Jeddah: The world’s fastest street circuit is ready for the inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix on December 5. The Jeddah Corniche Circuit at 6.175km is the second-longest for the 2021 calendar, just a tad 800m shorter than Spa. Based on simulations, it requires 1m 27.9s to complete a lap in qualifying trim and 1m 33.8s in the 50-lap race.
It is a high G-load track with 4.9 lateral G’s and a high-stress driver circuit with several sweeping corners dotted around the 27-turn track. Of these, ‘Turn 13 hairpin’ banks at 12 degrees, three degrees sharper than Indianapolis’ and seven shy of Zandvoort turns.
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Simulations show the cars will reach top speeds of 322km/h, with a staggering average speed of 252.8km/h. The inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix will be a night event with a 6.175km floodlit circuit.
Set against the spectacular Jeddah Corniche, the Circuit sits along the Red Sea shore. The track has coral reefs to its west, stunning deserts to the north, and mountains to its east, 12km from the center of the country’s second-largest city.