Undisclosed Official in Jeddah Provides a Concerning Update for the Saudi Arabian GP

Published 09/30/2021, 5:42 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 26, 2021 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc during the race REUTERS/Anton Vaganov


Formula One will go to Saudi Arabia for the first time in its history. It will hold the Saudi Arabian GP in the streets of Jeddah on December 5, 2021. It is supposed to be the fastest street circuit in F1 and also the second-longest track In F1 after Spa.

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The track will have 24 corners and will be 6.2 km long. However, the construction of the circuit is still not completed yet with just two months to go for the race. An undisclosed official mentioned the constructors are working 24 hours a day.

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Will the Saudi Arabian GP track in Jeddah be completed in time?

As reported by Gazzetta, the official stated that there is still some work left at the circuit and they are doing their best to complete it before the deadline.

It’s a race against time. We work 24 hours a day,” said the official.

The organizers in Saudi Arabia are hopeful that they can complete the construction of the in-time for race.

“We are expecting a large number of visitors, especially from Europe and the USA; we are investing heavily in the project and we expect to return the costs from ticket sales and advertising,” said the organizers in Jeddah.

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The latest race, which looks likely to be announced in several days, is the race in Qatar. It will replace the already canceled Australian Grand Prix on the 19-21 November weekend. The Losail International Circuit already has a Grade 1 license and is used for hosting MotoGP.

Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 24, 2021, Red Bull team principal Christian Horner during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES

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With a championship so close, F1 will be closely monitoring the progress of the Jeddah circuit. It is reported that they will also announce Qatar GP soon.

Will we see a race in Saudi Arabia and Qatar in 2021? Let us know.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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