Reports Link F1 to a Potential Race in Saudi Arabia Starting 2021

Published 01/14/2020, 5:17 AM EST
Abu Dhabi and Bahrain are the only races in the Middle East so far


The Formula One empire continues to expand with the sport approaching more venues to host an F1 race. According to the latest rumors, the next venue on the radar is Saudi Arabia, courtesy a proposed £50million-a-year deal.

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As per Sportsmail, F1 could make its third visit to the Middle-East, as early as the 2021 F1 season. Rumour has it, that F1 is considering a one-off street race in Jeddah. However a full circuit will be under construction till then.

The only hurdle will be trying to find space on the F1 calendar, especially considering that other venues like Miami are also in the pipeline.

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On the other end of the scale, Saudi Arabia’s presence in the sporting scene is rising. Especially after events like the Spanish Super Cup final, Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz II, Saudi International – European Tour, Amir Khan vs Billy Dib, WWE’s ‘Crown Jewel’, Supercoppa Italiana, Saudi Cup, Saudi Arabia Snooker Masters, and the Saudi Arabia Formula ePrix

Sources close to the proposed Saudi deal assured that the deed was ‘as good as done.’ According to Sportsmail, Formula One and Aramco, the desert kingdom’s state-owned oil giant, agreed to a global sponsorship deal.

Bahrain will have even more company

Is a new F1 venue in Saudi Arabia feasible?

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Another major hurdle for F1 to navigate will be the numerous human rights issues that the country faces. It is also note-worthy that the teams, sponsors, journalists, and fans were guaranteed Liberty Media’s protection.

If all goes well, then the race could bag an early-season slot, so that they can avoid the May-September summer heat.

Interestingly, the Bahrain International Circuit authorities welcomed the move. They insisted that a race in Saudi Arabia will only boost the Middle East’s prominence in motorsport.

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However, some say that no races will have to be sacrificed to make way for Saudi Arabia and Miami. In other words, the calendar could likely extend to a record 24.

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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