Construction work is in full swing on the Formula 1’s fastest-ever street circuit, being readied at Jeddah Corniche for the inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix set for December.
The 27-corner Jeddah Corniche Circuit stretches to 6.175 km in length, making it the second longest circuit on the current F1 calendar behind the legendary Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps and the longest street circuit in the sport, stated said Saudi Motorsport Company (SMC), the promoter of the 2021 Saudi F1 Grand Prix.
To be run under floodlights, the Jeddah race could also feature three DRS zones (overtaking zones) to add even more excitement, said SMC.
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 322 km/h, it stated.
Scheduled to make its F1 debut from December 3 to 5, 2021, the 2021 Formula 1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix will mark its arrival in style with the newest circuit in the sport estimated to see drivers reach average speeds of 250 km/h, making it the fastest street circuit in the world – and in the top 5 fastest F1 circuits.
As the countdown begins for the biggest battle of the world’s top drivers at Jeddah, SMC gave a sneak peak into the state-of-the-art Pit and Team Building that will be the centrepiece of the Jeddah Corniche Circuit. It also unveiled images of the spectacular home to teams, drivers, staff and VIP guests alike during the inaugural F1 race weekend in the kingdom.
Designed by renowned Tilke GmbH architect Ulrich Merres, the 280-m-long, four-storey, cutting-edge structure takes the form of a composed landscape of multi-storey staggered buildings sitting splendidly alongside the main straight of the Jeddah Corniche Circuit, defined in its detail by straight and sleek lines.
Housing all team garages as well as the race control centre and the exclusive Paddock Club premium hospitality suites, the Pit and Team Building will provide guests with a magnificent view down on to the Pit Lane and starting grid where the most crucial moments of the racing action will occur when Formula 1 makes its debut in Jeddah for the penultimate round of the FIA Formula One World Championship.
Designed to fit harmoniously within the track and its surroundings, its architectural expression is equally inspired by its idyllic location on the banks of the Red Sea and the layout of the circuit.