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Saudi Arabian GP promoter releases renderings of pit building

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09/06/2021

The Saudi Motorsport Company (SMC), promoter of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, has revealed renderings of the pit & team building that will form the centre-piece of the Jeddah circuit.

With just 6 months until the drivers line up on the grid, has unveiled brand new images of the facility that will be home to the teams, drivers, staff and VIP guests alike during the inaugural F1 race weekend in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Considered the heart of a circuit, the pit & team building will overlook the starting grid and back on to Jeddah's majestic Red Sea coast.

Designed by Tilke GmbH architect, Ulrich Merres, the 280m-long, four-storey, cutting-edge structure takes the form of a composed landscape of multi-storey staggered buildings sitting alongside the main straight of the Jeddah Corniche Circuit.

Housing all team garages as well as the race control centre and the Paddock Club premium hospitality suites, the pit & team building will provide guests with a magnificent view down on to the pit lane and starting grid when F1 makes its debut in Jeddah for the penultimate round of the 2021 season.

Designed to fit harmoniously within the track and its surroundings, its architectural expression is equally inspired by its idyllic location on the banks of the Red Sea and the layout of the circuit.

Indeed, the building's functionality, visual connection to the track and sensible positioning mark it out as one of the most unique and innovative structures of its kind, guaranteeing spectacular views of the racing action as well as of the breath-taking Jeddah waterfront.

"We are delighted to share these exclusive renderings of our stunning pit & team building," said HRH Prince Khalid Bin Sultan Al Abdullah Al Faisal, Chairman of the Saudi Automobile & Motorcycle Federation (SAMF). "The pit building stands as a symbol of all that this race represents: welcoming, modern and spectacular.

"With only 6 months to go until the pinnacle of motorsport reaches Saudi Arabia, preparations are progressing at an incredible rate as our dedicated team gears up for the first ever Formula 1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. We can't wait to welcome you to Jeddah next December for a weekend of record-breaking racing and world class entertainment."

Drivers are expected to reach average speeds of 250km/h (155 mph), making it the fastest street circuit in the world - and in the top 5 fastest F1 circuits altogether!

Indeed, the cars are projected to reach top speeds of up to 322km/h (200 mph) as they race towards Turn 27.

Featuring no less than 27 corners, the Jeddah circuit stretches to 6.175km in length, making it the second longest circuit on the current F1 calendar behind the legendary Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps and the longest street circuit in the sport.

Additionally, 3 consecutive sections of the circuit have been marked out as potential DRS Zones.

The fact the race will take place at night under the lights will only add to the atmosphere F1 fans can expect to experience next December.

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1. Posted by kenji, 21 hours ago

"@C5... Not watching a GP as an exercise in moral restraint from your viewpoint is most admirable but IMO, pointless, in the greater scheme of things. Just how many fans do you think it would take to make a scrap of difference? How would anyone know of your crusade and seek to emulate it? The fact is that F1 is a rabid commercial machine and has very little to with actual sport. It uses a sporting umbrella to sell itself but have no illusions about being a real competition, in the true sense of the word. I do know this, there is no way that I would, or could, restrain myself from watching a GP at any time of the day or night. The only time I react is when the ridiculous 'time out' for political agendas comes to my screen. I simply change channels for a couple of minutes until it's all over. Easy....and I get to watch the race without any woke baggage weighing me down. Enjoy Paul Ricard."

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2. Posted by C5, 11/06/2021 9:48

"@kenji I am prepared :-)

The topic has indeed been debate at length. And I'll continue mentioning it at every opportunity as a small way of nudging F1 in a direction I as right. If enough fans do it, F1 will follow. Such is a market economy.

I also totally agree that, given my opinions on this, watching the race would be utterly hypoctitical. So, as I think I did also when the race was first announced, I won't. Just like I won't watch the Russian GP.

Fortunately there's plenty of other races, and so far the season looks better than in years. So, on to France for a hopefully enjoyable race.

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3. Posted by kenji, 11/06/2021 2:12

"@C5...The Khashoggi murder was most foul , sickening in fact, however that was an alleged 'political crime' and as such has no part to play in F1. I reiterate, F1 has to be apolitical. This point has been debated ad nauseum in the past but certain elements refuse to see the issue in a global sense. The fact is that you, as an individual possibly living in a country with some semblance of free speech still available can exercise your inalienable right not to watch the race as a form of valid protest. To do otherwise renders your protest rather hollow..don't you think? Prepare to be disappointed. Irrespective of the politics I shall watch the race and hopefully have an enjoyable experience. The fact that it is in Saudi Arabia means zip to me, just another location, albeit a new one."

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4. Posted by C5, 10/06/2021 22:14

"@kenji, yeah no kidding. Anything short of "Justice for Jamal Khashoggi" will be a major disappointment."

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5. Posted by Greg, 10/06/2021 20:56

"@kenji.. one does wonder "

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6. Posted by kenji, 10/06/2021 6:51

"I wonder what T Shirt slogan the GOAT will wear in Saudi?"

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7. Posted by Greg, 09/06/2021 10:45

"I wonder if women will be allowed to attend.. unaccompanied of course.... let alone drive there. Would be good to see the women's series race there. Slap in the face.."

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8. Posted by kenji, 09/06/2021 1:23

"Looking forward to this new circuit, looks good. Just how interesting the racing will be is yet to be seen but one can always be hopeful...."

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9. Posted by C5, 08/06/2021 17:25

"Looks like they forgot to include the sub-basememt level with the secret prison and interrogation/torture rooms in the render?"

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