Jeddah expects to host F1 race till Qiddiya circuit is prepared in 2027
The organizers of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix anticipate to host the race in Jeddah till 2027, as work continues on a future Qiddiya circuit.
When the race was first dropped at Saudi Arabia, it was on a semi-permanent avenue observe — the Jeddah Corniche Circuit — to permit Formulation 1 to be held sooner than ready for the undertaking at Qiddiya to be prepared. Qiddya is a tourism mega-project close to Riyadh the place building began in 2019, however the racetrack side continues to be quite a few years away from being finalized so additional investments have been made in Jeddah.
Saudi Motorsport Firm CEO Martin Whitaker says the present circuit wanted to be tailored to make sure it stays appropriate for quite a few years, forward of internet hosting the second spherical of the 2023 season.
“It’s necessary that we future-proof the Jeddah observe and because of this we have now once more been working with the FIA and Formulation 1 to make sure that we have now a circuit that may enable us to stage the game in Jeddah whereas work begins on the observe in Qiddiya,” Whitaker mentioned.
“The Qiddiya automotive middle is being designed to guide the world in Formulation 1 circuit design and leisure. A novel and thrilling undertaking, Qiddiya shall be a location that everybody will need to go to however proper now and within the instant future the main target and eyes of the world shall be on Jeddah and the Purple Sea shoreline within the month of March.”
The Jeddah circuit is now additionally used for different racing and occasions together with FIA WTCR and a number of observe days, however has undergone sure adjustments to higher swimsuit the brand new F1 vehicles.
“We’ve labored intently with Formulation 1 and the FIA to make some small adjustments to the corners, basically to enhance sight-lines for the drivers. If you’re touring at 200mph and are simply a few inches from the bottom, having visibility for the subsequent part of the racetrack is essential,” Whitaker defined. “So at quite a few corners we have now moved the limitations again — in some instances so far as 5 to seven meters (16-23ft) — to assist with that ahead visibility. Whereas the drivers benefit from the problem of this observe, we perceive there are particular issues we are able to do to offer them extra confidence.
“Whereas the configuration of the observe is precisely the identical, we have now made slight revisions by tightening up the radius of Turns 21, 22 and 23 — the short left-right earlier than the again straight. The impression of that may cut back the pace into the nook by round 30-50km/h (19-31mph).
“We’ve additionally modified most of the curbs, however that is in keeping with what quite a few circuits worldwide are having to do. It’s primarily right down to the design of the brand new Formulation 1 vehicles, as their decrease experience peak means they don’t experience the curbs in addition to the earlier iteration of automobile. We’ve subsequently modified curb heights so they’re extra accommodating to the present F1 design.
“The opposite adjustments we have now made embody shifting the medical middle to a brand new location on the skin of Flip 27, which has improved entry and we now have a medical helicopter stationed on-site for a lot of the yr to serve the area people.
“We’re making some thrilling adjustments to the rostrum that we’re working by with Formulation 1 and the FIA which is designed to enhance the expertise for the followers. We’re constructing a brand new Formulation 1 Champions Membership suite on the pit entry finish of the paddock. On the different finish is our new services middle. We’ve additionally been finishing up extra remedial work to the paddock, Paddock Membership, and the general services.”