as they head into the crucial final turn of the lap (T27), as well as the beautiful, state-of-the-art Media Island, where the world's press will cover the race from and which looks directly on to this spectacular high-speed section of the circuit.
Developed in partnership by Tilke Engineers and F1’s own Motorsports Division, the circuit design has made strong use of the long, sweeping roads along the Corniche area, utilising this feature and existing roads as much as possible along the narrow stretch of coastal land, resulting in one of the most unique and challenging circuits yet to feature in Formula 1.
An atypical street circuit, fast flowing with high speed esses and chicanes as well as long full throttle sections, the Jeddah Corniche Circuit is designed to deliver spectacular racing and is sure to generate huge excitement for F1 fans around the world and pose a stern examination of the drivers' strength and skills.
Speaking after the tour, HRH Prince Khalid Bin Sultan Al Abdullah Al Faisal, Chairman of the Saudi Automobile & Motorcycle Federation (SAMF) said: “We were delighted to invite our friends from the media to the site of the newest street circuit in Formula 1 to witness for themselves the progress that has been made since we first broke ground in March. It is incredibly exciting to consider that in 5 months we will see the greatest drivers in the world race here under the lights on what will become the fastest street circuit on the planet.
It is my sincere hope that this tour has enabled our media guests to see just how much combined effort and planning from our highly educated, talented and diverse workforce is going into the construction of this world-class racing venue and that it will help them experience the same level of anticipation and excitement as we are ahead of the arrival of the pinnacle of motorsport in Jeddah in a few months’ time.
This modern, exhilarating and high-speed circuit stands as a physical representation of the goals we have set for ourselves as part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 programme that aims to build a better country, fulfil our nation’s dream of prosperity and unlock the talent, potential, and dedication of our young men and women.
We can’t wait to see this magnificent track come to life to the beautiful sound of roaring engines and passionate fans in December.”
Tickets for the 2021 Formula 1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix will be going on sale shortly, with the event set to be a truly unforgettable experience for all attendees. Ticket holders will be treated to a weekend of awe-inspiring racing action on track as well as 3 days of non-stop entertainment and live music experiences off-track.