The Jeddah Corniche Circuit[3] (Arabic: حلبة كورنيش جدة) is a 6.174 km (3.836 mi) motor racing circuit built in the Red Sea port city of Jeddah, in Saudi Arabia. The circuit staged the inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix on 5 December 2021 as the penultimate race on the 2021 Formula One season calendar.[4]

History

Named as the 'fastest street track' on the Formula One calendar with Formula One cars simulated to have average speeds in excess of 250 km/h (160 mph), the track is the second-longest track on the Formula One calendar, with only Spa-Francorchamps being longer.[5]

Additionally, three consecutive sections of the circuit have been marked out as potential DRS zones.[6]

The circuit is located on the Jeddah Corniche adjoining the Red Sea.[7] The circuit was designed by Carsten Tilke, son of the famed circuit designer, Hermann Tilke.[8]

On November 2022, Jeddah hosted the season finale of 2022 World Touring Car Cup and also the last race of WTCR history. Instead of the grand prix layout, shorter 3.450 km (2.144 mi) layout was configured for that race.[9]

Lap records

The official race lap records at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit are listed as:

Category Time Driver Vehicle Event
Grand Prix Circuit: 6.174 km (2021–present)
Formula One 1:30.734[10] Lewis Hamilton Mercedes-AMG W12 E Performance 2021 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix
FIA F2 1:43.098[11] Jack Doohan Dallara F2 2018 2022 Jeddah Formula 2 round
Porsche Carrera Cup 2:03.645[12] Bandar Alesayi Porsche 911 (992) GT3 Cup[13] 2021–2022 2nd Jeddah Porsche Sprint Challenge Middle East round
GT4 2:09.820[14] Freddy Fast Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport[13] 2021–2022 2nd Jeddah Porsche Sprint Challenge Middle East round
Short Circuit: 3.450 km (2022)
TCR Touring Car 1:16.986[15] Gilles Magnus Audi RS 3 LMS TCR (2021) 2022 WTCR Race of Saudi Arabia

References

  1. ^ Bashraheel, Aseel (29 October 2020). "Racing in the streets: Jeddah to host first Saudi F1 Grand Prix". Arab News. Retrieved 29 October 2020.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ "Fastest ever F1 street circuit revealed for Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in Jeddah". Formula1.com. 18 March 2021. Archived from the original on 8 June 2021. Retrieved 18 March 2021.
  3. ^ "Formula 1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix Showcases Jeddah Corniche Circuit to Media". Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. 25 July 2021. Archived from the original on 10 October 2021. Retrieved 10 October 2021.
  4. ^ "F1 schedule 2021: Formula 1 announces provisional 23-race calendar for 2021". Formula1.com. 10 November 2020. Archived from the original on 10 November 2020. Retrieved 10 November 2020.
  5. ^ "Fastest ever F1 street circuit revealed for Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in Jeddah". Formula1.com. 18 March 2021. Archived from the original on 8 June 2021. Retrieved 18 March 2021.
  6. ^ "Jeddah F1 Circuit". www.grandprixgulf.com. Retrieved 18 March 2022.
  7. ^ "F1 adds Saudi Arabian Grand Prix night race to 2021 calendar". Formula1.com. 5 November 2020. Archived from the original on 27 November 2020. Retrieved 5 November 2020.
  8. ^ Wilde, Jon (27 August 2021). "Jeddah to be 'one of the world's best circuits'". PlanetF1. Archived from the original on 29 October 2021. Retrieved 14 October 2021.
  9. ^ "WTCR All Set For A Middle Eastern Adventure As 2022 Calendar Is Completed". FIA WTCR | World Touring Car Cup. 1 September 2022. Retrieved 1 September 2022.
  10. ^ "Jeddah Corniche Circuit". Formula1.com. 5 December 2021. Retrieved 5 December 2021.
  11. ^ "2022 Jeddah FIA Formula 2 Race 2 Statistics". Motorsportstats. 27 March 2022. Retrieved 27 March 2022.
  12. ^ "2022 Porsche Sprint Challenge Middle East Jeddah Race 1 Final Classification" (PDF). Retrieved 30 March 2022.
  13. ^ a b "PSCME Porsche Racecars". Retrieved 9 December 2021.
  14. ^ "2022 Porsche Sprint Challenge Middle East Jeddah Race 2 Final Classification" (PDF). Retrieved 30 March 2022.
  15. ^ "WTCR 2022 » Jeddah Corniche Circuit Round 18 Results". TouringCars.Net. 27 November 2022. Retrieved 27 November 2022.