Saudi Arabia Reveals Astonishing New Qiddiyah Formula 1 Circuit

Saudi Arabia has recently showcased a groundbreaking permanent Formula 1 circuit located in Qiddiya, promising an exhilarating experience for both racers and spectators.

Mark Phelan

By Mark Phelan
Published on March 7, 2024

Qiddiya Formula 1 Circuit, Saudi Arabian Grand Prix
Qiddiya Formula 1 Circuit, Saudi Arabian Grand Prix

Since its debut on the Formula 1 calendar in 2021, Saudi Arabia has hosted races at the fast-paced street circuit in Jeddah. However, the Kingdom has now shifted its focus towards an impressive, specially constructed track.

Situated as part of the ambitious Saudi Vision 2030 initiative, the track is located in the under-construction futuristic city of Qiddiya, roughly 45 km away from Riyadh.

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The 200mph anticlockwise circuit, designed by ex-F1 driver Alex Wurz and famed track designer Hermann Tilke, features 21 turns, and a mind-boggling elevation difference of 108 meters.

The FIA has awarded the new track with the prestigious Grade One certification, endorsing it as suitable for Formula 1 events.

Qiddiya Formula 1 Circuit, Saudi Arabian Grand Prix
Qiddiya Formula 1 Circuit, Saudi Arabian Grand Prix
Qiddiya Formula 1 Circuit, Saudi Arabian Grand Prix
Qiddiya Formula 1 Circuit, Saudi Arabian Grand Prix

The developers have unveiled eye-catching visuals of the track, with the standout feature being “The Blade,” a dramatically steep first corner that soars an impressive 70 meters high, equivalent to more than 20 floors.

Equipped with LED lighting, this architectural wonder sets a new standard in track design.

The Qiddiyah circuit is envisioned as a hybrid track, blending the enduring appeal and flexibility of a permanent track with the dynamic atmosphere of street racing.

The layout features high-speed straights and challenging turns, offering various configurations to ensure a continually engaging racing experience.

Abdullah Aldawood, Managing Director of the Qiddiyah Investment Company, commented:

“The Speed Park Track will be a true embodiment of Qiddiya’s power of play philosophy and position Qiddiya City as the home of Saudi motorsport and one of the world’s leading motorsport venues.

“Visitors and spectators will be treated to one of the most unique race experiences in the world with a pioneering track that will be ready to host some of the world’s biggest motorsport events.”

Another prominent feature will see traditional grandstands replaced by a more modern, immersive experience with “multiple vantage points and viewing terraces”.

Additionally, the complex will feature a concert hall and a Six Flags theme park rollercoaster, adding to its allure!

“The speed park track will be seamlessly blended in its environment and the very fabric of the city, with competitors taking turn one above a music venue, and racing Six Flag’s Falcon’s Flight, complete with retail, dining and hospitality offerings that ensure a unique experience for visitors where sports, entertainment and culture collide,” added Aldawood.

“It’s not just a venue; it’s the culmination of our efforts to position Qiddiya City at the centre of global motorsport.

“Our vision for the track extends beyond the thrill of racing – spectators will get to witness one of the most elevated and immersive race experiences in the world, reinventing the sport as we know it.

“Our aim is to provide an unparalleled immersive experience that fans far and wide can enjoy. Coupled with its state-of-the-art technology, the track’s unique versatility will ensure spectators can be treated with a ground-breaking motorsport experience unlike any other.

“This will allow visitors to enjoy complementary offerings on-site and extend their visit beyond the racing experience.”

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Mark Phelan
Mark Phelan

Mark is a staff writer specialising in the history of Formula 1 races. Mark researches most of our historic content from teams to drivers and races. He has followed Formula 1 since 1988, and admits to having a soft spot for British drivers from James Hunt and Nigel Mansell to Lando Norris. He loves a great F1 podcast and has read pretty much every drivers biography.

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