Hitting the Apex: Jeddah Corniche Circuit

It’s Jeddah Race Week! Read on to know everything you need to know about the Jeddah Corniche Circuit.

Written by Mees Drijgers

March 6, 2024

The Jeddah Corniche Circuit, located in the coastal Cornice area and overlooking the Red Sea, joined the Formula 1 calendar as the penultimate round of the 2021 F1 season. It was designed by the Tilke company, more specifically by Carston Tilke, together with Formula 1’s own Motorsports team led by Ross Brawn, who used Google Earth to scout out the area available to them and discuss potential layouts.

Photo via @jeddah_corniche on Instagram


Jeddah Corniche will be the longest street circuit on the 2024 calendar, and the second-longest in general, with only Spa-Francorchamps narrowly beating it. The circuit was described as “the fastest street circuit on the calendar” in March 2021, as the Autodromo Nazionale Monza would be the only circuit to have faster topspeeds. Together with Bahrain, Abu Dhabi, Singapore, and Las Vegas, it will be one of 5 races this year that will take place under flood lights. Just like the Bahrain Grand Prix, instead of following the usual weekend format, the Grand Prix will be held on a Saturday instead of a Sunday

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Track distance: 6.174 km / 3.837 miles
  • DRS zones: 3
  • Corners: 27
  • Elevation: n/a
  • Laps: 50
  • Race lap record: 1:30.734 Lewis Hamilton (2021)
  • Direction: anti-clockwise
  • Night race

Photo via @F1 on Twitter

 

 

According to F1.com, the Jeddah configuration for this year is as follows:

 

PREVIOUS TYRE COMPOUNDS

  • Selected compounds in 2023: C4 (soft) C3 (medium) C2 (hard)

  • Selected compounds in 2022: C4 (soft) C3 (medium) C2 (hard)

The Jeddah Corniche Circuit joined the calendar as the penultimate round of the 2021 season. During the 2022, 2023, and 2024 season it was the 2nd round of the season, forming a double header with Bahrain in 2022 and 2024. The track is set to potentially host the opening round of at least a few seasons the coming years, taking the fact Ramadan will take place around the same time as the Grand Prix into account.

 

For the 2023 season, some changes to the track were made. The changes include tweaks to the kerbs and rumble lines, reprofiling at Turn 22 and Turn 23, and shifting of some of the walls, most specifically in Turns 14 and 20, to improve visibility. These changes were made to improve the safety of drivers on track, and to deliver more exciting racing.

Photo via @alfaromeostake on Instagram

 

As the circuit is rather new,  the record for most race wins at the circuit is currently shared between three drivers: Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen, and Sergio Perez. Red Bull is the most successful constructor at the track, with 2 victories.

 

PREVIOUS WINNERS

  • 2023 Sergio Perez
  • 2022 Max Verstappen
  • 2021 Lewis Hamilton

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mees was introduced to the world of F1 by one of her friends in July 2020 and hasn’t missed a race weekend since. Her favourite drivers are Alex Albon, Lewis Hamilton, Oscar Piastri, and George Russell; outside of F1, she also actively supports Liam Lawson and Callum Ilott. She specialises in writing about F2, but is looking to specialise in FE and IndyCar as well, after starting to watch both series in 2022. After getting her Bachelor’s degree in English Language and Culture, she is currently getting MA degrees in Translation and English Literature & Culture. When she’s not watching motorsport, she’s either watching football matches (preferably Real Madrid), reading a book, or watching streams on Twitch.

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