Saudi GP Will Continue As Planned Despite Nearby Missile Attack – WTF1

Saudi GP Will Continue As Planned Despite Nearby Missile Attack

After a huge fire at a nearby oil depot which was spotted from the Jeddah Corniche Circuit, F1 have confirmed that the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix will still continue as planned. 

The start of FP2 was delayed by 15 minutes after a missile strike from Yemen’s Houthi rebel group hit the facility run by F1 and Aston Martin sponsors Aramco, the Saudi Arabian state-run oil company.

Towards the end of FP1, a large black smoke cloud was visible at the depot around six miles from the track and Max Verstappen also reported over the radio that he could “smell a bit of a burning feeling” whilst driving his Red Bull car.

Although FP1 and F2 Qualifying went ahead as planned, FP2 was delayed as all drivers and team bosses attended a briefing by F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali and FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem about the ongoing situation.

According to The Race, Domenicali informed the teams, for now, the weekend will proceed as planned and security for the event ahead this incident has been a priority for the authorities.

He will continue to keep them all updated and is likely to meet Team Principals this evening to share any further info.

Another meeting is scheduled between F1, the FIA and the teams for 10pm local time.

F1 have also issued a statement saying that they have “been in close contact with the relevant authorities following the situation that took place today.

“The authorities have confirmed that the event can continue as planned and we will remain in close contact with them and all the teams and closely monitor the situation.”

7 thoughts on “Saudi GP Will Continue As Planned Despite Nearby Missile Attack

  • As F1 fans we often excuse absolutely disgusting actors, be they authoritarian governments or companies like Aramco that pollute the planet like no one else, just because we love the sport for what it really is about: the racing. But this is insane. I could still “see” why an organization as deprived of morality as the FIA would do anything for money, even if it means supporting war criminals, racists and homophobes. But the fact that they don’t even care for the safety of their most valuable assets, the drivers, really shows how absolutely dystopian this whole situation has gotten. I already had to actively ignore my politics when watching the sport, especially when it comes to Saudi Arabia, whose coalition has been causing the worlds worst humanitarian crisis in Yemen for almost a decade. But its in moments like these where it again becomes very difficult to ignore the horror that this sport can be.

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