The first ever Formula 1 Grand Prix will take place in Saudi Arabia next week. Three weeks ago, the images from the country were still a cause for concern, but the race organization has now released images that show great progress. The circuit appears to be ready for Formula 1, although the last dots have to be put on the i as far as the infrastructure is concerned.
The Jeddah Corniche Circuit, as it will be called in full, has no fewer than 27 turns and is 6,175 kilometers long. It is to be the ‘longest and fastest’ street circuit in the world and to ensure there is enough action to see, there will be three DRS zones and the race will be run under artificial lighting. The drivers will complete fifty laps of the circuit where the average speed is estimated at around 252 kilometers per hour. That’s faster than at Silverstone and only slightly slower than the average speed at Monza’s ‘speed stamp’.