For the first time since 1970, Formula 1 teams will be faced with two new circuits in a row, in the decisive phase of the championship. While the Grand Prix of Qatar was still an existing circuit and teams were able to prepare very well for it in the simulator, the drivers with the Jeddah Corniche Circuit really end up in unknown territory. In fact, a few weeks ago there were still concerns in the paddock. Would the circuit be finished in time or should the royal class work on a plan B? A week and a half before the race, that scenario has been averted and it is clear that the circuit will be ready in time for the first F1 race in Saudi Arabia.
But what exactly can the teams and drivers expect there? Koen Sniekers and Ronald Vording discuss the characteristics of this special track in a new and additional Formula 1 update. For example, the organization in Saudi Arabia has commissioned Tilke’s circuit designers to build the fastest and longest street circuit in the world. Sounds nice, but what do those blistering corners mean for overtaking opportunities and what are the points of the track to keep an eye on? It’s all covered in the video at the top of this page.
Of course, the question remains whether this atypical circuit in Jeddah is good for Mercedes or whether Red Bull Racing also has a chance. An analysis of the layout shows that Mercedes will undoubtedly start as a towering favorite, although Red Bull still sees opportunities for several reasons. Firstly, because all formations have very little knowledge and it will therefore come down more than usual on the execution and the set-up of teams. Secondly, Christian Horner thinks the top speed difference has been negated by the extra wing controls, but isn’t he happy with a dead sparrow as Mercedes is bringing the Brazil engine back from the stable for Lewis Hamilton? This and much more is covered in an inserted broadcast of the Formula 1 update, especially for the very first Grand Prix in which Max Verstappen can crown himself world champion.
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