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The race is on! Iconic Rolex arch is unveiled on the Jeddah Corniche

With clock counting down the 300 days until the debut of the Formula 1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix

Jeddah, February 8th: Saudi Arabia today marked the 300-day countdown to its debut Saudi Arabian Grand Prix with the unveiling of one of the championship’s most iconic structures – the Rolex arch – on the Jeddah Corniche.

The first official part of the build for December’s much-anticipated street race to arrive in the Kingdom, the 7m high x 16m wide arch was revealed this morning and bridges across the Corniche’s coastal pedestrian walkway.

The Rolex clock was set in motion by HRH Prince Khalid Bin Sultan Al Faisal, Chairman of the Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle Federation (SAMF), who are helping organize the race.

From today until December 5th, it will count down the days, hours, and minutes until lights out on the Kingdom’s inaugural Grand Prix, and when the whole of Jeddah will roar with the engines of 20 F1® cars hurtling through its streets.

His Royal Highness Prince Khalid said: “It was only a few months ago we announced the debut Saudi Arabian Grand Prix – and now we already have one of racing’s most recognizable structures on the ground here on the Jeddah Corniche. Three hundred days to go may seem like a long time, but with all the hype, all the buzz, all the anticipation around the race, it is guaranteed to feel a lot quicker!

“Having this iconic Rolex countdown clock in situ here on the Corniche allows the Saudi people to savour every second of the build-up to what promises to be yet another incredible, landmark moment in our country’s history. It gives us great pleasure to bring this very first part of the true F1 experience to the people of Jeddah and know our motorsport-obsessed population will feel the same excitement we do upon seeing this first piece of our own race here on ground in Saudi Arabia.

“The countdown is well and truly on to the first ever Formula 1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix!”

The timepiece is situated on the heart of the Jeddah Corniche and is set to become a selfie hotspot, having already attracted hundreds of passers-by in only its first day.

It is set to tick down to the exact moment the race begins – at 19:00 KSA time on December 5, 2021. 

Details about the final race track remain under-wraps for the time-being, but fans have been told to expect a thrilling route designed to allow for high-speed racing and overtaking.

The debut Formula 1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix will take place December 3-5, 2021. For more information and to keep up to date with everything around the race, visit the #SaudiArabianGP social media channels – @saudiarabiangp on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.