Saudi Arabia’s planned Qiddiya circuit targeting future F1 race

Saudi Arabia has unveiled the track plans for a circuit at its Qiddiya development, and the project is targeting a future Formula 1 race.

The Jeddah Corniche Circuit that will play host to this weekend’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix was only ever intended to be a temporary home for F1, with the Qiddiya tourism mega-project in Riyadh meant to become the permanent location. Construction delays have pushed back that move until 2027 at the earliest, but on Tuesday the Qiddiya Investment Company (QIC) unveiled its plans for what it is calling the Speed Park Track.

The 21-turn layout has been designed by former F1 driver Alex Wurz and German circuit designer Hermann Tilke, and utilizes the landscape to create multiple elevation changes. The designers say the centerpiece of this will be Turn 1 – known as the “Blade” – that is described as “an awe-inspiring elevated section of circuit that dramatically rises more that 20 stories above the ground.”

The track will include a street circuit section as well as a fast and flowing open portion, and it will be integrated into other attractions within the Qiddiya project. The “Blade” will climb above a music venue, while other sections of the track will pass rollercoasters and a water theme park.