Saudi Arabia GP has shared information of re-profiling of few corners of Jeddah circuit for 2023 F1 season.
Ever since the debut of the Jeddah Corniche Circuit that has hosted the Saudi Arabia GP, the track has seen some changes on safety grounds. The fast flowing circuit became a talking point in 2021 especially due to some of the incidents.
Changes were made for 2022 but the safety point continued to be the hot topic of dicussion. With the circuit to stay on the calendar longer while work on Qiddiya continues, the 2023 race will see further changes at Jeddah for the March 17-19 event.
In a release, the organisers of Saudi Arabia GP has revealed changes at Turn 1 and Turn 20, where they have pushed back the fencers and opened up the corner a bit more for the drivers to get more space and viewing of any approaching cars.
The wall at Turn 14 has been pushed back by 7.5m, while at Turn 20 it has been pushed back by 5m. Similarly, the walls at Turn 8 and Turn 10 have been pushed back too for better viewing especially when drivers are on a slow down lap.
Additionally, bevelled kerbs has been added at Turns 4, 8, 10, 11, 17 and 23, while new ‘rumble lines’ have been placed at Turns 3, 14, 19, 20 and 21 to deter drivers from running wide and slow them down.
Aside these smaller changes, the biggest changes has come at Turn 22 and Turn 23 where the high-speed left-right sequence has seen fence adjustment and addition of bevelled kerb in order to reduce speeds.
“The evolution of the Jeddah Corniche Circuit continues apace and we are excited to add these further tweaks to our magnificent track as a result of positive consultation with the FIA, F1 and the drivers,” said Martin Whitaker, chief executive of the Saudi Motorsport Company.
“The previous two races here in Jeddah have already confirmed the JCC as the world’s fastest and most exciting street circuit and these new developments will only add to the spectacle that fans can expect to see next March when F1 returns to our city. It is vital for any circuit to listen and learn from those racing on it and use their feedback to grow and improve at all times.
“We are confident these changes will lead to even faster, more exciting and – crucially – safe racing and we can’t wait to see the world’s greatest drivers battle it out here under the lights again in 2023.”
— Saudi Arabian GP (@SaudiArabianGP) November 28, 2022