The Saudi Arabian Formula 1 Grand Prix continues at least for the time being, despite an attack with missiles and drones on this Friday’s refinery near the Aramco oil company in Jeddah, less than 20 kilometers from the Corniche circuit. is on. The offensive, which took place at 6:00 pm shortly before the start of the first free trials, was claimed shortly after by Yemen’s Houthi rebels, who also attacked the Rabi and Ras Tanura facilities, both off track. Were. The attack is the latest Houthis have carried out this week in Jeddah, where authorities at King Abdulaziz International Airport were forced to reschedule several flights. It so happens that Aramco, since 2020, is one of the main sponsors of the event and of course the Aston Maarten team as well.
In a meeting organized by the championship’s promoters and local organisers, with representatives of teams and drivers, and which forced the start of the second training session to be delayed by a quarter of an hour, it was concluded that the ACT and Sunday’s race Will continue F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali was joined by then International Automobile Federation (FIA) president Mohamed Ben Sulayem.
“We have got full guarantee that security for the country comes first and it should be guaranteed. They [los funcionarios locales] They are here with their families; In fact, they are here, in the circuit. So they have all the necessary systems in place to protect the region, the city and those places,” agreed Domenicali in a quick meeting with the media. “In this sense, we trust the local authority, so we will go ahead with the event,” said the Italian executive.
Ben Sulayem, for his part, insists that the goals of the Houthis are infrastructure, not civilians. “This is probably the safest place you can live in Saudi Arabia right now. That’s why we keep running”, said Mercedes director Toto Wolff, who for the first time in a long time agreed something with his Red Bull counterpart Christian Horner: “No acts of terrorism will be tolerated. can go. The game should not be intimidated by such a situation; It’s just not acceptable.”