With the first ever Saudi Arabian Grand Prix just under five months away, key regional and domestic media representatives were given an exclusive tour of the Jeddah Corniche circuit, soon to be the fastest and longest street circuit on the Formula 1 calendar.
Promoters of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix the Saudi Automobile & Motorcycle Federation, welcomed a selection of sports and leisure media to the circuit which is located on the banks of the Red Sea. The tour was led by HRH Prince Khalid Bin Sultan Al Abdullah Al Faisal, Chairman of the Saudi Automobile & Motorcycle Federation
The circuit which stretches 6.175km and consists of a challenging twenty-seven corners, will see drivers average 250km/h on what will become not only the fastest street circuit on the calendar but one of the fastest circuits altogether.
The media were shown various sectors of the circuit including the four-story futuristic looking Pit-Building which is set to be complete by October. Not only this but the media were shown the impressive twelve degree banking on turn thirteen and also the main DRS section of the track, where speeds of 322km/h are expected.
The circuit has been built and designed by both Tilke Engineers and Formula 1’s very own Motorsports Division. HRH Prince Khalid Bin Sultan Al Abdullah Al Faisal spoke after the tour of his excitement for the grand prix in December.
“We were delighted to invite our friends from the media to the site of the newest street circuit in Formula 1 to witness for themselves the progress that has been made since we first broke ground in March. It is incredibly exciting to consider that in 5 months we will see the greatest drivers in the world race here under the lights on what will become the fastest street circuit on the planet.
“It is my sincere hope that this tour has enabled our media guests to see just how much combined effort and planning from our highly educated, talented and diverse workforce is going into the construction of this world-class racing venue and that it will help them experience the same level of anticipation and excitement as we are ahead of the arrival of the pinnacle of motorsport in Jeddah in a few months’ time.
“This modern, exhilarating and high-speed circuit stands as a physical representation of the goals we have set for ourselves as part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 programme that aims to build a better country, fulfil our nation’s dream of prosperity and unlock the talent, potential, and dedication of our young men and women. We can’t wait to see this magnificent track come to life to the beautiful sound of roaring engines and passionate fans in December.”