The Jeddah circuit delivered a spectacular event last year, but a number of drivers raised safety concerns over the last high-speed section of the city track.
The biggest concern was that the nature of the barriers limited visibility in some of the fast sections, which posed a safety risk in that drivers could not see far enough ahead of them in the event of an incident.
Speaking of the latest developments on the track, race CEO Martin Whitaker explained that work will be done to address those concerns and improve visibility before the event returns in March.
“We tried to improve certain areas for our second event,” he explained. “First of all, there are going to be one or two slight changes on the track.
“These adjustments are directly related to the drivers line of sight from the cockpit. It’s minimal work, but it will help improve forward visibility in a few corners. Second, we’ll be making some small changes to the barriers that will help pilot trajectories on the course.
Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B
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With much of the infrastructure surrounding the venue not completed in time for last December’s race, more recent work should improve things considerably this time around, especially for fans attending the event.
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Whitaker added, “We are working on a few areas to improve the experience for fans returning to the track in March. We plan to move some angles of the stands to improve visibility and at the same time we plan to increase the size and expand the Fan Zones, which have proven to be extremely popular.
“We had to prepare the whole installation in a short time, but now, with this small gap compared to our second race, we are in a better position to understand our limits. Due to our location, we can’t change too much as the track is positioned on a narrow strip of land by the sea, but we certainly watch the entrance and exit of the circuit.
“Due to the limitations of the runway location, traffic management was an issue and certain features of the road network created unnecessary delays. There are lessons we learned, and now we have the time to iron out those aspects to ensure that everyone who returns will have an equally good, if not better, experience.