By Anas Alyusuf
JEDDAH – The Jeddah Corniche Circuit is considered the most “sacred” racing circuit in Formula 1 Grand Prix history, an official has said.
Hisham Atiyyah, project manager and architect who worked on Jeddah’s Corniche circuit, told Saudi Gazette that Formula 1’s holiest race track takes its name from three mosques, including the floating Al-Masjid Mosque. Rahma in the Red Sea, adjacent to the circuit. .
At the northern end of the circuit, the Al-Rahma Mosque, which sits on stilts and appears to float on water, has become a famous landmark of the Formula 1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix stc.
Jeddah’s Corniche Circuit, the fastest street circuit on the Formula 1 calendar with an expanded racing track and barriers, will give more visibility to motorsport fans during the weekend’s event.
Atiyyah explained the detailed changes to the Jeddah street circuit ahead of this weekend’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
F1 drivers were widely enthusiastic about the Kingdom’s new site when they first visited the country last December.
Detailed changes made by the FIA to the Jeddah Corniche circuit include:
The left side barriers of turns 2 and 3 have been moved back to improve visibility from turn 2 to turn 4.
The barriers at the top of Turn 14 and Turn 21 have been moved back 1.5m.
A smooth face has been added to the concrete barriers at the top of turns 4, 16, 22 and 24.
At turn 27, the track was widened to 12m.
Revisions to the Jeddah circuit will lead to even faster lap times for this year’s race, showcasing a driver’s judgment and precision around the 6.174km course lined with concrete walls.
As far as DRS is concerned, there have been no changes since the first race last year, with drivers relying on their drag reduction system in the same three areas, namely at the exits of Turns 19, 25 and 27. — SG