The inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix is a Formula One motor racing event that first takes place in 2021. The first edition of the race is set to be held at the Jeddah Street Circuit. A temporary street circuit bumped up with permanent sections along the Jeddah Corniche – the 30km coastal resort area. The race will be the second all-night race on the Formula One calendar, following the Singapore Grand Prix.
The speedway project was conceived by Test and Training International, a motorsports consultancy company, and announced in August 2019. With plans for a permanent motorsports complex to be built in the city of Qiddiya. Formula One driver Alexander Wurz headed the consultancy. The objective was to create a world-class racing circuit capable of hosting all FIA categories through to Formula One.
The Qiddiya race track was officially confirmed in 2020. Track designer Wurz unveiled the track design. The former Formula One drivers were brought in to test drive the layout on a racing simulator. The track is designed to FIA and FIM Grade 1 standards. Although at the time, Formula One had yet to comment on the possibility of a race.
Later the same year, the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix was shown on the first draft of the 2021 Formula One provisional calendar. The Formula One Commission presented this draft to teams at a Formula One Commission meeting held in October 2020. The draft calendar approved all 22 races from the original 2020 calendar and the addition of the Saudi Grand Prix. In November 2020, Jeddah was announced as the host for the inaugural edition of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. While hosting the event in collaboration with the Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle Federation. The Jeddah Street Circuit is located along the banks of the Red Sea.
It is considered as and has been called the ‘fastest street track’ on the Formula One circuit. With Formula One cars are simulated at average speeds exceeding 250 km/h (160 mph).
The track was designed by Hermann Tilke. It is also the second-longest track on the Formula One 2021 calendar. Running along the Jeddah Corniche adjoining the Red Sea, second only to Spa-Francorchamps.
With some permanent sections, the temporary street circuit will employ 30 kilometers of Corniches. Along the roads of the coastal resort area of Jeddah in ancient Saudi Arabian. The track designing process by the Tilke company and Formula 1’s own Motorsports team. They used Google Earth for their preliminary investigations into potential layouts.
Ross Brawn of F1 said they wanted to see a race circuit and not Mickey Mouse circuits. Not those old classical street circuits with 90-degree turns. Certainly, he wanted fast-sweeping circuits, circuits that will challenge the drivers, and the drivers are going to love this track.
When is this first Grand Prix scheduled?
The inaugural event of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix takes place in December 2021. When the race joins the other Middle Eastern editions of Bahrain and Abu Dhabi. If you have enjoyed those races, the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix takes action up a notch. With all the action taking place under floodlights at night.
Fast, really fast. The average speeds for the Jeddah Street Circuit are meant to be 252km/h. Even quicker than those at Silverstone, and second only to Monza, ‘The Temple of Speed’ on the 2021 calendar. In all probability, it will be the fastest street circuit ever seen in Formula 1.
The track also features the most number of corners on the 2021 calendar. Having 27 quick and sinuous bends as the drivers weave along the Jeddah waterfront.
As the event takes place at the beginning of the winter season. The Saudi Arabian Grand Prix promises a sun-soaked festival of Formula 1. Which is located along the idyllic stretches of the Kingdom’s coastline. The action on the track, too, should be stunning, as the drivers come to grips with the fast street track. Jeddah, too, will come alive as the hosts to its very first F1 race.
So, Plan your day at the race for the grandstand along with the banked Turn 13. It will be a prime spot for F1 fans.
Furthermore, the average speeds on the Jeddah Circuit will be such that any grandstand will give the visitors the thrilling view they came to see.