From 3-5 December F1 will head to the coastal metropolis of Jeddah for its first enterprise across the metropolis’s streets, on an anticlockwise format that’s set to be the championship’s quickest avenue circuit on the calendar with common speeds of as much as 250km/h.
The 6.174km course, which passes by Jeddah’s seafront Corniche, will make it the second longest circuit on the F1 calendar after Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium.
Whereas the sprawling format seemed quick on paper regardless of its 27 corners, Codemasters’ newest replace to F1 2021 has now given followers a primary correct style of what to anticipate on the newest addition to the F1 calendar.
Heading onto a flying lap it quickly turns into apparent why speeds are anticipated to soar. Regardless of its avenue circuit DNA the Jeddah monitor is blazingly quick, stuffed with lengthy straights and high-speed swoops which fashionable F1 vehicles can simply take flat out.
As will be seen on the onboard video, Flip 1 is a medium-speed chicane to kind out the pack firstly. It’s adopted by a mix of ultra-fast corners main onto the primary DRS straight.
The circuit then turns again on itself with a banked 180 diploma left-hander for extra flat-out kinks with blind approaches and barely any run-off areas.
Jeddah Road Circuit overview
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That is the place it turns into clear the monitor’s character is most paying homage to the Baku avenue circuit and specifically its quick closing sector; besides the Saudi monitor gives a full six kilometres of it.
The snaking again finish of the circuit would not characteristic a braking zone for over 30 seconds earlier than resulting in the ultimate hairpin, so anticipate chilly brakes to supply an extra problem to drivers and groups.
With the circuit’s lack of run-offs, the blind nature of its many corners and the truth that the race will probably be run at evening, it is clear to see why Jeddah might present loads of drama.
Add in its slot because the penultimate grand prix of 2021 amid a tense title struggle between Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Purple Bull’s Max Verstappen, and F1 could possibly be in for an explosive weekend.