F1 raced in Jeddah for the first time in 2021 with Lewis Hamilton beating Max Verstappen to the victory in a dramatic inaugural event. 

Drivers raised concerns about visibility at a number of blind corners with organisers now revealing that they plan to address these ahead of F1’s return to Jeddah in two months.

“The length of time between the two races has enabled us to reflect on some aspects that did and didn’t work,” said Saudi Arabian GP CEO Martin Whitaker. “And we have been striving to improve on some areas for our second event. 

“Firstly, there are going to be one or two slight changes to the track. These tweaks are directly related to a drivers’ sightline from the cockpit. It’s minimal work, but it will help improve forward visibility in a couple of corners. 

“Secondly, we will make some small modifications to the barriers that will favour the lines the drivers take around the course.”

While F1 currently races in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia is currently constructing another circuit near Riyadh dubbed as ‘Qiddiya’.

Whitaker says Saudi Arabia’s focus remains on improving the Jeddah event.

“The most important thing is that the long-term future of a race in Saudi Arabia is secure,” he added. The construction of Qiddiya near Riyadh is ongoing, but the focus is very much on Jeddah at the moment and about maximising the opportunities on this fantastic circuit. 

“There are very few like the one we have on the Corniche, which is challenging, dynamic, long, and super-fast and in such a stunning location. Jeddah continues to be a dynamic shop window for the country, not only from a sporting perspective but for the business community too.

“We plan to build awareness that F1 is a great platform, not only for Saudi companies to showcase their businesses but to welcome global corporations to the country too. Formula 1 presents a great opportunity to do business and also offers a backdrop for people to enjoy networking in a more relaxed atmosphere.”