In August 2019, plans for a permanent motorsports complex to be built in the city of Qiddiya were made public. The project was consulted and headed by former Formula One driver Alexander Wurz, with the objective of creating a world-class circuit capable of hosting all FIA categories through to Formula One. In January 2020, plans got officially confirmed at an event, where track designer Wurz, alongside current and former Formula One drivers who were given the opportunity to drive on the layout in a racing simulator. During the event, it was confirmed that the track was designed to FIA and FIM Grade 1 standards.
In October 2020 and during the Formula One commission meeting, the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix appeared on the first draft of the 2021 Formula One provisional calendar, in addition to all 22 races from the original 2020 calendar carried over, where The Jeddah race track located the at the banks of the red sea, was announced to be added to the calendar and host the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in collaboration with the Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle Federation.
Jeddah corniche circuit
The Jeddah Corniche Circuit is a planned racing track that is being built in the Red Sea port city of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia. The circuit is planned to host the first Saudi Arabian Grand Prix on 5 December 2021 as the penultimate race on the 2021 Formula One season schedule.
Known as the “fastest street track” on the Formula 1 calendar with average speed exceeds 250 km/h (160 mph) with the second longest track on the Formula 1 calendar, ranked second to Spa-Franco champs.
The circuit was designed by Hermann Tilke, and built on the Jeddah Corniche adjoining the Red Sea.
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Over an incredible weekend, the first Saudi Arabia Grand Prix will be the biggest and fastest motorsport celebration in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Throughout the weekend, there are plenty of exciting activities on and off the track, providing extraordinary experiences to keep all ages entertained. It’s time to get into the action. Show up curious and leave a fan.
Viewers experience Formula One for the first time, one of the things that surprised them the most was the overwhelming assault on their senses. From the smell of overheated disc brakes, burning rubber and high-octane fuel to the harsh whine of an 800-horsepower turbocharged engines flashing past 250 km/h.