F1 countdown begins: The progress of the first KSA GP is on track
The street circuit is taking shape…
It’s now less than five months until the inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in Jeddah on December 3-5.
Work on the Jeddah Circuit is on target as preparations are stepped up for the event, and the race organisers have revealed photographs and renderings of the new Jeddah track.
Below is a taste of what’s to come…
Construction on the project includes major structures, with the framework for the pit and paddock areas going up.
The circuit is located within Jeddah’s Corniche area on the Red Sea, 12 kilometres north of the city centre.
At 6.175 kilometres in length and with 27 corners, the Jeddah Circuit will be the second-longest on the Grand Prix calendar and one of the fastest, with an average speed of over 250km/h predicted in simulations.
Scheduled to be run under floodlights, the race in Jeddah could also feature three DRS zones to add even more excitement.
A key part of that high-speed layout will be Turn 13, banked at 12-degrees, plus the stretch from Turn 23 to Turn 27 that will see drivers hit 322km/h.
New photographs of the circuit also show the state-of-the-art media centre, and the stunning pit and team building. The pit building will offer views of both the track and the Jeddah waterfront, with the circuit being finely designed around the city’s corniche.
Designed by renowned Tilke architect, Ulrich Merres, the 280-metre-long, four-storey, cutting-edge structure takes the form of a composed landscape of multi-storey staggered buildings.
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The facility, due to be completed by October, will house all team garages. It will also feature the race control centre and the exclusive Paddock Club premium hospitality suites, providing guests with a magnificent view down onto the pit lane and starting grid.
This night event sits as the penultimate race of the 2021 season, forming part of a Middle Eastern double-header alongside the curtain-closing Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Tickets for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix will be on sale shortly, with the event also set to include live music over three days of the Grand Prix action. Watch this space for more details.