Who is Carsten Tilke, the Designer of the Saudi Arabia F1 Circuit & The Son of Hermann Tilke?

Published 11/25/2021, 5:42 AM EST


After the eventful Qatar Grand Prix, the next race on the F1 calendar is the Saudi Arabian GP in Jeddah. This would be the first time the Formula One paddock is heading off to Saudi Arabia and fighting their battles on the newly built track.

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The Formula One community doesn’t know a lot about the circuit, and if it would be able to hold an exciting race. But more importantly, who is responsible for making the new track?

The person behind the new F1 track in Saudi Arabia

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Fans are excited to see a new venue being added to an interesting fight between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen. Within a week’s time, the paddock will be in Jeddah for round twenty-one of this season. So, before the lights go out in Sunday’s race, a question that has been on the minds of the fans is, who built the circuit?

The person responsible for the track is Carsten Tilke. An interesting thing about Tilke is that his father is a German racing driver named Hermann Tilke.

 

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The track will be hosting the Grand Prix from the 3rd to the 5th of December. The circuit length is 6.174km; having fifty laps around the track, it is said to cover a race distance of 308.45 km.

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What did Tilke have to say about the track?

Being given the responsibility of building a new track for Formula One can be a daunting task. With the race scheduled for next week, Tilke gives his thoughts on the new circuit that has been added to the F1 calendar.

He said, “Why this circuit works so well is that it will have the atmosphere of an urban venue, but the space and run-off so we can increase the speed of the corners.”

“This is something you can normally only do at a permanent facility, but here we have been able to create very challenging fast corners that the drivers will love.”

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“I have driven the lap many times on the simulator and with sections featuring walls close to the edge of the circuit, you really need to concentrate to avoid making a mistake. It will be very rewarding for those who can master all 27 corners,” he concluded.

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The championship fight between the two title contenders is getting exciting with every race. Who do you think will claim victory in Jeddah? Let us know in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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