Formula 1 admits that Saudi Arabia is late with circuit construction

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA - FEBRUARY 26: In this handout provided by Jaguar, Mitch Evans (NZL) of Panasonic Jaguar Racing, Jaguar I-Type 5 in action during qualifying ahead of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship - Diriyah E-Prix Round 1 on February 26, 2021 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Handout/Getty Images for Jaguar)
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Formula 1 key figures Michael Masi and Stefano Domenicali admit that Saudi Arabia is late with circuit construction. The Jeddah Street Circuit will host the first-ever Saudi Arabian Grand Prix on December 5th. However, the track is far from being completed just a few weeks before the event.

The street circuit is reportedly far from being completed. Undoubtedly, the construction workers will not be able to build all facilities and buildings surrounding the circuit. However, Formula 1 Race Director Michael Masi assures that race promoters will complete everything that’s needed to race in Saudi Arabia,

“They’re up against it , they are. But they’re literally working 24/7 as they have been for quite a long time now. I saw some more photos this morning, and they’ve made a huge progress. But still, a lot to do. So it really is going to be down to the wire, but they’ll get it done.

“Everything we need to put the race on safely we’ll have, I’m confident of that. It was always going to be very close. There’s no doubt about that.”

Michael Masi

Saudi Arabia will be the fastest street circuit

Formula 1 boss Stefano Domenicali says that workers are working the entire day on the new track. Typically, building a Formula 1 track is a one to two-year process; however, the work on the Jeddah street circuit began only nine months ago.

“I think that we are confident with a promoter that he is working day and night, even night and day to arrive there. They are really working very, very hard. You will see the level of investment they will provide. It will be perfect, I’m sure, in the next season.

Stefano Domenicali

The Jeddah Street Circuit is going to be the second-longest track on the calendar. In addition, the circuit has 27 corners, and the average speed will be over 160 mp/h (260 km/h).

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