Formula 1 is stepping into the unknown under the Arabian night sky as the brand-new Jeddah Corniche Circuit, on the spectacular shores of the Red Sea, provides the stage for the inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in 2021. Cars will travel at speeds of more than 320km/h on the world’s fastest street circuit, and there will be not one, not two, but three DRS zones. At 6.174km, the track is the second-longest on the 2021 calendar. It will also have the second-highest average speed of the season: at more than 250km/h, it is set to top Silverstone and only be bettered by Monza.
The Jeddah Corniche Circuit has no equal when it comes to the number of corners, however: a total of 27 make it the most of any circuit to feature in this year’s campaign – although many of the corners are flat-out kinks. The sequence of corners from Turn Four to Turn 10 creates a fast, flowing ‘S’ section which is sure to push driver and machine to the limit, while the banked Turn 13 hairpin will provide a thrilling sight for fans watching the action from the imposing grandstand that surrounds the corner.