F1 reveals “fastest ever street track” for Saudi Arabian Grand Prix · RaceFans

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Formula 1 has revealed the layout of the new track which will hold the first Saudi Arabian Grand Prix later this year.

The 6.175 kilometre Jeddah Street Circuit will be the longest street track used by F1 today, and the championship claims it will also be the fastest. The 27-turn track is estimated to be lapped at average speed of up to 250kph, indicated lap times will be less than 89 seconds.

The Baku City Circuit in Azerbaijan is currently F1’s fastest street circuit. The track record for its 20-turn, 6.003km layout stands at 1’40.495, an average speed of 215.043kph.

The layout could include as many as three DRS zones, and it up to 15 metres wide in places to encourage overtaking. In order to meet the minimum F1 race distance of 305 kilometres, 50 laps of the track will be required.

Formula 1 has worked with Tilke Gmbh on the design of the circuit. Motorsport director Ross Brawn said the circuit will “provides exciting wheel to wheel racing for our fans and challenges all of the drivers.

“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.”

Jeddah will host the penultimate round on the 2021 F1 calendar on December 5th. The track will also host the penultimate triple-header Formula 2 round the same weekend.

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