October 16, 2021

New pictures reveal progress on Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah F1 circuit | RaceFans Round-up

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In the round-up: The Saudi Arabian Grand Prix promoters have revealed new images showing the extent of the construction work in Jeddah.

In brief

Progress continues at Jeddah circuit

With 50 days to go until the first Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, which will be the penultimate round of the world championship, the promoters have revealed new images of the Jeddah Corniche Circuit under construction in the country’s second-largest city.

The 27-turn, 6.175 kilometre circuit will be one of the longest F1 races on and is being billed as its fastest street track. The image above shows turn 26, which will be one of the quickest points on the track. It leads into the final corner, which drivers are expected to reach 322kph (200mph) before braking.

The track is fully floodlight and the race will be held at night under lights.

Jeddah Corniche Circuit construction work
Construction work on Jeddah’s Formula 1 track

Williams weak in intermediate conditions – Russell

George Russell, Williams, Istanbul Park, 2021
Damp tracks don’t suit Williams, says Russell

George Russell says the rain which has fallen in recent races has highlighted a weakness in the performance of his FW43B. The Williams driver said the car isn’t competitive in intermediate weather conditions.

“If you push too much, the wear of the tyre increases and then when you get to the wetter parts of the track you just don’t have grip,” Russell explained after Sunday’s Turkish Grand Prix. “But when we came back out with new tyres on they didn’t really seem to switch on either.

“The tread’s so much more [that] on drier parts of the track they weren’t suitable either. You’re threading the needed. It’s been twice now we’ve been in these conditions, we’ve struggled both times.

“We normally excel when it’s either wet conditions or slicks than damp conditions. This intermediate phase we need to have a bit of a think about.”

Fry joins ex-McLaren Group company

Former Mercedes F1 CEO Nick Fry has joined technology company McLaren Applied. Until August, when it was sold to Greybull Capital, the company was part of the McLaren Group along with the F1 team. RaceFans understands McLaren Applied is planning a change of name.

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