Formula One will make its way to Saudi Arabia next weekend for the penultimate round of the 2021 season.
Following on from the Qatar Grand Prix, spectators could witness Max Verstappen take the title crown at the new Jeddah Circuit, but with the unfamiliarity of this track, it could once again be anyone’s game.
In the run-up to December 5, teams will be working to compare simulation data with that of the real thing in order to pinpoint the perfect strategy to bring home the win.
So here’s everything you need to know before the inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix:
Located in the Corniche area on the Red Sea, the Jeddah circuit will be 6.175km long, making it the second-longest on the Formula 1 calendar, after Spa Francorchamps at 7.004km.
The circuit will feature 27 corners with the potential for 3 DRS detection zones according to F1 officials.
Its intricate design will increase the ability to overtake and will allow teams to “close-up on cars in front”, making for some exciting on-track battles this December.
Ross Brawn, Formula 1 Managing Director Motorsport, says:
“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 average speeds are estimated to reach 250 km/h with high-speed esses and chicanes, as well as long fast-paced free-flowing areas.
The Jeddah Street Circuit will be the fastest street circuit to feature in Formula 1 as well as one of the fastest circuits on the Formula 1 calendar in general – with Monza holding the record of fastest at 264.4 km/h.
The inaugural race at the Jeddah Street Circuit will take place on December 5, 2021.
Teams will travel to Saudi Arabia that week, with Free Practice taking place as usual on Friday, followed by qualifying on Saturday.
As it stands, trial Saturday Sprint races are to take place across three weekends this season, however, officials have yet to confirm which circuits will take part, so the jury is still out.