Here are all the facts and statistics you need to know about Jeddah Corniche Circuit ahead of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix!
Track length: 6.174km
Race length: 308.450km
Circuit opened: 2021
F1 first visited: 2021
Races held: 3
Track Record: 1:27.511, Lewis Hamilton, 2021
Lap Record: 1:30.734, Lewis Hamilton, 2021
Formula 1 raced at Jeddah Corniche Circuit for the first time in 2021. It is the fastest street track on which Formula 1 has ever raced.
The circuit has hosted the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix three times so far. The first two races at the Jeddah venue – in 2021 and 2022 – were held within 112 days of one another.
The 2021 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix was held as the penultimate round of the 2021 season, while both the 2022 and 2023 events were the second round of their respective seasons.
There’s yet to be a repeat winner at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
The three races held at Jeddah Corniche Circuit so far have all had different winners. Lewis Hamilton took victory in 2021, Max Verstappen won in 2022 and Sergio Perez was victorious in 2023.
Red Bull hold the record for most team wins at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix having won the last two events. Mercedes are the only other team to have won here.
British, Dutch and Mexican drivers are all tied for most wins for a nation at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, with one apiece.
At the 2023 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, Red Bull became the first team to record a 1-2 finish at Jeddah Corniche Circuit. Each race at the track so far has featured a team finish with both cars on the podium. In addition to Red Bull’s 1-2 result in 2023, both Mercedes drivers finished on the podium (in 1st and 3rd), while both Ferraris finished in the top three in 2022 (in 2nd and 3rd).
Hamilton holds the record for largest Saudi Arabian Grand Prix winning margin
Lewis Hamilton currently holds the record for the largest winning margin at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, having taken victory in 2021 by 21.825 seconds.
In 2022, Max Verstappen crossed the line just 0.594 seconds ahead of Charles Leclerc, making it the smallest win margin so far at Jeddah Corniche Circuit.
From the three races held here so far, the average winning margin is 9.258 seconds.
ON THE PODIUM
Seven different drivers have stood on the podium at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
Verstappen is the only repeat podium finisher at Jeddah Corniche Circuit
Max Verstappen is the only driver to record multiple podium finishes at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, having finished in the top three in all three races at Jeddah Corniche Circuit to date.
All of the drivers who’ve finished on the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix podium are on the 2024 grid. In addition to Max Verstappen’s three podium finishes, Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas, Charles Leclerc, Carlos Sainz, Fernando Alonso and Sergio Perez each have a single top three finish in Jeddah.
Red Bull hold the record for most Saudi Arabian Grand Prix podiums
So far, four different teams have finished on the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix podium. Red Bull have the most, with four, while Mercedes and Ferrari have two apiece. Aston Martin became the fourth team to finish on the podium at Jeddah Corniche Circuit in 2023.
Sergio Perez holds the record for most Saudi Arabian Grand Prix poles, with two in the last two years. Lewis Hamilton took pole for the inaugural race at Jeddah Corniche Circuit.
Red Bull have the record for most poles at Jeddah Corniche Circuit thanks to Perez’s two poles, while Mercedes are the only other team who have taken pole here.
The 2021 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix is the only race in Jeddah at which a team has secured a front row lock-out. Mercedes did so on that occasion.
The largest pole margin at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix is 0.55s
The three qualifying sessions held so far at Jeddah Corniche Circuit have been decided by relatively small margins. Sergio Perez holds the record for the largest pole margin at the track, having taken pole by 0.155 seconds in 2023.
Sergio Perez secured pole position by only 0.025 seconds at the 2022 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. It’s the smallest margin by which pole has been taken so far in Jeddah.
From the three Saudi Arabian Grands Prix held so far at Jeddah Corniche Circuit, the average pole margin is 0.097 seconds.
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The Saudi Arabian Grand Prix has been won from pole position twice so far, in 2021 and 2023. In 2022, polesitter Sergio Perez finished fourth.
In 2023, Perez became the first polesitter at Jeddah Corniche Circuit in which the polesitter did not led at the end of the first lap. Perez crossed the line second on that occasion.
Max Verstappen holds the record for the furthest back position from which the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix has been won, having won from fourth on the grid in 2022.
Every podium finish except one has come from the front two rows of the grid
Max Verstappen’s 2022 win from 4th on the grid and his podium finish from 15th on the grid in 2023 are the only podium finishes at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix which has not come from the top three on the grid.
The 2021 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix is the only race at the track so far in which all of the top three starters have finished on the podium. There’s yet to be a race here in which the top three finish in the same order as they started.
So far, there have been 150 racing laps completed at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
Seven drivers have completed all 150 Grand Prix laps raced at Jeddah Corniche Circuit to date: Lewis Hamilton, Carlos Sainz, Max Verstappen, Lando Norris, Esteban Ocon, Charles Leclerc and Pierre Gasly.
Mercedes and Ferrari are the only teams to have seen both of their drivers complete all 50 laps in all three races held at Jeddah Corniche Circuit.
From the 60 cars which have entered a race here, 58 have started. Both Mick Schumacher and Yuki Tsunoda failed to start the race in 2022.
From the 58 cars which have started races here, 46 have reached the chequered flag. That gives a finish rate of 79%.
The 2023 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix was the first time that more than 12 drivers completed every lap in the Grand Prix. 17 drivers finished on the same lap as race winner Sergio Perez in 2023.
Max Verstappen holds the record for most points scored in Saudi Arabia, having picked up 62 points across the two races held so far at the track.
Three drivers share the record for most fastest laps
Lewis Hamilton, Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen currently share the record for most fastest laps in Jeddah, each having set the Sunday pace once.
Perez has led the most laps here
Sergio Perez has led the most laps of any driver at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, having spent 61 laps at the front of the field at Jeddah Corniche Circuit.
Six drivers have led a lap in total at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
There’s yet to be a Jeddah race in which the eventual winner has led every lap. In both of the first races held at the circuit, the winner was not the driver who led the most laps in the race. Hamilton led 18 laps on his way to victory in 2021, while Verstappen led just six laps in 2022.
Charles Leclerc holds the record for most laps led at Jeddah Corniche Circuit without taking victory. He led 30 laps of the 2022 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
While both the 2021 and 2022 races featured three different drivers leading a lap of the Grand Prix, there were only two lap leaders in 2023.
Safety Cars and Red Flags at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix
The Safety Car has made six appearances so far at the track.
In addition to the two Safety Car periods in 2021, there were also six Virtual Safety Car periods and two formation laps which took place behind the Safety Car.
The 2021 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix is the only race to be red-flagged at the circuit. The event featured two red flags – one the result of a collision for Mick Schumacher and the other as a result of a pile-up at the race’s first restart.
There has never been a rain-affected race at Jeddah Corniche Circuit. We’re unlikely to see a wet weather race here, given that the city gets only half a day’s worth of rain in the entire month of March.
The 2021 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix is the Jeddah race which has seen the most cars finish. 15 of the 20 starters crossed the finish line on that occasion. In 2022, just 13 cars reached the end of the race; a new record low for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
There’s yet to be a first lap retirement at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
A World Champion has never been crowned at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, with both titles still up for grabs after all three races held so far at the track.
After the 2021 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton were tied on points. It left them heading into the final round of the season level on points – the first time this had happened since 1974.
The winner of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix has been crowned World Champion in the same season once: in 2022.
The Saudi Arabian Grand Prix polesitter is yet to win the title in the same season as they have taken pole at the track.