Formula One has announced that Saudi Arabia will host a Grand Prix from 2021 season around the streets of Jeddah.
The race will be held around the city streets of Jeddah along the corniche which runs along the banks of the red sea, in turn creating a ‘stunning coastal backdrop’ for the weekend’s action.
Outgoing CEO of Formula One, Chase Carey is “… excited to welcome Saudi Arabia to Formula 1 for the 2021 season’ given that Saudi Arabia has slowly began to host a variety of sporting events in recent years, including Anthony Joshua’s Boxing rematch against Andy Ruiz Junior last December.
Saudi Arabia’s Royal Highness and Minister of Sport, Prince Abdulaziz Bin Turki AlFaisal Al Saud welcomed the decision to host a F1 Grand Prix in Jeddah, saying; “Saudi Arabia is accelerating forward and the speed, energy, excitement of Formula 1 perfectly reflects the transformational journey the country is on.”
Al Saud also praised F1’s ability to unite people, saying; No matter where in the world it’s held, Formula 1 is an event that brings people together to celebrate an occasion that goes far beyond sport. We look forward to sharing this unique experience and sharing Jeddah with the world.”
HRH Prince Khalid Bin Sultan Al Faisal, President of Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle Federation acknowledged that the country doesn’t boast a “rich motorsport heritage” but has pointed to the fact that Saudi Arabia has already hosted Formula E in Riyadh on a street circuit.
Al Faisal also stated his belief that this event has huge potential to make positive impact on lives, as he said; “I firmly believe the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix will be the biggest sports event hosted in our country’s history and has the potential to change lives, perceptions and reach new audiences and communities like never before.”
Full details on the 2021 F1 calendar will be released in due course subject to approval from the World Motorsport Council.