Jeddah Will Host The Saudi Arabia F1 Event At Least Through 2027
January 20, 2023 / By Zunair Tahir / Automotive News
The Jeddah Corniche Circuit, which was planned to be the grand prix’s temporary home until it moved to the newly constructed city of Qiddiya on the outskirts of Riyadh, staged Saudi Arabia’s inaugural F1 event in 2021.
However, with a lot of the temporary facilities at the track being converted to permanent ones, Jeddah is now anticipated to host the event for at least another four years while construction on the cutting-edge facility proceeds.
According to Martin Whitaker, CEO of the Saudi Motorsport Company, which organizes the race, “it’s important that we future proof the Jeddah track. For this reason, we have again been working with the FIA and Formula 1 to ensure that we have a circuit that will allow us to stage the sport in Jeddah while work begins on the track in Qiddiya.”
The Qiddiya Automotive Center is being developed to be the best Formula 1 circuit and entertainment venue in the world. Everyone will want to visit Qiddiya since it is a distinctive and fascinating undertaking.
However, Jeddah and the Red Sea shoreline in March will be in the spotlight right now and for the foreseeable future.
After agreeing to a date exchange with Australia, Saudi Arabia is expected to host the opening round of the 2024 Formula One season. This would avoid conflicting with the holy month of Ramadan, which runs from 10 March to 9 April.
Whitaker insisted that more discussions with F1 and the FIA were necessary to determine the precise grand prix scheduling and schedule.
Naturally, it would be difficult to conduct a Grand Prix during Ramadan due to its sacredness, although Formula 1 and the FIA ultimately have the last say in the date of the event the following year.
So, with reference to our 2024 date, we are awaiting information from the promoter and regulatory body. This won’t be disclosed until much later in the year, as usual.
Drivers and team managers held discussions into the early hours of Saturday about perhaps calling off the rest of the weekend, but safety precautions were put in place, and the weekend went on as planned.
Prior to the 2023 race, discussions between race organizers and drivers were held, and Whitaker stated that safety was still of “utmost concern to everyone who attends the race.”
It is our responsibility as a promoter to make sure that fans feel secure while they are in the city and at the track, he continued.
It has been a major goal in the year since the race in March to emphasize this message to the Formula 1 community.
Discussions with the drivers and team principals have been a top priority, and I’d like to believe that the clear messages we and the authorities have sent have given everyone travelling to Jeddah the assurance that Saudi, like so many other races on the F1 calendar, is completely safe and that the hospitality of the Saudi people is foremost in the minds of all visitors.
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