Jeddah

Location Jeddah Track Length 6.174 km Laps 50
Lap Record 1:30.734 LapRecordDriver L Hamilton (2021)

Jeddah Street Circuit F1 circuit guide

In 2021 Formula 1 made its first visit to the Arab nation of Saudi Arabia, giving the drivers a new night-time street circuit to master, and the sport will return there in 2022.

The plan is for the event to move to a new venue in the future, with the track to be built as part of a massive entertainment city in Qiddiya.

But for now, it is the streets of Jeddah that welcome Formula 1 to Saudi Arabia, with experienced Formula 1 track designer Hermann Tilke brought in to handle the design of the track which runs along the banks of the Red Sea.

Jeddah Street Circuit F1 circuit information

When the Jeddah Street Circuit was revealed, the first most striking detail was the number of corners - 27 in total!

Street tracks are not normally known for being fast, but Jeddah broke the trend by making speed its stand-out feature.

What this does then, is create one of the most challenging venues on the calendar for the drivers as they attack the tight but fast turns with speed and precision.

Given the speed of some sections and the blind nature of them, some drivers have had safety concerns about the layout.

Turn 1 - After the relatively short main straight arrives the first turn, a 90-degrees left.

Turn 2 - Dull the throttle again and into a tight right bend, but quickly on the power as the track opens up again.

Turn 3 - A slight left kink, full throttle all the way.

Turn 4 - After a short straight give it a dab of breaks to take this sharp left kink. With the barrier very close to the kerb, a misjudgement could mean session over.

Turn 5 - The track then immediately heads into a right bend, requiring the driver to switch across the track and hug the inside wall.

Turn 6 - The first of two left apexes.

Turn 7/8 - Turn 7 is a copy of Turn 6 with a left kink, as the track then sways back to the right for Turn 8.

Turn 9 - Another quick bend, but this one requires a slightly heavier application of the brakes.

Turn 10 - Power out through the following left bend of Turn 10.

Turn 11/12 - Among the slightest of right-to-left bends that you will see on the calendar. Easily flat out.

Turn 13 - On the power down the short straight and then into this very challenging left hairpin. Carry as much as speed as possible while hugging the inside kerb. Tyre health is crucial.

Turn 14 - An open bend to the right, take it at full throttle.

Turn 15 - Still full throttle into this left bend, but hit the brakes halfway through.

Turn 16 - That is in order to negotiate the right of Turn 16, but quickly back on the power.

Turn 17 - Floor the loud pedal through the left of Turn 17.

Turn 18 - A very slight right kink, full throttle.

Turn 19 - An even slighter adjustment of the steering wheel to the right, effectively a straight.

Turn 20 - Another full-throttle left.

Turn 21 - And a right with maximum power, the engines are working very hard by this stage.

Turn 22 - Now they get a little rest, down a few gears to take this left turn. Again the inside wall is perilously close to the kerb.

Turn 23/24 - A double-right bend, both sections taken at full power.

Turn 25 - A long and open left bend, still no need to step off the gas.

Turn 26 - Again pretty much like a straight, the most minor left turn of the steering wheel.

Turn 27 - And that leads into a heavy braking zone for this left hairpin, the final corner before drivers join the main straight. Get as tight as you dare to the inside wall.

Jeddah Street Circuit schedule: 2022 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix

Friday 25 March

Free practice 1: 5pm-6pm [2pm-3pm UK]
Free practice 2: 8pm-9pm [5pm-6pm UK]

Saturday 26 March

Free practice 3: 5pm-6pm [2pm-3pm UK]
Qualifying: 8pm [5pm UK]

Sunday 27 March

Race: 8pm [6pm UK]

Jeddah Street Circuit tickets: how to get them for the big race

The Formula 1 website ask fans to leave an email address on the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix tickets page so that they can be notified once they go on general sale.

The F1 Experiences page will have places in the Paddock Club for sale, located above the pit lane, and there will also be Legend passes available. They will include Paddock Club hospitality, a Paddock Club pitlane walk, one-day paddock access, podium ceremoney access and F1 Experiences rewards.

Motorsporttickets.com and grandprixevents.com are also well worth checking out for deals once their packages become available.

Jeddah Street Circuit ticket lowdown: things to note

The main grandstand is located opposite the pit straight, offering excellent views of the starting grid, finish line and pit-lane, as well as perhaps the best overtaking spot on the track, Turn 1.

The south grandstand meanwhile is smaller and at the start of the same straight, looking over the final corner of the lap.

Jeddah Street Circuit directions: how to get there

King Abdulaziz International Airport, the main Saudi Arabian airport, is located in Jeddah and so will be the closest one to the Jeddah Street Circuit.

Buses run frequently in and around Jeddah, while taxis are the most commonly used form of transport. Car hire is also widely available so fans should find it a breeze to travel around Jeddah.

Jeddah Street Circuit history, memorable races and past winners

Lewis Hamilton became the first-ever winner of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in 2021, prevailing in a race-long battle with Max Verstappen that featured plenty of drama.

Jeddah Street Circuit F1 circuit fastest lap

Hamilton was the fastest man on track on both Saturday and Sunday in 2021, doing a 1:27.511 to take pole position and a fastest lap of 1:30.734 on race day.

Jeddah Street Circuit F1 circuit: what the drivers say

Lewis Hamilton: "It's rapid, unbelievably quick. It really is incredibly fast, and [there's] a lot of grip as well. But really, if you can get the rhythm, it's beautiful to drive."

Valtteri Bottas: "It's quite hardcore, like it's pretty full gas and close to the walls and high speeds, but that's what we want. That's what we enjoy, and that gives you a bit of an adrenaline rush."

Carlos Sainz: "It's very different to anything I've driven before, to be honest. The intensity that this track gives you, and the thrill and the adrenaline, is something that I haven't lived a bit since my Macau days."