Saudi Arabia on the Formula 1 calendar of 2021
By Robert McGillivray 23 September 2020 | 11:33
It looks more and more like the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix will be part of the 2021 Formula 1 calendar. According to Racefans, a street race is planned in the country's second-largest city in the Middle East, Jeddah, which is home to about 3.5 million people.
The city had already been tipped as the venue for a one-off Grand Prix, but due to the global pandemic, the Jeddah circuit may be able to host more than one race in the coming years. The country is in the process of building a Formula 1 circuit, but that project has been delayed. The street circuit is an alternative.
Formula 1 will want to strengthen its ties with Saudi Arabia after signing a long term sponsorship agreement with Saudi Arabian Oil Company. The new sponsor was already visible during the Hungarian and Spanish Grand Prix. The sponsor will also be seen in Germany.
Will most likely be held late in the year
In order to have enough time to build the street circuit, it is quite possible that the race will be held late in the year. Directly prior to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which is contracted for the season finale. Saudi Arabia has previously welcomed the Formula E and Dakar rallies. (Photo: Red Bull Content Pool/Getty Images)
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