Here’s the Jeddah street circuit

F1 has revealed the new street circuit located in Jeddah’s Corniche district on the Red Sea, approximately 12km north of the city centre, on the country’s west coast. The locals hope that a spectacular coastal backdrop and a night race will provide an exciting new event for F1 fans – if they are allowed to attend.

Developed in partnership by Tilke Engineers and F1’s own motorsports division, the circuit design uses the long, sweeping roads along the Corniche, using existing roads as much as possible. An atypical street circuit with fast flowing with high speed esses and chicanes as well as long full throttle sections, the Jeddah Street Circuit is designed to deliver spectacular racing.

46 thoughts on “Here’s the Jeddah street circuit

  1. “the Jeddah Street Circuit is designed to deliver spectacular racing”

    And if it doesn’t … well … this is Saudi Arabia.

    1. 3 I can see maximum. One is thanks to DRS. So it’s dreadful again, with all the left-right-left stuff that doesn’t allow any passing at all.

  2. Joe, have you become the latest PR mouthpiece from F1? 🙂

    “Developed in partnership by Tilke Engineers and F1’s own motorsports division, the circuit design uses the long, sweeping roads along the Corniche, using existing roads as much as possible. An atypical street circuit with fast flowing with high speed esses and chicanes as well as long full throttle sections, the Jeddah Street Circuit is designed to deliver spectacular racing.”

    I hope the views are spectacular, because there’s only one overtaking spot at Turn 1, and maybe Turn 3. The sweeping curves would need to have low grip surfaces to generate any action.

  3. Moving the start back towards the last turn and move the finish near to turn one, then we could have an exciting long drag race start and possibly a long slipstream passing opportunity at the finish.

  4. But again, with memories fresh of the Grosjean crash, are the safety standards of design in run-offs, barriers, etc as good as, or better than a permanent circuit.

    As a new street/temporary circuit it shouldn’t be excused those requirements if FIA is truly dedicated to safety.

  5. Looks like it’ll be as flat as a pancake. 😦
    And loads of fast flowing curves often means cars can’t follow. So I remain to be convinced that it’ll lead to close racing and lots of overtaking.

  6. Typo…
    A Typical street circuit (Tilkedrom) with fast flowing with high speed esses and chicanes as well as long full throttle sections.

    These are non-permant circuits. Street circuits are Monaco, Long beach,Macao…not many.

  7. For me….. any great track has to have one spot where overtaking is readily possible. I am not sure this meets that criteria but I will reserve final judgement until they race there.

  8. No overtaking then.

    Why don’t we get something similar to the Bahrain ‘Club’ Circuit. 1.5 mile long, 120 laps, 3 overtaking opportunities per lap.
    Last year in Bahrain it was just non-stop action – and the frequency that cars passed the pits and how quickly a car could lap really seemed to ‘throw’ the pit crews off their game. Great.

  9. What a character less Tilke trasvesti of a street circuit. F1 seems to continue its self destroying path.

    @Mr. Saward. It’d be great if you stop filtering opinions you don’t agree with. It fits the censorship definition. We should try to improve f1 not agree and support any bad decision they take. The product loses value, you lose value. Only winner are the shareholders (?)

  10. They should not be going to Saudi Arabia, just like the murderous South African government did in the 1980’s, the murderous And human rights violating Saudi’s are doing the same with rally raid, Formula Vacuum Cleaner and now Formula 1 to promote the country despite how the local population are treated.

    Lewis Hamilton has an interesting dilemma. Do Brown Lives Matter? People get stoned for adultery, not defined by norms but by religious fundamentalism. Journalists get kidnapped and killed.

    1. Murderous South African government?!
      As compared to what is going on there now?

      Don’t spew nonsense when you assume you know something, as clearly you don’t.

      1. 6 people hung at Pretoria Central for no crime committed in the civilised world on the Thursday before the qualifying for the 1985 race. Over 800 people hung in 9 years mostly on evidence that was not to international standards, 5 young children murdered in cold blood by the SADF under orders from Mobil Piss Prize winner, FW de Klerk in 1993.

        How many examples would you like? I know a huge amount, I’ve even unwittingly met SAP murderers from John Vorster Square.

        You carry on living in that wonderful suburb, called Ignorance and wonder why the country is in the mess it is, when people live in complete ignorance of the past. Of course it all started 60 years ago today at Sharpville. Happy Human Rights Day.

      2. Steve Biko
        Maptletha Mhapi
        Looksmart Ngudle
        Suleiman Salooje
        Neil Aggett
        Victoria Mxhlengle
        Griffith’s Mxhlengle

        The Civil Cooperation Bureau
        Funding Inkatha
        The 3rd force using state owned weapons
        Vlakplaas

        P.W. Botha’s National Management System
        State Security Council

        The SA Police bombing the HQ of the SA Council of Churches

        1. Someone likes to view history through revisionist blinkers?!
          Next you’ll probably claim Mandela wasn’t a terrorist.
          ANC was decent and had admirable goals when it was led by religious leaders (up to late 50s to 60s) until the Marxists and Communists demanded quick action.
          I’m not defending Apartheid and certainly not the wrongs that were done but I’m also not blinkered with my head in the sand to thinking all is and was rosy. The world’s hypocrisy is astonishing when it comes to politically correctness.
          Do you feel just as strongly about the thousands of blacks killed by other blacks for supposedly being traitors (or different tribe)? Some dying horrific deaths like necklacing?
          Furthermore, who and what instigated Sharpeville and what preceded that awful event?

          1. You asked for examples of the murderous South African government that you implied was a paragon of honesty. When examples are given you call it revisionist. The only thing revisionist is that the truth came out much later. Steve Biko did not die in a hunger strike, Mapetla Mohapi did not hang himself, the 3rd force was funded by NP government. There were no APLA members at the house in Mthatha, only youths.

            Mandela was in prison for leaving the country without a passport when every single act he was convicted of happened. Is that justice, changing the burden of proof?

            Sharpeville was a protest about, like Jews in Germany before World War 2, having to carry a dompas in your own country because the government decided you were not human enough to live without being discriminated against.

            🇿🇦 Is not perfect today, but it will never progress while people decide based on their level of brainwashing just how bad apartheid was.

            I still find it hard to believe the national party ever won power as no-one admits voting for them.

            1. I didn’t imply anything but clearly you have trouble with comprehension… or just choose to focus on one windmill. Cheerio Don, keep charging at your windmill.

              1. Murderous South African government?!
                As compared to what is going on there now?

                Where I compared the murderous South African government to the murderous Saudi government you said compared to what’s going on there now. It’s a little hard not to comprehend that you are implying that the current 🇿🇦 government is murderous. You could have used Marikana as your sole example, but instead you spew your brain washed bile with a lack of any understanding of facts. Like in the 50’s and 60’s the ANC President was Chief Albert Lithuli. He who had his hereditary title removed by the South African government and died in mysterious circumstances, he was followed by Oliver Tambo who was not a communist and then Nelson Mandela who was not a communist. Thabo Mbeki who followed Mandela was in his early years a communist, before Luthuli was Doctor Xuma. Now Tambo was a devout Anglican, but that did not define him.

                Whatever looking at Windmills means, it will always trump (not the Donald) ignorance.

                Interesting you never dispute any of the facts.

          2. Do you feel just as strongly about the thousands of blacks killed by other blacks for supposedly being traitors (or different tribe)?

            What about World War 1 and World War 2, they were tribal wars or how say the French Resistance dealt with Nazi’s collaborators

  11. Greetings! To me, this track will deliver amazing qualifying, not so sure about the race though…it seems there are arguably 3 overtaking spots (turns 1, 13 and 27), but it won´t be easy for the drivers. Also, those fast-flowing esses look potentially dangerous, having the barriers right there along the tarmac. I hope they have a good infrastructure to remove cars from the track, in case of incident. Anyways, I´m curious but not amazed by this track layout. What´s your opinion?
    Thanks for the great work and keep safe!

  12. But circuits with fast, flowing corners one after the other never offer ‘spectacular racing’ in those sections. Every time I see that Hermann Tilke is involved in a circuit design my heart drops.

    1. “as everybody knows – its horrible to walk for miles with sand between your toes” – Cicely Courtneidge – Ali Baba’s Camel (1931)

  13. At a first glance it reminded Montreal street circuit, which has a relatively high average lap speed.

  14. It looks like it will deliver the exact opposite of ‘spectacular racing’. Why do they continue to create tracks that deliver dull races with little or no overtaking.

  15. I guess that given the way the Saudis dealt with Jamal Khassogi it would take a particularly brave journalist to be direct about the human rights abuses well documented for many years in Saudi Arabia. I don’t understand how events like this can be supported. There is no amount of money that could persuade me to support anything involved with this regime. Clearly money means more than human rights or moral standards when it comes to International sport such as F1.

    1. Adam, not International Sport such as F1, just international sport.

      Sadly. I lived under a sports boycott I could not understand (as I was too young). Now that I understand what it was about, it should have been much earlier as this was a driver of change. A small driver, but you won’t break a camel’s back with a single piece of straw

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