F1 News: Saudi Arabian Grand Prix Set To Continue Despite Terrorist Attack
The Saudi Arabian Grand Prix is set to go ahead following the missile attack on an oil facility nearby.
The missile attack happened roughly 12 miles away from the F1 track and Yemen’s Houthi rebel group have taken responsibility for it, according to Associated Press.
Red Bull driver, Max Verstappen, reported back to his team that he could smell smoke as pillars of smoke could be seen in the background.
F1 CEO, Stefano Domenicali, called an emergency meeting with the drivers and team bosses delaying the start of FP2. Domenicali advised that as things currently stand, they are planning to carry on with the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
An F1 spokesperson said:
“F1 has been in close contact with the relevant authorities following the situation that took place today,”
“The authorities have confirmed that the event can continue as planned and we will remain in close contact with them and all the teams and closely monitor the situation.”
FP2 started at 5.15pm (GMT) but there is another meeting scheduled at 7pm to talk about how is best to move forward.
Saudi Motorsport Group released the following statement:
“We are aware of the attack on the Aramco distribution station in Jeddah earlier this afternoon and remain in direct contract with the Saudi security authorities, as well as F1 and the FIA to ensure all necessary security and safety measures continue to be implemented to guarantee the safety of all visitors to the F1 STC Saudi Arabian Grand Prix as well as all drivers, teams and stakeholders.
“The race weekend schedule will continue as planned. The safety and security of all our guests continue to be our main priority and we look forward to welcoming fans for a weekend of premium racing and entertainment.”