We do not yet know in detail the Formula 1 calendar for next season, but it is already clear that there will be at least one big novelty. For the first time in its history, Saudi Arabia will host an F1 Grand Prix.
The event will take place at night in the streets of the coastal city of Jeddah, as announced Thursday by the Minister of Sports, Prince Abdel Aziz bin Turki al-Faisal. “I am pleased to officially announce that Jeddah will host one of the F1 races,” the minister said at a ceremony on the corniche of the city of western Saudi Arabia, located on the Red Sea.
This novelty is part of the country’s recent project of seduction, which is also making great efforts to organize sporting events (football with Argentina-Brazil last year, boxing, etc.).
Saudi Arabia, where women have only been able to drive for a few years, has been hosting Formula E (electric sports cars) races for two years. The city of Jeddah was also the starting point for the last Dakar last January.
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