Saudi Arabia announce Thursday that it will host the Formula 1 Grand Prix in its Red Sea coastal city of Jeddah in Nov. 2021.
The announcement was made on the Jeddah waterfront and the Minister of Sport Prince Abdul Aziz bin Turki Al-Faisal said that the race would increase the number of tourists to the Kingdom.
Announcing the race, Prince Abdul Aziz said ‘Welcome to Formula 1 and welcome to the champions’.
He added that the race would help the Kingdom to become a centre for such international sporting events.
The Jeddah Corniche will be the start and end point of the race, and a variety of recreational and cultural activities will be held to enhance the experience of spectators.
The chairman of the Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle Federation Prince Khalid bin Sultan al-Faisal said that the Kingdom is qualified to host events like the Formula 1 race.
He added that Saudi Arabia has ‘learned a lot from hosting the Dakar Rally, the Electric Formula E series’, and other sporting events during the last two years.
The CEO and executive chairman of the Formula 1 Group Chase Carey welcomed the announcement .
‘Saudi Arabia is growing tremendously to become a major center for sport in the world, and this is evident through the many international events it had held over the past years, and now it will host one of the Formula 1 tours’, Carey Said.
The Kingdom ‘is a very important region for us, especially since its people includes about 70 percent of young people under the age of thirty years, and that is why we are excited to communicate and interact with them and enhance their great passion for Formula 1’, the CEO added.
The Saudi Grand Prix appears on the provisional F1 calendar for 2021 that had been distributed to race teams. It is expected to be the penultimate race of the 2021 season, which will conclude with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit.
Jeddah will host the Saudi race while a new purpose – built track at Qiddiyah is completed, which is expected to be in 2023.