The first grand prix in Saudi Arabia looks increasingly likely to form part of the 2021 F1 calendar.
The city had previously been tipped to host a one-off race next year prior to F1’s relocation to an ambitious, purpose-built facility which is being built in the multi-billion pound entertainment complex Qiddiya. However delays to this project resulting from the global pandemic mean the Jeddah circuit may hold more than one race over the coming years.
Formula 1 is keen to cement its ties with Saudi Arabia after signing a lucrative, long-term sponsorship deal with the Saudi Arabian Oil Company. Its Aramco signage has been highly visible at races this year, and it has title naming rights to the Hungarian, Spanish and Eifel grands prix.
In order to allow maximum time for track construction, the race may be held late in the year immediately prior to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at Yas Marina, which is contracted to hold the season finale.
Saudi Arabia has already held other major motorsport events including Formula E, which held its first race in Ad Diriyah near the capital Riyadh in 2018, and this year’s Dakar rally.
For the latest developments in the 2021 F1 calendar read the new edition of Dieter Rencken’s RacingLines column later today on RaceFans.
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