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Saudi Arabia: Formula 1 is coming to Jeddah

The first Formula 1 Grand Prix of Saudi Arabia will take place in the streets of the coastal city of Jeddah in the west of the country, while the Qiddiya circuit, which is to host the event, is completed.

The first Formula 1 Grand Prix of Saudi Arabia will take place in the streets of the coastal city of Jeddah in the west of the country. It is expected to be the penultimate race of the 2021 season, which will end with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at Yas Marina.

Jeddah will host the race until the specially built Qiddiya circuit is completed.

 

 

Back to normal?

This is one of the 22 races on the provisional 2021 calendar, with F1 planning to return to a calendar
as close as possible to normal after this year’s interruption. The first 10 races of 2020 have either been postponed or cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Saudi Arabia is becoming increasingly interested in motor sports. Indeed, in 2018, Riyadh hosted the first Middle East Formula E championship in Diriyah with 23,000 spectators (the second took place at the end of 2019), and this year the country organized its first Dakar Rally, a 7,800 km race that started in Jeddah and ended in Qiddiyah.