Poll: Saudi Arabian Grand Prix 2021, Jeddah - Race 21

Rate the 2021 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix out of ten


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Jeddah
When was the track built?
The Jeddah Corniche Circuit is, you won’t be surprised to hear, a temporary street circuit (albeit adorned with some permanent sections), located on the Corniche – a 30km coastal resort area of the ancient Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah. Designed by the Tilke company, in conjunction with Formula 1’s own Motorsports team – who used Google Earth for their initial investigations into potential layouts – F1’s Ross Brawn said of the track: “What we want to see is a race circuit. We don’t want Mickey Mouse circuits. We don’t want those old classic street circuits with 90 degree turns. We want fast sweeping circuits, circuits which are going to challenge the drivers – and they are going to love it.”

When was its first Grand Prix?
The inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix takes place in 2021, the race joining its Middle Eastern counterparts in Bahrain and Abu Dhabi – while like those races, the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix will also take place under floodlights.

What's the circuit like?
Fast. Very fast. Average speeds around the Jeddah Corniche Circuit are set to be 252km/h – quicker than those at Silverstone, and second on the 2021 calendar only to Monza – aka ‘The Temple of Speed’. It will, quite simply, be the fastest street circuit ever seen in Formula 1 – while the track will also feature the most corners on the 2021 calendar with 27, many of them quick, sinuous bends as the drivers wend their way along the Jeddah waterfront.


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Sat - Quali Highlights 8.40pm
Sun - Race Highlights 10pm

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Any track that has 3x DRS zones and a 1st sector with that many twisties has me suspicious.
 
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This track is going to go one of two ways. Either it's great or utter poo.

Big speed, much power.
 
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That last sector down to the final hairpin with the DRS zone approaching it looks interesting, especially with the DRS detection point being right at the end of the previous DRS zone.
 
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Cheers @Shimmy.

Excited to see what this race does for the two championships!

Think I read somewhere that about 70% of the lap is WOT which in theory should benefit the Mercedes and Hamilton's Brazil engine.

Also read somewhere that Redbull are trying to tweak their engine for more performance, so it could be a close battle.
 
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Cheers @Shimmy.

Excited to see what this race does for the two championships!

Think I read somewhere that about 70% of the lap is WOT which in theory should benefit the Mercedes and Hamilton's Brazil engine.

Also read somewhere that Redbull are trying to tweak their engine for more performance, so it could be a close battle.
Unless it breaks the Brazil engine which seems to be specced at minimum survivability...
 
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Unless it breaks the Brazil engine which seems to be specced at minimum survivability...
Indeed.

I would hate for the championship to be decided on reliability, but I guess that's the risk you take when you're pushing everything to the absolute limit.
 
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Just tried this on the f1 game, well its different, lots of not straights. I would have thought difficult to overtake but who knows there is at least one straight followed by a hairpin.
 
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Safety cars could wreck strategies and erase advantages very quickly round here so it's wide open really. Mercedes have to be aggressive. They can't leave anything on the table. It would be better to be aggressive in this race whilst having to be weaker in the last as Hamilton simply has to win to at least place it in their hands as being possible.
 
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First DRS zone looks pointless IMO
As soon as it ends, they hit the detection zone for the second one. It's setting them up for that which in turn sets them up for an overtake into the final corner or down the main straight where the third zone is.
 
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I'm guessing RB will have their skinny wing out. Earlier in the year they were somewhat faster than Merc in a straight-line, and we know the Honda engine is no slouch. It also seems to hardly degrade (lose hp) compared to the Mercedes one, so it should be interesting.

Can see the Mercs overheating and running into other issues if they don't get out ahead.
 
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I think the RB is going to be quicker than the mercs round here by some margin.
No chance. The circuit is front end limited which suits the merc.

Plus Hamilton will have the rocket engine from Brazil. I expect him to be easily 0.4s ahead for pole.

The bigger question is, will Bottas be able to play rear gunner or will he end up languishing in P8.
 

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Track guide posted on the Merc channel.

 
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