Saudi Arabia Honors 1st Female Racer With Prominent Role at Saudi Arabian F1 Grand Prix

Published 11/29/2021, 4:16 PM EST

In getting more women involved in F1, Saudi Arabia has taken a step in the right direction. The organizers of the Saudi Arabian GP have announced that Reema Juffali will be the ambassador for the inaugural race. Juffali is the country’s first female racing driver and will take a lap around the circuit in Jeddah.

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Juffali competed in the Formula 3 championship this year. The 29-year-old will also lap around the circuit in a  1979 Williams Formula 1 car; it carried sponsorship for the national airline. Juffali is eager for the big day. “I’m really looking forward to taking part in the activities over the race weekend and I hope that my story and the journey can provide some inspiration to anyone thinking of following their dream.”

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After the country lifted the ban on women drivers, Juffali became the first Saudi female license holder to take part in a race. A flag bearer for a memorable day, Juffali will be a step forward for F1’s aim of inclusivity.

F1 heads to the final two rounds

The race in Jeddah will kick-start two weeks of intense suspense as the championship protagonists battle it out for two rounds. Although Verstappen has his 8 point lead, nothing is for certain about this battle. Although statistically, this could be a championship-deciding race, the odds are against Max.

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The build-up has been intense and everybody expects to see the championship drag out to Abu Dhabi. In what has been a thrilling season so far, the crucial moment is almost here. However, it is an important race for Verstappen. If the Dutchman finished in the top 2, we will see the titans battle it out on Yas Marina; however, a third and below finish hands Hamilton his eighth title.

Formula One F1 – United States Grand Prix – Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, U.S. – October 24, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates on the podium after winning the race with second place Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton REUTERS/Brian Snyder

However, the battle on top isn’t the only one to look forward to. Ferrari and McLaren can still lock horns before the final race. With a 39.5 point advantage, Ferrari has the upper hand. Although, McLaren isn’t done yet. In Jeddah, the Prancing Horses have to outscore their rivals by five points to cement their P3 place.

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Adding to the list, Jeddah is once again a new venue for the circus. With Losail throwing in fascinating curveballs during the race, one can expect the same to happen Saudi Arabia. Overall, we have a thrilling race awaiting us.

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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