It’s fast and furious at Jeddah street track


Saudi Arabi F1 circuit unveiled Image: Formula 1 (Twitter)

It will literally be life on the fast lane – race cars racing down the street track in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) at breakneck speed. This will be the scene when the race drivers line up to compete at the inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix on December 5th, 2021. The race organizers have revealed that the drivers will be able to drive down at jet set speed in an ultra-fast circuit layout – one of the fastest street tracks in Formula 1 history.

‘Formula 1’ stated that running to 6.175 km with 27 corners, the Jeddah Street Circuit will be the second-longest on the calendar and one of the fastest too, with an average speed of over 250km/h predicted in simulations.

The Saudi Arabian Grand Prix is a Formula One motor race that is due to first take place in 2021. The inaugural edition of the race is set to be held in Jeddah on December 5th. The race is set to be the second full night race on the Formula One calendar, following the Singapore Grand Prix.

The Jeddah Street Circuit designed by Hermann Tilke (German racing driver), is a street circuit to be raced on December 5th, 2021 as the penultimate race on the Formula One season calendar. The circuit is due to stage the inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in 2021.

‘The Economic Times’ stated that largely using existing roads, and encircling a lagoon, the floodlit circuit will feature 27 corners with cars lapping at average speeds of 252.8kph, as per Formula One’s simulations. That would put it behind Italy’s Monza, the fastest of any circuit, but ahead of Britain’s Silverstone in terms of outright speed.

Formula One (also known as Formula 1 or F1) is the highest class of international auto racing for single-seater formula racing cars sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA). The World Drivers’ Championship, which became the FIA Formula One World Championship in 1981, has been one of the premier forms of racing around the world since its inaugural season in 1950. The word formula in the name refers to the set of rules to which all participants’ cars must conform. A Formula One season consists of a series of races, known as Grands Prix, which take place worldwide on purpose-built circuits and on closed public roads.

‘Formula 1’ added that located in Jeddah’s eyecatching Corniche area, approximately 12 km North of the City center, the Jeddah Street Circuit skirts the Red Sea and encircles a lagoon, and with three potential DRS zones and an evening start time, it should produce spectacular racing under floodlights.

Developed in close collaboration between Tilke GmbH & Co. KG and the Formula 1 Motorsport team led by Ross Brawn, the circuit is atypical of many street circuits in that it employs existing roads as much as possible yet remains fast flowing in character.

Exulted Ross Brawn, Formula 1 Managing Director, Motorsport, “It’s always very exciting to release the details of a new circuit and the Jeddah Street Circuit is no exception.”

Added Brawn, “We have worked 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 design brings out the best of a modern street circuit but also has fast-paced free-flowing areas that will create fast speeds and overtaking opportunities. The setting is incredible, on the Red Sea, and we can’t wait to see the cars on track in December.”

HRH Prince Khalid Bin Sultan Al Faisal, President, Saudi Automobile and Motorsport Federation (SAMF), added, “We are looking forward to welcoming motorsport fans to Saudi Arabia. December 2021 will be a huge moment, when we host the biggest event in Motorsports (Formula 1). This is a continuation of the endless support that sports in general, and Motorsport in particular, is receiving from His Royal Highness King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Prime Minister and His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.”

He added, “Even though this is the first time we will host a Formula 1 Grand Prix, delivering such important international events is further confirmation of the Kingdom’s ability to manage and organize these events to the highest standards for our fans and growing young population.”

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