The inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix will take place on the sport’s fastest street circuit, insists Formula 1.
The track will be on the coast about seven miles north of Jeddah and will be the second-longest on the F1 calendar, at 6.175km. Simulations imply that the average lap speed will be 155mph, amongst the highest on any F1 track.
F1 managing director Ross Brawn stated the track should “provide exciting wheel-to-wheel racing for our fans”. He added: “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.”
The race weekend is scheduled for 3-5 December, and the circuit will have 27 corners and a combination of high-speed S-bends and chicanes.
The track will host the race in the Kingdom until a new purpose-built track is ready in Qiddiyah, slated for 2023.